Robert Ronsson's Reviews > The Pike: Gabriele D'Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War

The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
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it was amazing
bookshelves: top-ten

What a life. What a man. What a monster!
D'Annunzio was a little man with a giant ego; he loved (heterosexual) sex but belittled women; he wrote sublime poetry but employed it to wage war; he was an aesthete but he gloried in the carnage of the battlefield; he loved his country but led an army against it.
Lucy Hughes-Hallett writes in readable language that makes the subject matter accessible. Her master-stroke is to construct the book so that it's subject- as well as time-ordered. It's ingeniously done and presents the information in digestible chunks. I learned so much about this horror of a man and Italian history from this book but it never felt didactic.
It's over 600 pages of text and thanks to the pace of the writing and the subject matter I never once felt it flagging. One of the best biographies I've read.
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September 1, 2014 – Finished Reading
September 14, 2014 – Shelved
September 14, 2014 – Shelved as: top-ten

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