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Ik haal je op, ik neem je mee

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  7,617 ratings  ·  480 reviews
Een klein fictief dorp, Ischiano Scalo, aan de Italiaanse Rivièra, is het toneel voor twee adembenemende liefdesverhalen. Graziano Biglia is een veertigjarige playboy – met geblondeerd haar, zonnebankteint en strakke leren broek – die het buitengewoon met zichzelf heeft getroffen. Hij speelt gitaar en is een groot fan van de Gipsy Kings. Na veel gereis en talloze affaires ...more
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Published October 2008 by Lebowski (first published 1999)
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Jul 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that contemporary Italian literature somewhat scares me; I've been permanently scarred by some of the novels I've read. Ammaniti's Io non ho paura (I'm not afraid) was one of those; it left me with a strange intense feeling of discomfort I'm not really able to describe. But this one turned my whole view on Ammaniti and Italian prose upside down: it's a brilliant story with an unpredictable chain of events and it's packed with quirky colourful characters. Sure, the ending w ...more
Christopher Walker
So awful I couldn't put it down. Cover to cover with cliches. The young outsider protagonist plays with snakes (thus is 'different') and idolises the older manly protagonist who, if memory serves, has a barrel chest and long-flowing lion-like hair, plays guitar, once had his heart broken and consequently became something of a local Don Juan, drives a motorcycle (or a convertible sports car), has a mum who can cook the 'best Italian', and who pulls the mousey and virginal local schoolteacher who, ...more
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book, just like the other two Ammaniti books i've recently read. And for good reason....this author knows how to tell a compelling and heart pulling story like very few other authors know how to do. Ammaniti takes the lives of ordinary people and tells it just how it is. In this book...the dreams and desires and fantasies of the characters take hold of you. I understand the multiple dreams and wishes that Graziano flits to and from like a butterfly from flower to flower. I know w ...more
Vrinda Pendred
I much preferred 'I'm Not Scared' - this book jumped around so much there was no real focus and I found it hard to care much about any of the characters and despite Pietro being the 'hero' of the book, and despite the ending all relating to his situation at home, his parents and home life were actually shown so little, in fact probably no more than about 20 out of the total 400 pages of the book, that I just couldn't bring myself to understand/forgive/care and just thought Pietro started out lov ...more
Jun 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-best
I'LL STEAL YOU AWAY is the captivating and endearing tale of Ischiano Scalo's small-town residents, a kind of comic-tragic WINESBURG, OHIO. All of the characters in this novel demand your empathy: Once you start in on their troubles, their small victories, and their life-destroying defeats, the book is impossible to put down. And because this is Ammaniti, you can be sure that the children encounter something so disfiguring, yet so heartbreakingly human, that they can't help but be thrust into ad ...more
“Don’t judge a book by its cover” more like “don’t judge a book by its freaking title”, dammit. (But as for the English edition, the cover, too, since it’s really lovely).

Let me start with the most obvious thing: the writing. Especially in some parts, the writing was so less than average that you got the feeling any wannabe author could have written those lines, which left me deeply dumbfounded considering all the literary prizes the author has won over the years. Some examples of that were alo
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful novel. Like "Io non ho paura", you cannot put it down once you start... a great novel!
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been on my shelf unread for probably 10 years, but I was motivated to pick it up due to its Italian author and setting, given that I was travelling in Italy.

To be honest, the novel was ok for me. It took me a while to work out where it was heading, as Ammaniti introduced several different seemingly unrelated characters, but, thanks to the nature of small town life, their lives become intertwined, if only briefly in some cases. I didn't particularly warm to, or identify with, any of
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pietro Moroni finds at the end of the school year that he's the only student in his class not to pass. The crushing blow sets the tone for the rest of the story and we're taken back six months to learn the events leading up to the failing. Additionally we meet Graziano Biglia, the small Italian town's prodigal son, who returns under his own set of extenuating circumstances. There are other characters as well, from Gloria, Pietro's best friend, to Flora Palmieri, Pietro's favorite teacher. Each o ...more
Jul 22, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book was gift, since the book merchant knew it was anything but literature... and gave it to me to learn what I'd think of it. Following a sane policy for avid readers, to put down a book after ten or so pages, one can imagine what was the outcome. If a writer (or scribbler) hasn't managed to present living characters or experiences (they could have happened in the present, past or future) to the selective readers' imagination, and to captivate their attention in the first chapter or... ten ...more
Jun 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WHEW. cosi intenso ed un po inquietante (INTENSE and a little disturbing). i could not put this book down, and when i read the last line, i almost started crying. ammaniti can tell a story.
of course i cannot speak to the translation, but i encourage anyone to give it a shot in english and let me know how is.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wowowow… Ok. so many things to say but so much to compress in a review.
This novel, like so many written by modern italian authors in recent years, is dark, tragic, grotesque and… unsettling, i can add this. It’s unnerving.
I add that i read this book in just 2 days. I utterly devoured it, for a few reasons. To start off, I think this novel is a representation of what Italian provincial life is, or at least of how Ammaniti perceives it: obviously in a stereotypical, exaggerated way, because Amman
Dec 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I 'm not convinced that Ammaniti is an Italian literary superstar as he is referred in the book synopsis by his publisher, I 'm pretty sure that there are better writers out there in Italy without having read a lot of my neighbors literature. However it is always fun to read a book by him. Beware, although he has a very good sense of humor, his books aren't what we usually call funny. He writes in absolutely everyday language, like we most of people are talking to each other and this makes him v ...more
Jul 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fantastic. It's as if it were written single-mindedly to satisfy me as a reader. Amazing characters wrapped up in a gut-wrenching plot that did not let me go until it wrung every emotional response possible from my willing psyche. This is a work that does not bother with superfluities; anything that might distract from the inevitability of the superbly-crafted story is stripped, leaving pure narrative. I can't say enough positive things about this book.
Rebecca Alcazaze
Mar 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marvelous. A realistic story with many vivid characters. I enjoyed it very much and read in one breath.
Jan Wauters
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Several times I got the giggles when Reading this book.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other
I actually finished this two days ago, but I did not feel able to compose a comprehensive review (not that I feel able now) and I think that this is not a book that deserves to be closed without a word.
The feeling I had while reading this book was as if I was a bystander to a disaster, so similar to the feeling I had in the beginning of "Memory" by Lois McMaster Bujold Pamćenje. The helpless frozen feeling, when you see someone going backwards ever closer to the brink of a cliff, but you can't
May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-to-z-project
A to Z Project, Book 13
Ammaniti's novel starts like an Italian village movie (Amarcord or Cinema Paradiso, for example) but one set in the contemporary era. Three characters get the majority of his attention. Pietro Moroni is a small boy, friendless except for Gloria, a wealthy, beautiful tomboy whose parents have always liked his calming influence. They're close friends, but he's in love with her. Pietro is having trouble with a trio of local bullies.

Graziano Biglia is a singer who does contemp
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had to use a little willpower to read this all the way through. This is the second translated-from-Italian novel I have started this year, and the second that really didn't thrill me. (The other was My Brilliant Friend, and I didn't finish that one.) I am starting to think that perhaps I just don't like to read books in translation. I kept getting hung up on language. I would read a phrase and think, "What are all the meanings of the phrase that is translated from? What nuances am I missing?"

Diane Morter
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really hot days in Melbourne so good day to get into a good book. Read "Steal You Away" in 1 day and thoroughly enjoyed it. It contains humour, tragedy but also sex, violence, Nigerian prostitues, date-rape drugs, dead donkeys and catapults. The book is set in the Italian town of Ischiano Scalo, a backwater swampy village. The two main characters are Pietro Moroni, a 12 year old boy who is the product of an alcoholic father and a depressed, brutalised mother. He is sensitive intelligent, a loner ...more
Patrick Barry
This book was hard to rate. The writing was good, often charming and funny. However, I was too taken aback by elements of the plot to give this a high rating. Slipping drugs in a woman's drink to seduce her is probably the topper. The story revolves around a bullied boy who has filed a course that would allow him to get out of junior high. He seems destined to be caught in the same cycle that entraps his angry father, his withdrawn mother and dim-witted brother. His solution to get out of his tr ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I don't want to trash the translator, but from what I understand the original Italian practically sings on the page. This book in English is still compelling, just not brilliant; everyday characters are painted, warts and all, as they goad each other into situations they don't want to be in. They cajole, they insult, they threaten, they kick, they bleed, they cry. Positive character traits are few and fleeting. None of the characters has a particularly satisfying ending, completing the author's ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
emotions are held deep down inside, and feelings explode. Many of the characters are outsiders, their relationships are a struggle. Anger and revenge bring mistakes, but they also bring clarification. Both Pietro and Graziano suffer before realizing what’s important in their lives.

As the story unfolds, the actions of a few of the minor characters will surprise readers. The storylines are unpredictable, and the characters taking turns narrating the story sets an enjoyable rhythm. The author defin
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman-öykü
It was strange, disturbing and frightening at some parts as it was also like that in the previous novels I read. The description of the characters and thoughts were fascinating as usual. He makes me think about life over and over with his 'philosophical'sentences he makes the characters say in the most natural-simple way. I liked io non ho paura and branchie more in many ways, especially the ending. But still reading him is always a pleasure although a bit difficult in İtalian.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story that takes place in Italy, Ischiano Scalo, where we follow the lives of 2 main, very different characters. The young Pietro Moroni - a boy that is the main target of a circle bullies; and the much older Graziano Biglia - Ischiano Scalo's most notable and highly reputable casanova.
Plenty of drama awaits the reader, along with lustful passion, angst, and a brief amount of humor . Very simple to read, and an interesting story to hear out.
Libby Andrews
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely compelling read about an innocent Italian village boy who is constantly bullied. The author paints clear pictures of the village and the villagers. The boy, Pietro Montini sets off a sequence of events that change the course of his life forever. Woven into this story is that of Graziano Biglio, a local Romeo who finally finds what he thinks is true love only for his rash decisions to snatch it away from him.
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I had high expectations for this book, but until the last couple of chapters, I didn't feel like the book was really special. The ending was quite surprising though, and the author really did a great job aligning all characters in such a way that the ending did right to them. I definitely recommend reading this book: it shows the unfairness of the world, but in a touching, hopeful way.
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading the writing of an Italian man in translation to English about other Italians and the cities of Southern Italy is a fun adventure. Entertaining from beginning to end, I like Noccolo Ammaniti's writing. This is the second book I've read by this author and it does not disappoint. I look forward to reading everything I can find by him in translation to English.
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Niccolò Ammaniti was born in Rome in 1966. He has written three novels and a collection of short stories. He won the prestigious Italian Viareggio-Repaci Prize for Fiction with his bestselling novel I'm Not Scared, which has been translated into thirty-five languages.

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