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eBook What Makes a Child Lucky: A Novel epub
  • ISBN: 0393067025
  • Author: Gioia Timpanelli
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (October 17, 2008)
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • ePUB size: 1533 kb
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What Makes a Child Lucky book.

What Makes a Child Lucky book.

What Makes a Child Lucky? Reading Gioia Timpanelli at any age! Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 10 years ago. I always cry when I finish a Gioia Timpanelli story even though I'm always feeling joyful

What Makes a Child Lucky? Reading Gioia Timpanelli at any age! Published by Thriftbooks. I always cry when I finish a Gioia Timpanelli story even though I'm always feeling joyful. No one is lazy here! It is much like the Scilian village Gioia writes of so tenderly; the old ones retire to a room sharing their secrets and then rejoin the noisy younger ones to tell their stories while their daughters and their daughters still cook breakfast over an open fire and their sons and their sons still tend the land and cattle.

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Or so we learn from the beguiling old couple who narrate this story. Books related to What Makes a Child Lucky: A Novel. Uniting the most ancient forms of storytelling with a modern sensibility, Gioia Timpanelli's work is a national treasure-a joy to read, clear and resonant and satisfying.

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What Makes a Child Lucky: A Novel. Winner of an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation "No one in the world. can tell a story better than Gioia Timpanelli. -Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes "Gioia Timpanelli's novellas. offer simple lessons about the nature of beauty and the beauty of nature.

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Gioia Timpanelli has performed and presented world literature and poetry for NPR, PBS, and groups and conferences nationwide and internationally. Her first book of fiction, Sometimes the Soul, won the American Book Award. She lives in Woodstock, New York. արծիք հրապարակելու կանոններ.

Gioia Timpanelli is one of the world’s foremost storytellers

Gioia Timpanelli is one of the world’s foremost storytellers. Timpanelli doesn’t give readings; rather, she performs her work, quickly and deftly weaving between personal anecdotes and folktales from a variety of cultures and traditions, including her family’s own Sicilian tradition. Timpanelli moves about a room as she performs, not only commanding the audience’s attention, but also encouraging their participation. This timelessness is a quality referenced at the beginning of her new novel What Makes a Child Lucky, as she constructs the setting: Sicily at the end of the nineteenth century or anyplace at anytime. Gioia Timpanelli, welcome to The California Journal of Poetics.

A luminous story of danger and survival.

In a timeless moment in rural Sicily, a boy experiences the brutal killing of his best friend and is kidnapped by the murderers. No child should have to know evil so intimately, and yet once he does, what will save him?His salvation lies in the cycles of the seasons, the sturdy earth and its gifts of lentils and wild asparagus in a time of starvation, the animal sense that enables one to anticipate the whims and impulses of others, and, most important, familiarity with the Ancient Grandmother, who knows the entire play of good and evil. If he can trust her―the gang's cook, a fierce woman of great practical wisdom and humanity―he will escape the grip of perpetual violence. Or so we learn from the beguiling old couple who narrate this story.Uniting the most ancient forms of storytelling with a modern sensibility, Gioia Timpanelli's work is a national treasure―a joy to read, clear and resonant and satisfying. 8 illustrations
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What makes a child lucky? So much richness in that sentence and in this book title and Gioia Timpanelli does not disappoint. Yet another spellbinding work of art by the greatest storyteller around. There is music in her prose and the tenderness and compassion in her stories.
From the timeless, unyielding soil of rural Sicily springs the tale of a young boy who learns the harsh lessons of the world in the brutal slaying of a dear friend, followed by a dangerous mission that delivers him into the lair of the very criminals who very likely murdered his friend. His fate manipulated by jealous older brothers, Joseph is called by the crooked mayor to perform an impossible task, a trek into the mountains where a ruthless band of robbers resides. Unsure of his role, Joseph obeys, sheltered by a taciturn old woman who cooks bountiful meals for the outlaws and dispenses terse advice to her young charge. His innocence soon relinquished to desperate circumstances, Joseph elects to remain with these men, exquisitely aware of the precariousness of his position, in "the grip of perpetual violence". Gathering wild basil and asparagus for the old woman, Joseph also hoards the advice she sagely dispenses.

The putative "Lucky one", Joseph endures the most heinous conditions, side-stepping the inherent brutality of his captors while gradually comprehending the greater truths of his existence vis a vis the world, balancing between survival and the pure joy of nature's bounty ("March sits like a knife, bitter winter on one side, spring on the other."). Guided by the words of the old one, a metaphor for the ancient wisdom of a harsh, beautiful land and its inhabitants, Joseph remains uncowed in spite of the ugliness he faces; he finds serenity in moments, absorbing the strength and vitality of the country. Cast into a challenging place where a lesser soul would wither, Joseph prevails. Given the animosity of his captors, Joseph is unlikely to survive; yet it is in his nature not to submit regardless of overwhelming evidence that he shall ever return to his home.

In this haunting retelling of an ancient fable, the old woman signifying the wisdom of the ancestors and those who pass the stories from one generation to another, the boy defines the beauty of the human spirit pitted against daunting odds, triumphing over his oppressors. Poverty often delivers the weak to their baser natures, but one indomitable spirit, a young boy grieving a lost friend, mines the depths of his own heart, blooming in barren soil. Luan Gaines/ 2008.
perating almost at the level of a fable, this Sicilian novella is long on atmosphere and short on action. The story is thus fairly easily summarized: the kindly adult friend of a 13-year-old boy is killed by bandits and soon thereafter the town mayor sends the boy to take a message to the same bandits, the boy ends up staying with them against his will, and may or may not take escape and/or take revenge. This, of course, doesn't do the book a whole lot of justice, as so much of the reader's experience is defined by the evocations of nature, food, and the senses.

To a large extent one's enjoyment of the story depends a lot on the level to which you are drawn in by the lyrical descriptions of lentil stew, asparagus gathering, pasta making, weather, landscape, and the like. They drift hazily throughout the book, evoking a certain rustic timelessness (indeed, the story could have been set any time in the last 300 years or so) -- not unlike the mysterious elderly cook, under whose protection the boy survives as an associate of this gang. However, it is clear throughout that the boy has a key role to play, and one reads on, waiting for that moment to come.

Oddly, the tone, the use of an adolescent narrator, and the general dramatic conflict are all quite reminiscent of Niccolo Ammaniti's bestseller I'm Not Scared. However, while that book ended with a tragic bang, this one ends in a contemplative epilogue set some 20+ years later. I don't want to give anything away, but what appears to be a pretty standard "where are they now?" wrap up is warped by a chilling twist worthy of Poe in the book's final sentence. That's not enough to warrant recommending the book, but those with a particular affinity for Sicily, fables, novellas, or evocative prose, may want to give it a chance. It's the kind of book that probably rewards slow, careful reading and rereading -- alas, at this particular point in my life, I have neither patience nor time.
Gioia Timpanelli's book "What Makes a Child Lucky" combines the power of traditional folk tale with the freedom of form that fiction allows, and the result is a multi-layered story that gets better with each reading. In fact we need to read it several times to taste the many flavors of this seemingly simple yet very complex tale. We follow the young hero's journey through the classic stages - separation from family, betrayal and loss. He faces great evil and yet survives through his inner goodness and with the help of the mysterious "other" so often present in folk tales and life, if we are lucky. Gioia's use of a language both colloquial and erudite interwoven with great skill makes this simple tale into a feast. The story's primal theme of hunger is the continuous thread that unsettles us and yet enriches us as well. The central character endures poverty and violence, as so many children in the world do, and he reaches the level of myth through his simple nobility and trust. This book is truly soul food and like Gioia's last book "Sometimes the Soul" we will want to return to it again and again.
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