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The Horseman on the Roof

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Perhaps no other of his novels better reveals Giono's perfect balance between lyricism and narrative, description and characterization, the epic and the particular, than The Horseman on the Roof. This novel, which Giono began writing in 1934 and which was published in 1951, expanded and solidified his reputation as one of Europe's most important writers.

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Paperback, 430 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by North Point Press (first published 1951)
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Paul
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully written novel with a strong element of the picaresque. There is a touch of allegory/parable, adventure, romance (understated and hinted at), geoegraphy and history. The descriptions are vivid and you can feel the heat of southern France.
The main protagonist is Angelo Pardi, a piedmontese colonel (but still very young), who has temporarily left Italy and is wandering around southern France looking for a friend. He is doing this in the middle of a cholera epidemic and death is ever pre
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Sylvester
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Reading this was a dream. An absolutely gorgeous fantastical dream. The horseman, Angelo, who has had to leave Italy because of a duel in which he has killed a man, travels though the French countryside which is festering with a cholera epidemic, and he moves like a dream of light - which sounds so over the top I'd be embarrassed but for the sheer truth of it. I don't know that I've ever read a more appealing character (I won't even try to describe him as it wouldn't do him a bit of justice). Th ...more
Ben Winch
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually into adventure novels but this is a strange kind of adventure - as much metaphysical as physical, even though its hero is an expert swordsman (though for proof of this you'd have to see either of the other two Angelo books in English: Angelo - brilliant - or The Straw Man - confused and disappointing but for its one sword-fight, which is jaw-dropping, tear-jerking, astonishing). What makes this work is the character of Angelo - charming, heroic, self-questioning, youthfully self- ...more
Dagio_maya
★★★

«Se non osa guardare in faccia questo spettacolo, signora, credo che le convenga strapparsi gli occhi. Questo le eviterà la fatica di tenersi le mani sulla fronte. Finito il colera, ci resteranno da affrontare gli specchi.»

1831. Angelo Pardi, colonnello degli ussari affiliato alla carboneria, è in fuga dall’Italia e attraversa la Provenza per raggiungere Giuseppe, suo fratello di latte.
E’ un’estate torrida quasi all’inverosimile ed il caldo nauseante non dà tregua in un paesaggio descritt
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Jim
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jean Giono's The Horseman on the Roof represents a strange kind of throwback to the picaresque literature of earlier centuries. A patriotic young colonel is on the run from his native Italy because he had killed an Austrian baron in a duel -- at a time when the Austrians were in control of Northern Italy. Crossing the border into France, he walks into a giant cholera epidemic that seems to have a large part of Provence in its grip.

The remainder of the novel consists of Angelo Pardi's (for that i
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Oliver Twist & Shout
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hace un tiempo tuve entre mis manos una edición de "El hombre que plantaba árboles" prologada por José Saramago. Si bien en ese momento esa conexión me extrañó, ahora, después de haber leído "El húsar en el tejado", la novela más prestigiosa de Giono, veo claro cuál debió ser la conexión que realizó el editor que solicitó ese prólogo.

Tanto "Ensayo sobre la Ceguera" como ésta, describen un escenario de ruina absoluta en el que la civilización decae en medio de la demencia al ser arrollada por una
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Charlotte B.
3,5/5. C'est une belle histoire, riche en réflexions sur l'Homme, avec beaucoup d'aventures, mais je n'ai pas tout à fait adhéré au style, je l'ai trouvé peut-être un poil trop descriptif et plat si bien que je n'ai pas vraiment ressenti les divers rebondissements, tout me paraissait se succéder sans vraie surprise.
Mais il y a aussi beaucoup de belles choses, il y a certes un peu trop de descriptions de la nature mais elles sont parfois splendides ! Et surtout, il y a tout cet aspect très humai
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Carlo
Angelo Pardi è un miracolato. A cavallo o a piedi, alla luce del sole o sfuggendo le insidie, attraversa cinque mesi e quasi cinquecento pagine di colera accusando al più un principio di mal di pancia (sconfitto con due bottiglie di borgogna): eppure non si tira indietro, anzi si danna a soccorrere moribondi e lavare morti senza neppure badare a evitare il contatto con i fluidi corporei. Bisogna dire che, nella prima metà del romanzo, il vero protagonista non è lui, bensì la malattia che fa stra ...more
Andrea
Moins que son côté roman d'aventures, je l'ai surtout apprécié pour les observations sur les comportements individuels et collectifs générés par la peur d'une menace invisible. Sauve qui peut et chacun pour soi! Rien de tel qu'une bonne épidémie pour révéler nos vrais natures... Et en plus, l'histoire d'amour est assez originale.
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Jean Giono, the only son of a cobbler and a laundress, was one of France’s greatest writers. His prodigious literary output included stories, essays, poetry,plays, filmscripts, translations and over thirty novels, many of which have been translated into English.

Giono was a pacifist, and was twice imprisoned in France at the outset and conclusion of World War II.

He remained tied to Provence and M
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