Marcovaldo, Or, The Seasons in the City

Marcovaldo, Or, The Seasons in the City

Book - 1983
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An unskilled worker in a drab northern Italian industrial city of the 1950s and 1960s, Marcovaldo has a practiced eye for spotting natural beauty and an unquenchable longing to come a little closer to the unspoiled world of his imagining. Much to the puzzlement of his wife, his children, his boss, and his neighbors, he chases his dreams, gives rein to his fantasies, tries-with more ingenuousness than skill-to lessen his burden and that of those around him. The results are never the anticipated ones.
Publisher: San Diego, CA :, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,, [1983]
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©1983
ISBN: 9780156572040
Branch Call Number: FIC CALV
Characteristics: 121 pages ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Seasons in the city


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Dec 02, 2014

A very sweet collection of short stories all centred around the main character Marcovaldo. He is always trying to bring a little country into the city, with amusing results.

In a very distant way, the way I liked this novel is similar to the way I like the children's books Amelia Bedelia, in that the protagonist tries so hard, but things never turn out quite right.


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