Gabriella's Book of Fire: A Novel

Gabriella s Book of Fire A Novel At fifteen Sam Capistrano is a normal Australian teenager The object of his desire is Gabriella the Italian Irish girl next door Then one day Gabriella disappearsabandoning Sam Bitter and resentful

  • Title: Gabriella's Book of Fire: A Novel
  • Author: Venero Armanno
  • ISBN: 9780786865970
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At fifteen, Sam Capistrano is a normal Australian teenager The object of his desire is Gabriella, the Italian Irish girl next door Then one day Gabriella disappearsabandoning Sam Bitter and resentful, Sam moves on with his life into the shady side of Brisbane Over the next two decades, Sam and Gabriella will find their lives inextricably, painfully, and passionately lAt fifteen, Sam Capistrano is a normal Australian teenager The object of his desire is Gabriella, the Italian Irish girl next door Then one day Gabriella disappearsabandoning Sam Bitter and resentful, Sam moves on with his life into the shady side of Brisbane Over the next two decades, Sam and Gabriella will find their lives inextricably, painfully, and passionately linked.

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    1. It’s difficult to review this as a single book, because it is split into two very different stories—the first which I enjoyed very much and the second which didn’t quite meet the standards of the first.The first part of the book follows two teens, both Italian immigrants living with their families in Australia. The boy, Salvatore, is hopelessly in love with his neighbor, Gabriella, a tough but alluring redhead who takes full advantage of the power she has over him. The book is full of rich [...]

    2. In 1988 I read Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Love In The Time Of Cholera" and it immediately became the standard by which I judged unrequited love novels. The wisdom, understanding of longing, and depth of relationships in that novel were profoundly moving. Twenty-six years later I finally found a novel to match if not surpass Marquez's insightful novel and that is the beautiful, passionate, poetic novel Gabriella's Book Of Fire. I cannot say enough good things about this novel: it touched me, it mo [...]

    3. I loved this book and came so very close to giving it 5 stars although I was afraid I might have been biased because it evoked for me so thoroughly my years growing up in Brisbane, where it is set. The story is engrossing, at times electrifying and almost heart stopping. What begins as a childish love story becomes a baffling mystery with a strong dose of pre-Fitzgerald Inquiry Queensland police corruption and politics. My senses awakened as I read of the heat, the dust, the fat summer raindrops [...]

    4. I first read this book six years ago and have revisited it several times since then. The book is brilliantly written and evokes feelings I had no idea I could experience through written word. I have read several of Venero's novels and all are fantastic and paint a very vivid picture. This book contains mystery, adolescent romance and tragedy and the ending is just magnificent. Upon finishing this book, you feel like you have just been punched in the gut, yet want to stand up and ask Armanno to d [...]

    5. Being set in Brisbane, in places I am very familiar with, made this book even more of a good read for me. I remember those times so well and admire the way that Armanno wove reality bites about people, places and events through his writing making it vividly real.

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