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Italian literary superstar Niccolò Ammaniti’s debut novel, I’m Not Scared, prompted gushing praise, hit international best-seller lists, and was made into a smash indie film. With his highly anticipated follow-up, Ammaniti takes his unparalleled empathy for children, his scythe-sharp observations, and his knack for building tension to a whole new level. In a tiny Italian v ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 10th 2007 by Canongate U.S. (first published 1999)
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Ci riprovo dopo averlo accantonato per intolleranza un paio di anni fa e miracolosamente finisco il libro in pochi giorni.
Lungi da me l’intento di polemizzare con quelli che lo hanno amato, ma a me questo romanzo è sembrato una fiera di ovvietà e luoghi comuni, dalla contestualizzazione dei fatti narrati, alla caratterizzazione dei vari personaggi.
La prosa colloquiale, forzosamente leggera (nonché povera ed elementare sia a livello lessicale che sintattico), corrisponderà senz’altro alla scelt
Chiara Pagliochini
« Tu sei come me. Tu non vali niente. Io non ti posso salvare. Non ti voglio salvare. A me non mi ha salvato nessuno. »

La storia di come questo libro è arrivato nelle mie mani è piuttosto carina e, se vorrete concedermi un momentino, ve la racconterò. Innanzitutto questo libro è un regalo di mia sorella dalla Fiera di Torino (alla quale, per Somma Ingiustizia del Fato, lei è andata e io no). Fin qui, a dir la verità, non ci sarebbe niente di carino. La parte carina comincia quando questo libro a
Let me start by saying that contemporary Italian literature somewhat scares me; I've been permanently scarred by some of the novels I've read. Ammaniti's Io non ho paura (I'm not afraid) was one of those; it left me with a strange intense feeling of discomfort I'm not really able to describe. But this one turned my whole view on Ammaniti and Italian prose upside down: it's a brilliant story with an unpredictable chain of events and it's packed with quirky colourful characters. Sure, the ending w ...more
I'LL STEAL YOU AWAY is the captivating and endearing tale of Ischiano Scalo's small-town residents, a kind of comic-tragic WINESBURG, OHIO. All of the characters in this novel demand your empathy: Once you start in on their troubles, their small victories, and their life-destroying defeats, the book is impossible to put down. And because this is Ammaniti, you can be sure that the children encounter something so disfiguring, yet so heartbreakingly human, that they can't help but be thrust into ad ...more
I devoured this book, just like the other two Ammaniti books i've recently read. And for good reason....this author knows how to tell a compelling and heart pulling story like very few other authors know how to do. Ammaniti takes the lives of ordinary people and tells it just how it is. In this book...the dreams and desires and fantasies of the characters take hold of you. I understand the multiple dreams and wishes that Graziano flits to and from like a butterfly from flower to flower. I know w ...more
Vrinda Pendred
I much preferred 'I'm Not Scared' - this book jumped around so much there was no real focus and I found it hard to care much about any of the characters and despite Pietro being the 'hero' of the book, and despite the ending all relating to his situation at home, his parents and home life were actually shown so little, in fact probably no more than about 20 out of the total 400 pages of the book, that I just couldn't bring myself to understand/forgive/care and just thought Pietro started out lov ...more
The book was gift, since the book merchant knew it was anything but literature... and gave it to me to learn what I'd think of it. Following a sane policy for avid readers, to put down a book after ten or so pages, one can imagine what was the outcome. If a writer (or scribbler) hasn't managed to present living characters or experiences (they could have happened in the present, past or future) to the selective readers' imagination, and to captivate their attention in the first chapter or... ten ...more
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Pietro Moroni finds at the end of the school year that he's the only student in his class not to pass. The crushing blow sets the tone for the rest of the story and we're taken back six months to learn the events leading up to the failing. Additionally we meet Graziano Biglia, the small Italian town's prodigal son, who returns under his own set of extenuating circumstances. There are other characters as well, from Gloria, Pietro's best friend, to Flora Palmieri, Pietro's favorite teacher. Each o ...more
Christopher Walker
So awful that I couldn't put it down. Cover to cover with cliches. The young outsider protagonist plays with snakes (thus is 'different') and idolises the older manly protagonist who, if memory serves, has a barrel chest and long-flowing lion-like hair, plays guitar, once had his heart broken and consequently became something of a local Don Juan, drives a motorcycle (or a convertible sports car), has a mum who can cook the 'best Italian', and who pulls the mousey and virginal local schoolteacher ...more
WHEW. cosi intenso ed un po inquietante (INTENSE and a little disturbing). i could not put this book down, and when i read the last line, i almost started crying. ammaniti can tell a story.
of course i cannot speak to the translation, but i encourage anyone to give it a shot in english and let me know how is.
“Don’t judge a book by its cover” more like “don’t judge a book by its freaking title”, dammit. (But as for the English edition, the cover, too, since it’s really lovely).

Let me start with the most obvious thing: the writing. Especially in some parts, the writing was so less than average that you got the feeling any wannabe author could have written those lines, which left me deeply dumbfounded considering all the literary prizes the author has won over the years. Some examples of that were alo
I actually finished this two days ago, but I did not feel able to compose a comprehensive review (not that I feel able now) and I think that this is not a book that deserves to be closed without a word.
The feeling I had while reading this book was as if I was a bystander to a disaster, so similar to the feeling I had in the beginning of "Memory" by Lois McMaster Bujold Pamćenje. The helpless frozen feeling, when you see someone going backwards ever closer to the brink of a cliff, but you can't
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Ammaniti's novel starts like an Italian village movie (Amarcord or Cinema Paradiso, for example) but one set in the contemporary era. Three characters get the majority of his attention. Pietro Moroni is a small boy, friendless except for Gloria, a wealthy, beautiful tomboy whose parents have always liked his calming influence. They're close friends, but he's in love with her. Pietro is having trouble with a trio of local bullies.

Graziano Biglia is a singer who does contemp
Pietro Moroni, 12 anni, viene bocciato. Dietro alla sua bocciatura ci sono sei mesi di ragioni, di storie e personaggi che si intrecciano, si sfiorano e vengono a contatto in un vortice di coincidenze.

Siamo a Ischiano Scalo, un paese dove il bar e le puttane rappresentano gli svaghi piu’ ambiti dai locali. Dove le mogli sono casalinghe e maltrattate, dove I meccanici sognano di andare in Alaska a costruire bastoncini di pesce, dove presidi e I poliziotti si accaniscono sulle loro vittime con fe
Josipa Marenić
Jednostavno ljudi, sve knjige koje su prevedene od Ammanitija treba pročitati!
Un libro meraviglioso. Una narrazione autentica che ci catapulta subito nella vita dei personaggi, nei loro sogni e nelle loro debolezze. Mentre le pagine scorrono veloci sembra davvero di ritrovarsi a Ischiano Scalo e di toccare con mano i luoghi dove la vicenda si srotola e le varie storie iniziano ad intrecciarsi.
Così ci si affeziona presto ai due protagonisti del libro, che sembrano rappresentare bene l’anello debole di una società malata; una società dove prevale la legge del più forte, do
Riccardo Marratzu
Gran libro.

Lo lessi la prima volta alcuni anni fa, poi in settimana me lo sono ri-letto in formato epub.
"Ti prendo e ti porto via" è la storia di due personaggi: Pietro, un bambino di seconda media, intelligente, di famiglia povera e vittima predestinata dei bulli di paese, e Graziano, 44enne cantante e musicista da villaggio vacanze, burino certificato e detentore della coppa "Trumbador" (più di trecento donne in una sola estate.) Questi due personaggi, altrimenti agli opposti, sono accomuniati
This book is fantastic. It's as if it were written single-mindedly to satisfy me as a reader. Amazing characters wrapped up in a gut-wrenching plot that did not let me go until it wrung every emotional response possible from my willing psyche. This is a work that does not bother with superfluities; anything that might distract from the inevitability of the superbly-crafted story is stripped, leaving pure narrative. I can't say enough positive things about this book.
Un libro unico e straordinario che narra e intreccia amore,amicizia e compassione. Pietro, un ragazzino continuamente infastidito da teppisti e Graziano Biglia, alternativo playboy , si ritrovano a ripercorrere due storie parallele e ad affrontare continue vicende.
Libro dotato di una struttura quasi perfetta, l'autore crea un'impeccabile sinfonia di personaggi e avvenimenti che travolge ed entusiasma fino all'ultima riga.
Ho un brutto rapporto con gli autori italiani.
Finora, nessuno di quei (pochi) autori moderni con cui ho avuto un incontro letterario - cito Carrisi e Faletti come casi eclatanti di successo mediatico le cui cause restano, per me, oscure - mi ha colpita positivamente. Forse mi hanno solo "colpita", in qualche modo, e basta. Come mi ha colpita questo "Ti prendo e ti porto via".
La storia ruota attorno a microcosmi che si toccano, s'incontrano, certe volte s'intrecciano, per pochi istanti o per un t
Procyon Lotor
Potlatch? Kula? In ogni caso uno spreco. Il romanzo comparve nella collana noir italiano di Repubblica e come tale fu acquistato. Non � un noir... Incomincia bene, un ragazzino (Pietro) e una ragazzina (Gloria) conducono la loro amicizia sui generis per le imprescindibili differenze sociali, generata in modo assai plausibile in un posto, Ischiano Scalo, poco fertile per le deviazioni probabilistiche dallo standard e i tunnel quantici. Pietro ha un trauma non banale per la sua et� (bocciato) e il ...more
Menno van Beek
Wauw, wat kan deze man schrijven. De Italiaanse (vertaalde) beeldspraken zijn inspirerend. Sinds Joe Speedboot geen boek gelezen dat zo heerlijk doorleest. Je verslindt het. Ik wil meer Ammaniti, meer, meer....

Het verhaal is ook schitterend, waarin vele verhaallijnen samenvloeien in een mooi samenhangende, boeiende en snelle roman die iedereen gelezen MOET hebben.
Ancora una volta una storia di adolescenti, Ammaniti forse punta in alcune parti un po' troppo alla resa cinematografica, ma il libro e' comunque notevole, personalmente lo trovo anche superiore a "Io non ho paura", anche se un po' più cupo.
Beautiful novel. Like "Io non ho paura", you cannot put it down once you start... a great novel!
Helen Powel
I would pass 1,5 stars, this book was not for me. I have seen the book adaptation I am not afraid (Io non ho paura) which movie I liked a lot. My script coach recommended this book to me because I am writing a thriller at the moment myself. Different storylines of characters in and around a village come together at a certain point and move away again. It took around 300 pages of the 400 before I found myself involved with the story. Needless to say for me it was a struggle to read because I did ...more
Deze maand stond dit boek op de leeslijst van de boekgrrls. Judith was degene die het boek nomineerde. Zij vond het boek zowel grappig als serieus en ook nog eens lekker weglezen.

Van de achterflap: Een klein fictief dorp, Ischiano Scalo, aan de Italiaanse Rivièra, is het toneel voor twee adembenemende liefdesverhalen. Graziano Biglio is een veertigjarige playboy - met geblondeerd haar, zonnebankteint en strakke leren broek - die het buitengewoon met zichzelf heeft getroffen. Hij speelt gitaar en
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Ammaniti è un grande. Scrittore. Fabulatore. Intrattenitore. Romanziere. Letto durante le vacanze estive, ho fatto in modo che mi scivolasse addosso molto lentamente in modo di gustarmelo appieno. Scopro tardi gli autori italiani, a parte Eco e i grandi classici immancabili, gran rammarico a questo punto perchè mi sono reso conto che la mia anglofilia mi ha privato di perle rare come queste. Prima ho scoperto Baricco, poi Benni e adesso Ammaniti, contrariamente ai più ho apprezzato moltissimo an ...more
Pietro Moroni is een 12-jarig jochie in een klein dorpje aan de Italiaanse Noordkust, Ischiano Scalo. Het is een stil kind dat uit een gezin komt met een vader die nogal losse handjes heeft, een murw-geslagen moeder en zijn tien jaar oudere broer die in leren jack de schapen van het gezin hoedt terwijl hij droomt van emigreren. Het is een stil en teruggetrokken jochie in wiens leven het niet gaat om gelijk krijgen maar om het direct toegeven dat hij degene is die schuldig is (of dat nou waar is ...more
Terwijl de titel mij doet denken aan Gers Pardoel en de fictieve achterflap mij een "meesterlijke roman" belooft, kom ik niet verder dan meh. En dat is dan ook meteen wat ik van het boek vind.

Meh, met zijn pretentieuze popiejopie sex, drugs & rock'n'roll. Meh, met de zinloze intermezzo's die niets met het verhaal te maken hebben of er iets aan toevoegen. Meh, met de oppervlakkige personages.

Ik haal je op, ik neem je mee klinkt meeslepend, maar is het niet. Twee verhaallijnen raken "op dramat
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Niccolò Ammaniti was born in Rome in 1966. He has written three novels and a collection of short stories. He won the prestigious Italian Viareggio-Repaci Prize for Fiction with his bestselling novel I'm Not Scared, which has been translated into thirty-five languages.
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