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Manzoni’s “The Betrothed” is an epic, historical Italian masterpiece. Jul 12, Kristine rated it really liked it.

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The interjections of history were fine by me b I was first drawn to this book after hearing the Verdi requiem. Somehow ironic and dramatic, perfect photography of author’s time although set a couple of century before. Books by Alessandro Manzoni. Their reassurance is short-lived: 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.

Lucia is entrusted to the nun Gertrude, a strange and unpredictable noblewoman whose story is told in these chapters.

Still it was listed on the Guardian list and I’m glad that I took the chance to read, it just wasn’t a story that engaged me.

Wow, this is an amazing book. It will move you to tears. I’m hard pressed to think of another prose example, and I wonder if Manzoni weren’t channelling such older epics as Aeneid or Chanson de Roland or Orlando furioso. Also, a thick volume would entail many days in such a tight schedule.

And during the plague, Federigo Borromeo inspires the priests of Milan by his own example, so that only the priests and the Capuchins manage any real degree of self-sacrifice and service. Here, there’s one about lawyers and their clients: Manzoni does not offer simple answers but leaves those questions open for the reader to meditate on.


When Don Rodrigo is taken aside by the friar, he explodes with anger at his presumption and sends him away, but not before an old servant has a chance to offer his help to Cristoforo. Lucia sends a message to “Fra Cristoforo” Friar Christophera respected Capuchin friar at the monastery of Pescarenicoasking him to come as soon as he betrothee. Proprio su questo libro qui. The Count seemed to evil and the main character I felt alessxndro a very annoying ego or short temper, if you will.

Some have characterized the book as a romantic epic, along the lines of Tolstoy’s War and Peace — a book I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t yet read. But the story of the Great Plague footnoted with Manzoni’s research of contemporary accounts is only one section of this incredibly rich novel. Mar nanzoni, Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing.

If such attitude will result in much sufferings for the others, he is not worried. The government of Milan is unable to keep bread prices down by decree and the city is swamped by beggars. William Brafford William Mamzoni Brafford is a lifelong Presbyterian, currently working as a software developer. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

Se na primeira vez que o li procedi guiado pelos conselhos do Prof. Meanwhile, Lucia spends a similarly restless night, during which she vows to take the veil if she is delivered from her predicament. The novel is commonly described as “the most widely read work in the Italian language.

The reader will literally walk the paths in the district of Lecco and lanes in the city of Milan of the 17th century.

The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni

He learns that Lucia is now languishing at the Lazzaretto of Milanalong manzohi 16, other victims of the plague. Reading through the events of famine, the war, the riot janzoni Milan and especially the plague is equal to living through the events. Manzoni begins with a foreword it would be wrong to skip, opening in flowery archaic language purportedly quoting an ancient author: It concerns two young peasants from a village near Lake Como inLorenzo and Lucia, who are engaged.


Honestly ths is a beautiful book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is up for a bit of a challenge. The novel contains two events of great conversions. After a failed attempt to circumvent that, the couple separate: The seventeenth century Italy was Catholic and so it is not a surprise. E P Dutton Availability: His highland clothes invite suspicion that he is an “anointer”; that is, a foreign agent deliberately spreading plague in some way.

Meanwhile, the Thirty Years’ War brings laessandro calamities. The end of August sees the death in Milan of the original villains of the story. The story plays out against a richly drawn historical background, which includes a famine, a war, and an outbreak of bubonic plague that killed over half the inhabitants of Milan.

As a young man, Manzoni was an atheist, but he had the peculiar fortune to fall in love with and marry a woman from a Calvinist family. 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.