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I'm Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti
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bookshelves: read-in-2010, italy
Recommended to Nate D by: Babbo's Books on Prospect Park West
Read from June 21 to 22, 2010

A darkly sun-swept landscape of rustic southern Italian dust and wheat fields, haunted by specters real and imagined. While the language and scope is mostly pared down to suit the 9-year-old narrator, Ammaniti's occasionally surprising lyricism in descriptions of roving combines and pastoral seclusion left me wishing for something a little more filled out, at times. Of course, the spareness made this an extremely quick, page-devouring read, and the plot leaps frame-of-reference in alarming ways at a couple key moments.
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