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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani
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May 02, 09

bookshelves: 20th-century-classics, ww2
Read in May, 2009

This novel has been languishing on my bookshelves for years and years. I can't quite say why I never started reading it, but I think I shied away from the subject matter.

I don't know if another translation would have made a difference in my reading experience, but I had a really hard time getting into this book. The descriptive passages were just too dense; the details in the writing overwhelmed me; and, I was waiting for something to happen (other than the inevitable political upheaval).

As I approached the last 1/3 of the book, I was enjoying it more but perhaps it was just because I knew I was romping toward the story's conclusion. I am not sure what failed to interest me in this book: it could be simply that I expected too much of it. The romantic title and grave subject matter (pre-Holocaust Jewish society in Europe)suggested a dramatic story and I found it painfully slow-moving.
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