Dec 14, 09
Read in December, 2009
I enjoyed this one - I think. The characters are singularly unlikeable - Edward the Irish alcoholic with a dark secret, Bella the buttoned-up governess, Alessandro with his problems - but the book really works. These three misfits support each other against the backdrop of the rise of Italian fascism and the onset of war, and the scene setting really is spectacularly beautiful and vivid. It's a genuinely strong narrative too, with an interesting modern thread where a grand daughter tries to make sense of everything that happened. I wish I'd liked the characters more though...