Honest Souls

Honest Souls Anna Malvas is taken in by her uncle Paolo Velena and his family soon after she becomes an orphan Anna enters their home as a child and grows into adulthood falling in and out of love and eventually

  • Title: Honest Souls
  • Author: Grazia Deledda
  • ISBN: 9781848760844
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • Anna Malvas is taken in by her uncle Paolo Velena and his family soon after she becomes an orphan Anna enters their home as a child and grows into adulthood, falling in and out of love and eventually blossoming into a poised young woman Along the way, Deledda s vivid descriptive narrative accompanies us as we discover the Sardinia of the late 19th century Anna s story iAnna Malvas is taken in by her uncle Paolo Velena and his family soon after she becomes an orphan Anna enters their home as a child and grows into adulthood, falling in and out of love and eventually blossoming into a poised young woman Along the way, Deledda s vivid descriptive narrative accompanies us as we discover the Sardinia of the late 19th century Anna s story is set around cameo like vignettes interspersed with simple details descriptions of a wedding dress and the scented white paper in which it is wrapped, the intricacies of Richelieu embroidery, the procedure for sun drying tomatoes which enhance the fabric of the story Throughout Honest Souls, Anna s story is imbibed with folkloric zest, making the novel a valuable snapshot of the smalltown Sardinia of her day Written in 1895, by Grazia Deledda, Honest Souls is an excellent example of the regional Italian fiction of its day Deledda has a descriptivist s eye and she brings the unique flavours of Sardinia to the attention of the world Grazia Deledda enjoyed international acclamation, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926.

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    1. Grazia Deledda was the second woman (and the second Italian person) to receive the Nobel Price for Literature. She has been described as the Sardinian Jane Austen, and though she wrote a century later there are enough similarities. Though I must say the Sardinian women seem to have had even more restricted lives than Austen's British characters. Unmarried women could not even go for a walk unless chaperoned by a male relative. (Imagine how that would hamper a Jane Austen plot!)Honest Souls is a [...]

    2. The Hollywood summary would be: Jane Austen, but in Sardinia.Deledda wrote this in 1895 - and my danish translation may be from 1927 - translated after she received the Nobel Prize in 1926. It is a story of family life in the 1880-90s the worries and business of having 3 daughters and an adopted cousin to marry off well, life in the household of a well-off merchant, the two sons - one a farmer, one studying to be a lawyer (and spending money) in Rome - in Dostojevsky-like fashion, all but a bit [...]

    3. This was a special gift to read! A treasure! A classic! Thank you Jan Kozma for translating! The beauty of the words and the worlds the words created and the perfection of Grazia's descriptions touched my heart! Not only is going to Italy and other places in Europe my dream, but what I would give to meet other writers who write like Grazia Deledda!!! May I too learn to write at her level of quality and standard. I will use her book as a resource to learn from. A true work of art.

    4. Truly beautiful novella (140 pages) set in a late 19th century Sardinian village. We follow 13 year old Anna's life after she is sent to live in the household of her uncle. Vivid descriptions of every aspect of their lives abound: cooking, sewing, ordering a trousseau, running a farm. And amid everyday life we witness family relationships, both love and hatred. A forgotten masterpiece.

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