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I doni della vita

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Pierre Hardelot, erede delle omonime cartiere, ha una fidanzata rosea e grassoccia che la famiglia ha scelto per lui, ma è innamorato di un’altra: una che non gli consentiranno mai di sposare, perché appartiene alla piccola borghesia, e non ha dote. Eppure, alla vigilia del matrimonio, Pierre decide di infrangere quella invisibile ma solida barriera «fatta di buon sangue, ...more
Paperback, Biblioteca Adelphi #536, 218 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Adelphi (first published 1947)
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Leggete questo libro da soli, ad alta voce. Sentirete la vostra voce cadere verso toni malinconici nuovi, mai sentiti prima; la sentirete abbandonarsi a delle cadenze dolci ed amare. A volte, in mezzo ad una frase, si alzerà con entusiasmo e speranza, per venire poi bloccata da nodi alla gola che interromperanno la lettura per degli attimi fluidi, infinitamente dilatati, durante i quali toccherete la pagina e guarderete queste parole stampate con ammirazione, paura, dolcezza, amarezza. Riprender ...more
Un’altra guerra. Non si dovrebbe vedere una cosa simile due volte .
Un romanzo maturo della Némirovsky, quasi una prova per la successiva “Suite”, di cui propone e anticipa temi, ambienti, luoghi, atmosfere… Una specie di saga, quella degli Hardelot, che ripercorre la vita e le consuetudini di una borghesia francese di provincia, a cavallo delle due guerre; le generazioni si succedono a Saint-Elme, un piccolissimo paese del Passo di Calais al confine col Belgio, tra amori, difficoltà, smarrimenti
Deborah Markus
I give away the ending. Read this anyway.

This novel feels contemporary and Tolstoyesque all at once. The characters are sketched rather than painted in oil, and the humor is gorgeous and easily missed if you read too quickly. For instance:

"Sitting comfortably, without her corset, her arms and legs bare and relaxed, out in the fresh air, in the sunshine, she felt extremely peaceful; she felt happy, as if she had everything she could wish for. She had a husband she loved, the best son in the world
Clare Cannon
Apr 22, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults & Adults
Shelves: adults, young-adult
I listened to this on audio last week, read by Eleanor Bron, and I did wonder whether a faster reading of the print book would have felt as bleak as the audio sometimes did. Then again, I had a similar impression from Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise, and that one I read in print.

However, in spite of the bleakness, the story is a worthwhile read. I haven't read anything about WWI and WWII from the perspective of a civilian living in or around Paris, so close to the battlefronts and so accustomed to
Tante responsabilità, tante angosce e tante prove: insomma, i doni che la vita ci offre."
E responsabilità, angosce e prove percorrono la storia degli Hardelot e con loro si percorrono trent'anni di storia francese, da quelli che precedettero la 1° guerra mondiale a quelli che vedranno (nel momento stesso in cui Némirovsky racconta, ) l'occupazione della Francia da parte dei tedeschi. Un grande romanzo classico suddiviso in 30 capitoli e che si può considerare una sorta di prova generale del "Su
Gli eventi narrati ne “I doni della vita” coprono il periodo da prima della 1° guerra mondiale fino all’invasione dei tedeschi in Francia negli anni ’40.
L’autrice è riuscita a raccontare alcuni grandi eventi della storia tramite gli occhi – e la vita quotidiana – di alcuni abitanti di un villaggio francese.
E protagonista di questo romanzo è la vita quotidiana: fatta di sentimenti ricambiati, di gelosie, di litigi, di svaghi e di doveri. Il lettore osserverà i doni che la vita farà a Agnes e Pier
This is a sweet, sad, nostalgic, and unexpectedly uplifting tale of love in the turmoil of the two world wars. It put me a lot in the mind of William Trevor’s Fools of Fortune – although this book was, I think, significantly less tragic, it shares a lot of the same themes of families that seemingly can’t help but be entangled by births, marriages, and deaths, and of people – particularly young people – whose lives are swept up by forces they cannot control.

Reading this book, you feel the horrib
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Having recently read The Mirador, I have to say that Elisabeth Gille, Nemirovsky's daughter, was the better writer of the two. I just don't get the popularity of Irene's fiction. I didn't like Suite Francaise, and I like this one even less. The writing is so dry and stiff. Maybe it's just the translation, but there's no real feeling conveyed by the words on the page. The story felt totally flat to me. I did enjoy Fire in the Blood, her very short work about France between the two world wars, so ...more
I adore Irene Nemirovsky's writing. When I read her books, I feel overwhelming sadness because I know her history, that her voice was stilled too soon. All Our Worldly Goods is just as wonderful as Suite Francaise; the good thing is that it is a 'finished' novel I highly recommend this novel to everyone who loves Irene Nemirovsky...and exquisite, perfect, detailed writing. I can think of no writer who is similar to Nemirovsky; she was just so perfect.
Judy Decaigny
An interesting perspective on the war - from the people left behind and the trials they must endure. A story of generations of a rich and privileged family - their loves and losses - experiencing the same heartbreaks and deprivations as the lower classes. A good translation from French.
She has real insight into human relationships and emotions and how that effects our decisions and the way we act. Her stories are moving and her characters are so real that you want to fight for them.
This is much more precise and concise than Suite Francaise. It made me wonder whether Nemirovsky intended to go back and edit the first two parts of Suite Francaise but never got the chance.
Agnes Mack
It's difficult to separate the novel All Our Worldly Goods from the true story of what happened to Irene Nemirovsky. This book is haunting, in large part because I could feel the ghost of the author, looking over my shoulder, begging me to understand.

I've read several reviews of this book and it seems that many people felt unsatisfied because they weren't sure how they were supposed to feel, or what lessons they were supposed to take from the story. For me, that was the power of this book. I
Anyone who enjoyed Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Française will surely love All Our Worldly Goods just as much. In both books Nemirovsky's writing is incredibly beautiful and gracefully poignant. Though the original French must be even better, these translations by Sandra Smith are wonderful.

Nemirovsky was killed at Auschwitz before she could finish Suite Française, but All Our Worldly Goods is a complete novel. It's set in France from 1911, just before the start of WWI, to 1940, shortly after the be
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I am completely fascinated with the story of author Irene Nemirovsky. A Jewess, born in Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, Irene's family fled from Russia and resettled in France. Falling in love with France, Irene converted to Catholicism and considered it her home. She became a famous author, writing powerful and successful novels. All of this would not be enough to save her from the Nazis. During World War
Robbins Library
"Everyone waited for the war to start the way people wait for death: knowing it is inevitable, asking only for a little more time." (p. 178)

"Twice in one lifetime, it was too much. But everyone was bowed beneath the same destiny, and courage was born out of their communal ordeal." (p. 202)

Like Nemirovsky's other novels, Fire in the Blood and Suite Francaise, All Our Worldly Goods, is set in France; it covers the period from before WWI through the beginning of WWII, ending on a rather hopeful not
Oct 20, 2009 Tom rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
If you can believe it, this surpasses Suite Francais, in my opinion. It is a complete novel, unlike SF, which was never finished, and it is beautifully crafted and written. It follows a small village in France, a couple and two interconnected families from just prior to WWI through to the commencement of WWII, and provides deep insight into the minds, mores and lifestyles of the French bourgouise class at that time. It is a scathing condemnation of the French upper/middle class in many ways, del ...more
Wonderful writing style, a good view into human emotions and behaviors, very quick read...but this book left me wanting more. It spanned several decades (yes, as told in the book description), but I was disappointed when each chapter found the characters in a new year, a new situation...but without necessarily finishing up what had happened in the previous chapter. Too jumpy.

For being a tale of love between Agnes & Pierre, I found an in-depth look at these two characters lacking. I felt that
I loved this book! A simple tale of love and living. Nothing torrid, nothing shocking. Nothing to keep you on your toes. But it's so well written you don't care ... or need any of that. This books starts off on the beaches of Normandy in 1910 and takes us all the way to Paris and back, through the Great War and into the beginings of the second world war. I think I loved it because she was writting about things that had either just happened, or were happening. There is no 20 - 20 hindsight, there ...more
Suite Francaise is among my top best reads. For those of you who have read it, I definitely recommend All Our Wordly Goods. As is written in the Translator's Note to the Vintage paperback edition, "...together the two books provide a panoramic view of life in France from 1911 to 1940. " All Our Wordly Goods was written before her deportation to Auschwitz and was published in 1947 after her death. Her ability to write about ordinary human lives and her perceptive observations during the beginning ...more
Sue Gannon
Gives a clearer understanding of the interactions between the classes in Europe and the discomfort that arose when classes distinctions began to break down after WWI. Despite the priviledges of the upper class, the author does a good job of illustrating the frustrations and limitation of the upper class. They fight against change not even understanding how the old ways hold them back. Ms. Nemirovsky's commentary about people's hopes and illusions at the beginning of the war and how those lofty i ...more
This book picks up where Jane Austen leaves off. She does it with her own characters and they are French. Our misclassed lovers have their happy beginning when the factory owner's son decides to ditch the fiancee his parents chose for her dowry and to please the patriarch for the merchant's daughter. They accept their exile and his disinheritance and live happily ever after meeting head on all sorts of difficulties through the early part of the 20th century.

Nemirovsky has an eloquent way of show
Norma Wright
I always feel as if I knows each of Nemirovsky's characters personally. All Our Wordly Goods is a story that spans 2 wars and 3 generations. It is set in France and is extremely poignant. It is about a village of people caught up in a war (twice) who have no wish to be in it. It is about a love story between Agnes and Pierre that began when they were children. It is about love, heartache, infidelity, pain in losing everything, and rebuilding lives and relationships. It is heartbreaking and uplif ...more
Laurie Notaro
A wonderful precursor to Suite Francaise; some of the scenes are very similar, but inserted with different characters. I will say that this book did not feel as rich as SF, but I loved it still. It's a simple story of a family that lives from the Great War to WW2, how they rebuild, struggle, and then know they will have to rebuild again. If you enjoyed SF, definitely pick this one up. AOWG is like the prologue for that book. Fast read, 230 pages, it's quick and plain.
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Wow..I must have really missed something. Although this book didn't bore me, I just couldn't get into it either (make sense??). I found the characters boring. From the description of this book, I expected this book to be full of dramatic events and me, it wasn't and it didn't rise up to the description on the back cover.
Claudia Sesto
Un amore grande una vita!
"Ma Agnes non avvertiva più nè dolore nè fatica. Si sentiva come al termine di una mietitura, di una vendemmia: tutta la ricchezza, l'amore, il riso e il pianto che Dio le riservava lei li aveva raccolti e adesso che tutto era finito, non poteva far altro che mangiare il pane che aveva impastato, bere il vino che aveva pigiato; i doni della vita lei li aveva riposti nel granaio, e tutto l'amaro e il dolce della terra avevano dato i loro frutti. Lei e Pierre avrebbero con
This should be up there with the great classics. An incrediable story leading up to WWI in France and spanning through WWII. Incrediably insightful and beautifully heartbreaking. Delves into the mindset of ordinary people, the disbelief pre-war and absolute helplessness and despair.
Like Suite Francaise, this is a novel about a small French town in the first half of the 20th century. It's a multigenerational saga, but not wordy, yet studded with tiny details. The joys and prejudices of small town life faced with two wars are presented with elegaic tenderness.
Trisha Klowak
"Everyone waited for the war to start the way people wait for death: knowing it is inevitable, asking only for a little more time."

I read Nemirovsky's novel Suite Francaise a few years ago and loved it! This novel is also set in France and covers the period from right before World War I in 1911 through the beginning of World War II. It end quite optimistic in 1940 - a bit ironic considering Nemirovsky was killed in Auschwitz before she could finish Suite Francaise.

The story follows Pierre and A
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Irène Némirovsky (born February 11, 1903, Kiev, died August 17, 1942, Auschwitz, Poland) was a Jewish novelist and biographer born in the Ukraine, who lived and worked in France.

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