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Fontamara by Ignazio Silone
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Jun 29, 2007

really liked it

I have a specific childhood memory of my foot hurting and myself standing in front of a towering pine tree in my backyard. I can't remember whether I ran into the tree or kicked it, but I do remember staring up the trunk of this giant, expressionless creature and the frustration knowing I would never, ever have revenge upon it for my foot hurting. Fontamara is like that. At the end of the book, you sit there in your chair with so much rage and pity for the poor, swindled Fontamara peasants and there is not a single thing you can do because it's a book, a damn good book.

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