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Il buio e il miele

3.03  ·  Rating details ·  461 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Il capitano Fausto, protagonista del libro, l'ufficiale che per un incidente di pace e non di guerra ha perso la vista e una mano, è un Achab senza Balena Bianca, prigioniero di un mondo nero, un Ulisse senza Iliade, al quale resta la possibilità di una piccola Odissea (una settimana, cinque più due come si dice nel gergo delle caserme), tra Genova e Roma, con tappa conclu ...more
Published 1999 by Baldini e Castoldi (first published 1969)
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Andrei Tamaş
Am citit cartea pentru că am văzut filmul... *Da, se mai întâmplă și asta: o carte devenită celebră datorită filmului, iar nu invers.* Pot să spun că nici nu se compară. Filmul este net superior... El nu preia decât ideea cărți, dar o adaptează într-un stil elegant, cu Al Pacino în scenă.
Cartea -chiar și fără a o compara cu filmul- este de nimic. :)
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Traducerea de cacat a facut ca aceasta lectura sa nu fie atat de placuta pe cat ar fi putut fi. Rare sunt cazurile in care fimul (filmele, de fapt) sunt mai bune decat materialul de pornire, insa asta a fost cazul aici.
Povestea interesanta, desi el (Fausto) este absolut patetic si nesuferit, iar ea (Sara) este o proasta fixista, si nu ii suport pe nici unul.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Long, terne, banal. Une écriture froide, détachée, je n'ai jamais vraiment réussi à y plonger.
I started to read this in Rome, and it was strange how much military and uniforms are around there even now. Fausto is a very attractively vicious miser, but unfortunately it got serious very quickly and Fausto seemed to disappear into a depressed blind man. His relationship with the young girl Sara, I didn't understand at all and she acted like a petulant child fawning over Fausto. I think the translation is a bit iffy because at times they seemed to be talking at cross purposes and a bit vague ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italia, prose
Part one was a rather fast paced start, it was entirely composed to give a feel for the two main characters. A young soldier, rolling into university soon, has to lead and guide a blind and seemingly angry veteran on a one week leave; they travel through various Italian cities, although cafes are mainly points of interest, not the towns itself (sadly, because I bought the book mainly because I thought I could absorb some vibrant city flair). Of course the old will teach the new and whilst this p ...more
Donald Bratt
After having seen the Hollywood movie with Al Pacino and the Italian “Profumo di donna”, I got a bit curious of what the author really wanted to say. It is clear that the Hollywood version deviates a lot from the original, whereas the Italian film is, not surprisingly, close to the original. Arpino does write that the intent with the story is to write about love and the “condition of life”. The plot is really good, but I am not sure I follow Arpino all the way through.
Ivan George Doru
La fama di questo libro si deve sicuramente mettere in collegamento con il film che ne è stato tratto... proprio non riesco a spiegarmela diversamente.
Personaggi piatti, un sacco di dialogo che avvicina il libro più ad un pezzo teatrale che ad un romanzo, spunti filosofici ormai troppo "gettonati". Niente di speciale per quello che riguarda il comandante, descritto diversamente da tutti quelli che lo incontrano, niente di speciale legato a Sara, bambina che segue un amore che persiste dall'adol
Wilde Sky
I thought the first 80 odd pages, which introduced the two characters and saw them begin their journey, was fantastic. The second half of the book was too sentimental and not nearly as rewarding.

Worth reading - but don't expect the end to be as good as the beginning.
Oana Kovacs
What a dissapointment! After both my father and friends told me what a great book this is, my expectations were quite high. The story is badly written, the characters are poorly personalized and the translation to Romanian - horrible. Boring even for a beach read...
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story but, for me, something was lacking in the prose... or maybe it was lost in the translation.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While not having read the original I feel the translation is poor and see that other reviews concur. I did not enjoy this book and even though it was mercifully short and I read it swiftly, it seemed to take an eternity. There are some books you wish would never end, the ones you cant wait to get back to, but this one was the polar opposite. The initial mise en scene was promising, conjuring up alluring possibilities, but all too soon it degenerated into ceaseless, discombobulated dialogue leadi ...more
Emily Beth
You know the novel, a very classic novel. A story written stuck in it's time. Well written but a lack of real plot. A lack of likable characters.

I hate bad decisions that could have be avoided. I think it's lazy writing in books, TV and films. Those that just make you sign and internally go well of course bad things will happen when you make bad decisions, what did you think would happen.

At least the bad decision gets quickly resolved. Which you could ask why it was even put in the book, but th
Iulia Negoescu
In afara de personajul principal, care este orb si care a fost locotenent in armata, cartea lui Giovanni Arpino si filmul "Parfum de femeie" regizat de Martin Brest, nu au mare lucru in comun. Recunosc, aceasta este una din putinele ocazii in care ecranizarea mi s-a parut mai spectaculoasa decat cartea, desi cea din urma denota o mai mare suferinta a personajului principal. In esenta, pot spune ca filmul si cartea sunt doua povesti diferite, cu foarte putine puncte comune, cu personaje diferite ...more
Juan Marín
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gran novela y un nuevo ejemplo del conservadurismo de Hollywood en sus adaptaciones cinematográficas, hasta el punto de desvirtuar totalmente el mensaje de la obra o la esencia de los personajes y, por supuesto, eliminar partes importantes del libro por entrar en conflicto con ese rancio conservadurismo. Algo, que, en este caso es tan flagrante como vergonzoso.
Vivek Bagai
rarely I have read a book which is not even a fraction as good as movie, on the contrary books always are better than the movies. Credit to Martin Brest and brilliance of Al Pacino for such a delightful movie. But this book is almost crap or maybe it is the translation as original book was in Italian.
Cristina Ursu
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recomand cartea asta din tot sufletul.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The worst has passed.
Never again!

The end.
Cioranu Mariana
Povestea asta iti lasa un gust amar, parca ma bucur pentru soldat ca in sfarsit s-a reintors in armata si isi poate continua viata linistit.

" Ratiunea si viata pe care nu mai izbuteam sa le descifrez, strambate si inveninate de tot ce se intamplase, calatoria si el si vijelia lui de vorbe, cele doua impuscaturi inca prezente in ecou, locotenentul sangerand in fotoliu, iar acum, mai teribila ca orice, mai ostila ca orice, imaginea celor doi in fata mea: albi pastelati in umbra prietenoasa a copac
Oct 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Започнах да чета "Мрак и мед" с много приятните спомени от "Усещане за жена" и постепенно разбирах колко старателно са лъснали и напудрили филма, типично по американски.
По-земната и реална версия от книгата (запазена в първата екранизация - "Ухание в мрака") ми допада повече. Всъщност общото е само слепият бивш военен, пътуващ с придружител (съвсем обикновено войниче) и усещащ жените по миризмата им. Не му се налага да показва перфектни танцови умения и да държи речи, просто пътува към целта си
Grace Phua
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Curiosity level: Satisfying!

"I lost my eyes and a hand for the sake of this rotten country and now you want me to lose my hearing too? Turn off that radio!" p.18

Fausto is a brash, hot headed man with a fervent love for life nonetheless, He's also without his sight and a hand, after fighting in a war. Cooped up in his room, he's angry and irritable. No one can help him, nor do they want to...

Until "Ciccio", a young soldier, is assigned from military to take care of him. He thinks he's doing the m
Obwohl Al Pacino auf dem Cover des Buches ist, hat es mit dem gleichnamigen Film (mit Pacino in der Hauptrolle) außer der Grundidee nichts gemeinsam. Dafür aber mit dem Original dieses Films, der italienischen Produktion "Profumo di donna" von 1974. Diese Geschichten stimmen überein.

Im Buch begibt sich der blinde, 39jährige Fausto zusammen mit dem jungen Ciccio - der als sein Helfer und Assistent engagiert wurde - auf eine kleine Urlaubsreise durch Italien. Von Turin geht es über Genua, Rom, un
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Giovanni Arpino's book is absolutely heartbreaking. The journey Fausto -a blind Italian capitan of 39 - and his aid, young Ciccio, make from Turin to Naples, is a lesson for both of them. And it is the young and ambitios Sara who teaches them that love can heal any woond.
Sara, a Neapolitan woman of 20 who wishes to become a doctor, is in love with Fausto, and completely devoted to him, despite his difficult personality and repeated rejections. When Fausto fails to commit suicide, Sara, along wi
Nyie Rombeng
fausto merupakan karakter yang mengundang simpati&empati akan segala kekurangan yang dimilkinya.begitu pula dengan ciccio yang menjadi guardian bagi fausto.
keberadaan mereka berdua saling mengisi akan arti kebersamaan dari scent of a woman ini.
walau judul buku ini sangat"feminin"layaknya seperti wanita yang digambarkan lembut,penyabar,perhatian&simpatik,scent of a woman berhasil membawa arti feminisme pada perbuatan terpuji dari arti tolong's precious lesson,readers!:):)
Ed Keafern
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being blind is not something we all are used to but being blind because you made it to yourself makes you a different kind of special sick man because you are bound to discover yourself being a huge error of your own actions, how can you take that into your considerations and thinking, with alcohol, trying to forget it, suicide?
incipit mania
Aug 09, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arpino-s

C’era un grosso moscone dorato che ronzava lungo la finestra del pianerottolo ...
Il buio e il miele
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I adore Sara, she really devoted to her love. I read this because I watched a movie of the same title, but I think it was based on another novel by this author.
No one will always be strong, we all have weaknesses. And then we will need someone like Sara
Saman Kashi
Apr 29, 2008 added it
Shelves: screenplay

در صورت تمایل، جهت مشخصات فیلمی که بر اساس این کتاب ساخته شده است؛ میتوانید از لینک زیر استفاده بفرمایید
Viola Schwedhelm
I didn't enjoy it. One character is unlikeable and the other bland. Was hard to read and I had to force myself to finish it.
Tim Smith
You'll say it's blasphemy, but here's what I think: that you're fortunate because your suffering is with you, every minute.
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