Arturo's Island: A Novel

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Steerforth Italia, 2002 - Fiction - 351 pages
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ON A SMALL ISLAND in the Tyrrhenian Sea there lives a boy as innocent as a seabird. Arturo's mother is dead; his father away. Black-clad women care for him, give him the freedom to come and go as he likes. Then the father returns with a new wife, Nunziata, a girl barely older than Arturo. At first hatred and contempt are all the boy feels for his stepmother. In time, Arturo and Nunziata re-create the tragedy and passion that are as old as the history of men and women.

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User Review  - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing

On the island of Procida off the coast of Naples, 14 year old Arturo leads an Edenic existence. His mother died when he is born, and his father disappears onto the mainland for weeks, sometimes months ... Read full review

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User Review  - Miguelnunonave - LibraryThing

A great book about growing up on a small poor island community in southern Italy. Very human, very well written. How boundless the human spirit can be even within a confined territorial space. Read full review


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Arturo's Island is the second of ELSA MORANTE'S four novels. Her renowned novel about World War II, History, is also available from Steerforth.

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