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The Count seemed to evil and the main character I felt had a very annoying ego or short temper, if you will. Giovanni As an Italian, i have of course read the book on my own and later at school. It is a fundamental book to understand Italian history, culture, and the …more As an Italian, i have of course read the book on my own and later at school.
It is a fundamental book to understand Italian history, culture, and the internal forces that move our society: religion, foreigner dominations, the heritage of our long feudal period and the strong opposition to liberal politics. Manzoni efforts to make this political book and to convey his political opinions into a popular story to be read by the millions have been perhaps successful in the 19th and the 20th century, but I understand it is very difficult to follow in the dawn of 21st century.
For example, if you read in the first pages of a coward priest, who chooses to serve the strong rather than to defend the weak, compare it with the analogous descriptions of the Name of the Rose, or listen to some of the discussions around the social role of the Church fueled by pope Francesco.
What do you discover? That Franciscans have been so important in the middle age, and Saint Francesco ideology is still important today, and that the relation between power and oppressed classes were an important issue in the Italian unification. Does anyone have sources for questions by chapter for a more critical analysis while reading?
I have found it difficult to find questions online that will challenge my understanding of what I'm reading. Erika If you speak the language, there are plenty in Italian, since it's required reading in schools. I'm afraid I don't know any non-Italian sources, but it's considered the greatest Italian novel of all times, so maybe you could search for Italian literature textbooks in your own language.
See all 4 questions about The Betrothed…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Betrothed. Mar 04, Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing. Manzoni's historical novel The Betrothed --although not much read today in the English-speaking world--is considered by many Italians to be the greatest novel written in their language.
It is indeed a great novel. Manzoni, building on the simple romantic story of an engaged couple whose scheduled wedding is prevented by the designs of a lustful noble, creates a rich, many-shaded portrait of life in the vicinity of Milan in the early 17th Century, featuring war, famine, plague and riot, great crim Manzoni's historical novel The Betrothed --although not much read today in the English-speaking world--is considered by many Italians to be the greatest novel written in their language.
Manzoni, building on the simple romantic story of an engaged couple whose scheduled wedding is prevented by the designs of a lustful noble, creates a rich, many-shaded portrait of life in the vicinity of Milan in the early 17th Century, featuring war, famine, plague and riot, great crime and sincere repentance, selfish and saintly deeds.
This is one of the least ironic and most compassionate books I have read, a book truly Catholic in the best sense of the world, in which every character--no matter how flawed--is seen as a human being working out his destiny in a world that is essentially good. God is merciful, and His church offers sacramental comfort and absolution to all, even for the bloodiest of deeds and the rashest of vows.
View all 20 comments. Franco Manni Beautiful review. In this 60th year of my life this is the first time that The Betrothed come first in my personal list of novels. For 40 years it was Beautiful review. For 40 years it was second and first had been The Lord of the Rings. Now they swapped. Irene If I may, I do agree on the Christianity that you are referring to, but definitely not on the irony. The author has a very ironic look on the Spanish If I may, I do agree on the Christianity that you are referring to, but definitely not on the irony.
The author has a very ironic look on the Spanish government and justice in general, definitely not sarcastic, but ironic yes, in the most bittersweet sense of the term Shelves: literature , christian. As carefully wrought as a Cellini centrepiece of fine crafted gold, this book - the Great Italian Novel - follows the trials of two star-crossed lovers in a vivid and highly readable tale of malice and innocence, salvation and damnation in the Italian Renaissance.
My go-to novel for Escape! I'm reading this VERY slowly Their spiritual advisor - a man of substance formerly, though much fallen upon by evil circumstance, who now finds solace in cloistered prayer - beseeches the betrothed couple, and especially the gallant, hot-tempered young swain, to make discretion the better part of their innocent valour.
But innocence is blind to such rank deviousness in the first springtime of its youth, and so this poor young couple must pass through the very Gates of Hades for their wish of wedded bliss to become reality. View all 23 comments.
This novel is hated by many generations of Italians. Poor Alessandro Manzoni! He's not to blame for the bad reputation of his book. The moronic Italian educational system is the only guilt of the assassination of I Promessi Sposi in most of its readers. Just consider this: in Italy we study this novel at primary school, at secondary school and at high school. Every single time restarting from its beginning. Therefore it's pretty obvious that I Promessi Sposi becomes one of the worst nightmares of This novel is hated by many generations of Italians.
Therefore it's pretty obvious that I Promessi Sposi becomes one of the worst nightmares of every young Italian pupil. I don't know why things don't change. Teachers and professors are simply obliged to include this novel in their programmes just like their students are forced to learn whole chapters of the book, being questioned on them.
Nevertheless I Promessi Sposi is a very good, intense and some times cinematic fresco of its own times, giving the best and most vivid description ever of the Great Plague in Milan during the 17th century. If you haven't been an Italian student I think you have to get a chance to this novel together with "Le confessioni di un italiano" by Ippolito Nievo which is even better. View all 3 comments. When I began this novel, I was not sure whether I would complete it.
The reason: I began it in the wrong time, that is, when I had many other responsibilities. So it could never have served as a gap filler in the days. Also, a thick volume would entail many days in such a tight schedule. I was sure to be discouraged. But as the book came in the package and as I began to read it I was immediately fascinated by the characters and the place described. I gave it a try and now I have completed the bo When I began this novel, I was not sure whether I would complete it.
I gave it a try and now I have completed the book and my responsibilities stare at me. This is considered to be an Italian Classic. And it is a Classic indeed. The blurb at the back of the novel states thus: "Two lovers must face tyrants, war, riots, plague and famine as they struggle to be together, in this teeming panorama of seventeenth-century Italian life - the original historical novel.
But it has said hardly anything. The reader will literally walk the paths in the district of Lecco and lanes in the city of Milan of the 17th century. Reading through the events of famine, the war, the riot in Milan and especially the plague is equal to living through the events. When Renzo the main protagonist was running away I felt myself running away and when he felt indignant I felt myself indignant. When I saw through the eyes of Renzo the pathetic situation of plague in Milan, it repulsed me.
Set in Lombardy during the Spanish occupation of the late s, The Betrothed tells the story of two young lovers, Renzo and Lucia, prevented from marrying by the petty tyrant Don Rodrigo, who desires Lucia for himself. Forced to flee, they are then cruelly separated, and must face many dangers including plague, famine and imprisonment, and confront a variety of strange characters - the mysterious Nun of Monza, the fiery Father Cristoforo and the sinister 'Unnamed' - in their struggle to be reunited. A vigorous portrayal of enduring passion, The Betrothed's exploration of love, power and faith presents a whirling panorama of seventeenth-century Italian life and is one of the greatest European historical novels. Alessandro Manzoni.
The Great Italian Novel, a Love Story
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It has been called the most famous and widely read novel in the Italian language. Set in northern Italy in , during the oppressive years of direct Spanish rule, it is seen as a veiled attack on the Austrian Empire , which controlled the region at the time the novel was written. It is also noted for the extraordinary description of the plague that struck Milan around The novel deals with a variety of themes, from the illusory nature of political power to the inherent injustice of any legal system; from the cowardly, hypocritical nature of one prelate the parish priest don Abbondio and the heroic sainthood of other priests the friar Padre Cristoforo, the cardinal Federico Borromeo , to the unwavering strength of love the relationship between Renzo and Lucia, and their struggle to finally meet again and be married. The novel is renowned for offering keen insights into the meanderings of the human mind. I promessi sposi was made into an opera of the same name by Amilcare Ponchielli  in and by Errico Petrella  in There have been many film versions of I promessi sposi , including I promessi sposi ,  The Betrothed  The Betrothed ,  and Renzo and Lucia , made for television in