What Makes a Child Lucky: A Novel

What Makes a Child Lucky A Novel 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 w

  • Title: What Makes a Child Lucky: A Novel
  • Author: Gioia Timpanelli
  • ISBN: 9780393067026
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 thatIn 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.

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    1. A beautiful small book about a young boy in rural Sicily. Poverty (shared by everyone he knows), being the youngest boy in the family, a loving mother and father - and tragedy when his closest friend is killed. Lyrical.

    2. I knew nothing at all about this book when it jumped off the New Books shelf of the library into my hand. It stayed in my hand because I saw it was set in Sicily. My father came from Sicily when he was a boy, just a few years younger than the boy in this story.Okay, so I was sucked in by the biographical connection. But that’s not the reason I stayed. This is a delightful little book. The year he turns 13, a Sicilian boy is tricked by his jealous brothers, ala Joseph of the Bible, and ends up [...]

    3. Gioia Timpanelli’s fiction is unique in my experience. She is an author who has taken a modern oral storytelling method--heavily influenced by Jung and Joseph Campbell--that is also practiced by Robert Bly and Michael Meade, and she has parlayed her talent for that method into fiction writing--and with some success. What Makes a Child Lucky is a very interesting tale garnished with many ponderable tidbits of wisdom, many of them well worth reading more than once. And most of the vital elements [...]

    4. This novella is charmingly told in an old world style of storytelling which makes it seem almost like a fairy tale. But it's far rougher than that, dealing with death, crime, familial issues, poverty and hunger. It's a tale of learning love from mistreatment, gentleness from violence, honesty from crime, among other things. Well worth the afternoon to read it.

    5. Gioia is a master storyteller of myth of the old works. Now she has employed this talent in a delightful novella. She has chosen her homeland of Sicily as the setting and created an interesting book of subconscious intuition. Read enjoy.

    6. This short gem of a book reads as if you are watching an Italian movie. Set in Sicily, you can imagine following "Kid" from troubles at home where his brothers betray him to his fate with the bandits who killed his friend. Truly his life is dangerous and lucky.

    7. I have a very soft spot in my heart for translated works. This particular book was translated from Italian, and tells the story of a young man in the hills of the county and his adventures. It’s fable-esque and almost dreamlike in style, It was the first book of the year that made me feel.

    8. Gioia blends folklore with mythology in this brief tale. Her voice resonates much like her storytelling carrying timeless truths.

    9. A really well translated work. Set in rural Sicily in the not too distant past,we follow the tramatic life of a 13 yr old boy. Powerful and enchanting.

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