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La sposa gentile by Lia Levi
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Apr 14, 2011

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** spoiler alert ** The novel opens with the turn of the century to the late 1800s and early 1900s, the century of the electric light, the world century, which is the fourth state to advance social policy in favor of workers. In 1911, Italy celebrated the Jubilee of the Country with its first 50 years of the unit, it is Italy's lush Belle Epoque but for many the existence is still stunted, miserable and poor, so that in the first '900 there is the biggest exodus of Italian history, peaceful exodus dictated by progress.
Thanks to Giolitti be introduced universal male suffrage in 1912 that will expand the opportunity for many men who have reached the age of 30 or who have completed their military service, unable to read or write, to participate in choice of government, but in 1914 will turn the lights on Europe with the outbreak of the First World War and 1938 will be the year of the promulgation of racial laws.
Lia Levi won the Alghero Donna Prize on fiction for the book "The nice Bride", in which she describes with a sliding style, easy to read, love between Teresa, a Christian peasant, and Amos, a Jewish banker, the power of love to Teresa for her man will lead her to an unavoidable choice: to become Jewish despite the ostracism of the Jewish community that does not proselytize, because "we are born Jews..." and not made. Teresa with firm moral principles, his devotion to her husband and the values of women's work and home care embodies the popular ideal of twentieth century and pulls the strings of a wife and mother in the wings as was the custom in the patriarchal society of the early '900, Amos embodies the nineteenth-century bourgeois ethics of morality, decency, love for work, saving, and for the family, not without that lack of refinement with which collects antiques worthless. Amos challenge tradition and marries a farmer and challenge tradition also hanging in the new study a copy of St. Jerome in his study, a well-known picture of Ghirlandaio, having said in a firm voice "to me is a rabbi who is studying" because it is the place where you place the artwork to give it its meaning and explains slowly "if it were not counted where and how, with all the saints, crucifixes and Madonnas art galleries would always be exchanged for churches", Teresa is a modern Ruth for opening designed to Judaism as a foreign religion and devotion to her husband's family.
A good novel about the end and the beginning of the century, deeply ambiguous age in which nothing rests on a solid foundation and a strong faith and scientific progress suggests the dream of peace for humanity as leave foresee the horrors of war.

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