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L'omino verde

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  198 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Barney ha trent'anni, è divorziato e padre di un bambino autistico. Curiosando nella sua soffitta, tra i giocatori e le macchinine della sua infanzia, ritrova una statuetta di giada, l'omino verde, dall'altissimo valore economico e affettivo. Sarà proprio quella statuetta che riunirà i vecchi amici, quelli con cui è cresciuto. Una volta ritrovati, inizia un gioco che premi ...more
Paperback, Narratori della Fenice, 294 pages
Published February 14th 2003 by Guanda (first published 2001)
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Aug 24, 2009 Dark Lord rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok until the awful, awful, lame ending. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself not to waste the several hours I spent on it.
Aug 28, 2016 Plum-crazy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Not the nostalgic 70's read I was half hoping for but a good read nevertheless. In a nutshell, Barney re-unites with his childhood friends after discovering that the little green man they used to play with is in fact a jade statue worth £750K. He reinstates their old game of dares but now the winner takes all.....or at least the statue!

Petty squabbles & rivalry ensues as the dares get increasingly nastier - the less said about one of them the better - & the story shifts between the gangs
Oct 26, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A hard, harsh read showing that sometimes the past is best left there, this is compelling novel that drags you forward even though it's hard to have any sympathy - or even empathy - with the characters. Richly written, this is highly recommended.
Ian Mapp
This book has sat on my shelf for a staggering length of time. I have subsquently seen the author, in his poetic guise, on the Book Show on Sky Arts.

This is very good blokish book, that is better than the premise - 70's nostalgia gone man. Its a bit of a cliche used by poor stand up comedians to list loads of discontinued 70s sweets for a cheap laugh. Armitage uses this exact plot, although there is a far more sinister undercurrent at play here - the broken promise of adulthood.

Barney is a 30 so
I read this book about 2 years ago when I was doing my GCSE's as we had to study an anthology of poetry and there were several by Simon Armitage. I thought they were witty and something that a typical 15 year old could understand without reaching for the neares dictionary. In other words it was in language that was understandable. I even went to see him at this poet fest and that was very good too. Anyway, I thought this book was very interesting. I would not have guessed the outcome, I had an i ...more
Feb 22, 2012 Merry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 10, 2016 TheAuntie rated it did not like it
mah... uno schifo, veramente uno schifo, solo un maschio poteva scrivere un libro così... un libro da maschi, di maschio per maschi... odioso
May 08, 2012 Thais rated it liked it
Un bel libro, ben scritto, appassionante e scorrevole, ma mi aspettavo di più. Forse semplicemente speravo che la vicenda andasse a finire in un modo diverso.
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Simon Armitage, whose The Shout was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, has published ten volumes of poetry and has received numerous honors for his work. He lives in England.

Armitage's poetry collections include Book of Matches (1993) and The Dead Sea Poems (1995). He has written two novels, Little Green Man (2001) and The White Stuff (2004), as well as All Points North (1998),
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