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Born Twice by Giuseppe Pontiggia
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Mar 18, 12

bookshelves: euro, fiction
Read on March 18, 2012 — I own a copy

The subtitle on this is A Novel of Fatherhood, and the cover on this particular edition shows a single mitten on a snapped string of yarn. So I was expecting a heart warming story about a father and a boy in a cold climate, perhaps the boy having only one hand. Actually, it takes place in Italy and Greece, the son Paolo's disability is neurological in origin due to a botched breech birth, and the subtitle should rather have been A Novel of Linguistics (or Nuance or Articulation). The writing is spare, leaving a lot to the imagination, and allowing for a super quick read. The father is a language teacher and is looking back at his son's life and his own somewhat limited involvement in it.

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