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Been Here a Thousand Years: A Novel

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In a tiny, ancient Italian hill town, where the land gives little and money and food are scarce, Don Francesco Falcone is a man to be reckoned with: rich, powerful, restless, intransigent. When he meets another force of nature, Concetta, a penniless but indestructible farmworker, the stage is set for the creation of an exceptional family: generations of strong, complicate
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Picador (first published 2006)
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TheAuntie
confermo...

... che nella parte finale ci sia come un cambio di tono e di stile nella scrittura. Mi sembra che il calo cominci dalla gravidanza di Alba e continui poi per tutta la parte dedicata a Gioia.
E tutta questa seconda parte non è riuscita a farmi sentire coinvolta, nonostante il percorso formativo e l'età ipotetica di Gioia possano coincidere con uno spezzone della mia gioventù: il 16 marzo 1978 mi trovavo in un altro liceo a soli pochi passi di distanza dagli scalini dell'E.Duni su cui e
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Sandra
Molto bello questo romanzo di Mariolina Venezia. Ho letto alcuni commenti che lo definiscono un “cent’anni di solitudine” lucano. Confermo che dalle prime pagine questa è stata la sensazione che ho provato anch’io. Come il capolavoro di Marquez, anche in questo caso siamo in presenza di un racconto bidimensionale, diviso tra il microcosmo di ciascun personaggio e il macrocosmo della terra dove le vicende narrate si svolgono, la Basilicata. E’ la storia di una famiglia, i Falcone, piccoli proprie ...more
Giovanna
E' un libro piacevole.E' un libro ben scritto.Ma è un libro come tanti, la solita epopea familiare che si svolge attraverso un secolo e di cui seguiamo lo svolgersi attraverso i cambiamenti che subiscono le figure femminili in accordo con i cambiamenti sociali dell'epoca.Non so...credo che dopo Isabel Allende sia molto difficile cimentarsi in questo tipo di romanzo ed ottenere risultati innovativi.
Ffiamma
una storia di famiglia, di donne soprattutto, in una terra magica non troppo lontana. l'ho comprato appena uscito senza aspettarmi nulla e l'ho letto in un giorno- non sarà grande letteratura, ma è ben scritto ed emozionante.
Haunt
Questo libro è bello e ve ne rimarrà una traccia addosso, quello che, però, oggettivamente va detto è che una storia così meritava più respiro, più pagine...
Elevate Difference
I began Been Here a Thousand Years, Mariolina Venezia’s novel that sweeps across Italy’s history from 1861 to 1989, with certain ideas and images already floating in the periphery: Berlusconi’s wife explaining the reasons for their divorce, my own memories of whistles and blatant gazes from men during a visit to Florence, high fashion seemingly making women into glorified clothes hangers. To tell the tale of a family of women over a historical timeline from Italy’s unification through fascism se ...more
Emily  O
Been Here a Thousand Years is the story of the Falcone family. Starting on the day that Don Francesco Falcone's first and only son is born, it follows the next five generations of the Falcone family and Italian history through two world wars and the modernization that follows. What a great setup for a book! Beautiful Italian country landscapes, good food, and the relationships between people and their history. What could go wrong?

The answer is, quite frankly, a lot. The story is told through a s
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i.a.i.a
Mille anni che sto qui fa rima con Cent’anni di solitudine, e la comune indicazione numerica non c’entra: piuttosto, è la storia della famiglia Falcone del piccolo paese lucano di Grottole a dare l’impressione di avere fra le mani un testo simile – ma solo per alcuni aspetti – al capolavoro dello scrittore colombiano. Sì, perché, pur essendo latente il realismo magico di cui si serve Márquez per raccontare le mirabolanti avventure dei Buendía e del fantastico villaggio di Macondo, non è assente ...more
Piperitapitta
Mi piacciono queste storie che attraversano le generazioni e con esse i secoli. bambini che diventano nonni, ragazze che diventano mamme, bisnonne che conservano nella memoria la storia della famiglia. E nei loro occhi, nei loro ricordi, nelle loro vite, una regione che cambia, la storia che la modifica lentamente (o forse no?). I contadini, l'unit�� nazionale, il fascismo, il dopoguerra, il comunismo, il boom economico, il terrorismo: l'Italia.
Piperitapitta
Mi piacciono queste storie che attraversano le generazioni e con esse i secoli. bambini che diventano nonni, ragazze che diventano mamme, bisnonne che conservano nella memoria la storia della famiglia. E nei loro occhi, nei loro ricordi, nelle loro vite, una regione che cambia, la storia che la modifica lentamente (o forse no?). I contadini, l'unit�� nazionale, il fascismo, il dopoguerra, il comunismo, il boom economico, il terrorismo: l'Italia.
Andrea
This book has a lot of character, some hilarious anecdotes, and some aspects that are truly tragic. I enjoyed the read with the exception of a few spots that I disapproved of for obscenity. I did not find anything in the book that gave an indication of a world view even though the Italians are devout Catholics. It seemed that the members of this family went from one disaster to the next which for me is reminiscent of how the lowest paid members of our society go from month to month and never see ...more
Hollygolightly (in transito)
Una parola: deludente.
La parte III è semplicemente illeggibile, la Venezia forse si è dimenticata che stava scrivendo un romanzo e non una sceneggiatura cinematografica. Ma non è nemmeno questo che mi ha disturbato. La storia diventa confusa, non c'è più approfondimento psicologico, la narrazione è affidata ad un linguaggio fintamente poetico, retorico e patetico e suona come una caduta rovinosa, una conclusione affrettata e raffazzonata.

Peccato, perchè le prime due parti del romanzo non mi eran
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Sara Bafte
Beautiful and poetic. The story of five generations of women in a family, in the background of the biggest event in the modern history of Italy. Some of the chpaters are written so beautifully that are more like a poetry. Although I didnt like the character of the last person, Gioia. Her character and her story were both told incompletely with too many questionmarks.
Simone
Nella storia della famiglia Falcone ci ho rivisto le storie della mia famiglia, non in tutto e per tutto ma per alcuni piccoli aspetti. A me é piaciuto molto questo libro!
Tatty
Pienso que Hace mil años que estoy aquí recoge en su interior demasiadas pequeñas historias que acaban convirtiéndose en un obstáculo debido a la rapidez con que la autora pasa de una a otra. A pesar de la belleza con que está escrita, no consigue despertar el interés del lector y su lectura se acaba haciendo pesada y aburrida.

Puedes leer mi opinión completa sobre este libro en el blog El universo de los libros
Cgmower
It follows the story of one family back 4 generations in a small Italian town. The history of life in one of these villages as told from various members of a single family is very interesting. I did have a hard time keeping all the names straight at one point and would have to go back and re-read to remind myself how this particular person was related to another. Also the mixing of past and present as many members of the family live to 100 years old. Venezia does a great job of creating the visu ...more
Glenn
I won this book through Goodreads and was really excited as it looked like something I would enjoy. What a disappointment. A family saga passively told through a series of vignettes. Some of them were fairly interesting, some fairly sad, but the over all effect is one of overhearing someone blather on about their family's history. With more character development this could have been a good book but as is I don't recommend it.
Charity
I love a good family saga, but I didn't think this family's story, told through several vignettes, really allowed the characters to be fleshed out much. I would just be getting into a character's story and then their part in the whole saga would be over and they'd barely be referenced again (if at all). There were many lovely and tragic aspects, but it still definitely left me wanting.

(First Reads Win.)
Jody
This is a browsed library find, but I didn't much care for it. Story was of generations of an Italian family. Colorful characters, in and out of wealth, but nothing for me to connect to. Some stories were quite funny, but that mostly came out of the unique characters. I think more could have been done with this story either through the generations, or within the characters themselves.
Hayley
Je l'ai lu en français et ai adoré.
C'est une saga, une vraie (il faut suivre les personnages: heureusement qu'il y a un arbre généalogique au début)bien comme il faut!
L'écriture est superbe: émouvante, drole, triste, cynique...Chaque personnage nous séduit et on suit avec plaisir les destinées de ces habitants d'un village italien du 19ème siècle aux années 1970-80.
Danie P.
Follows an italian family not quite through 1,000 years. Starting with the oldest story first we learn of the struggle to farm the land, the riches that once were how the family lost their riches, gained it back who married who etc etc. Towards the end I felt as if I knew more about this family than my own. Good read but not super great.
Caryn
For MeetUp book club. General opinion of group (and I agree) was it was just OK. So many characters, across various generations, it was difficult to keep track of people, stories. lives. I just kept waiting and wishing even one character in the family could have a happy, successful and rewarding life.
Brittaney
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I was excited when i first started reading it, but became very disappointed. It was extremely slow and hard to get into.

-Marimar-
A pesar de haberme liado un poco con tantas generaciones y de que la historia final de Gioia me ha parecido algo confusa me ha gustado y lo recomiendo.
Mary
I abandoned this book several chapters in, despite a promising beginning and the author's poetic writing style, the characters didn't pull me in.
Merethe Ida
Simply wonderful... The quirky and beautiful stories of a family's fate stays with you long after you've put it back on the bookshelf.
Claudia
Carino fino a metà, dove si susseguono nomi e vicende di una famiglia lucana; dopo diviene un pasticcio, un misuglio mal riuscito.
Rennie
It had great moments and good characters. I liked it because it wasn't a story I had read before and was set in a time I found interesting.
Michelle
I really liked this book about several generations of a family. It was well written and fun.
Donna Jo Atwood
Multi-generational story with lots of characters. Rather slow moving, but enjoyable.
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