Innocence Beautiful Chiara is the last of the Ridolfi a Florentine family of long lineage and eccentric habits She is smitten with Salvatore a brilliant but penniless doctor a rational man who wants nothing

  • Title: Innocence
  • Author: Penelope Fitzgerald
  • ISBN: 9780006542377
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Paperback
  • Beautiful Chiara is the last of the Ridolfi, a Florentine family of long lineage and eccentric habits She is smitten with Salvatore, a brilliant but penniless doctor, a rational man who wants nothing to do with romance This is the story of how these two with the best intentions, the kindest of instincts, and the most meddlesome of friends make each other wonderfully miBeautiful Chiara is the last of the Ridolfi, a Florentine family of long lineage and eccentric habits She is smitten with Salvatore, a brilliant but penniless doctor, a rational man who wants nothing to do with romance This is the story of how these two with the best intentions, the kindest of instincts, and the most meddlesome of friends make each other wonderfully miserable inside.

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    1. SIZE--or SIZING--MATTERS.This was a peculiar reading. I was immediately and engagingly drawn in. But how could I not be, an art buff, given that it starts in the Florence of the 16C in the fictional villa La Ricordanza, but with a direct reference to a non-fictional villa, the Valmarana ai Nani in the vicinity of Vicenza, and which still looms in my memories with all its pastel coloured frescoes? The house of dwarfs.Sizes in the Ricordanza have somewhat increased, and distortions smoothed out, s [...]

    2. F is for FitzgeraldRead a book with a one word title.This novel was horrible. And I thought maybe it was a case of "it's not you, its me." But no. It's the book. It's definitely the book. Not my cuppa at all, and honestly, I can't think of a single friend of mine who would like the book either.I have no idea how to even write a review for this because I can't even say what it's about. The characters were completely one-dimensional, the writing was seriously odd and alienating, and I didn't under [...]

    3. This is the first novel by Penelope Fitzgerald I have read, but I’m sure that it won’t be the last. She’s quite distinctive and appealing, even on this slight acquaintance: wry, ironic, light of touch, capable of the unexpected, refreshingly prepared to leave ends untied. One odd thing about reading Fitzgerald is that her writing has a built-in sense of anachronism (if this novel is anything to go by). She was born in 1916, hardly more than a decade after writers like Evelyn Waugh and Nanc [...]

    4. 5 estrellasBellamente escrito.En esta novela Penelope Fitzgerald es "la dama del indicio de lo sublime".

    5. Come questa (nytimes/books/97/09/0) recensione del NYTimes ha brillantemente riassunto, the predominant mood of the closing pages could reasonably be called Chekhovian - a mixture of the sad, the hopeful and the absurd. Queste tre caratteristiche descrivono bene il romanzo: la tristezza nei rapporti (spesso inespressi) tra le persone, la speranza di riuscire a trovare un compromesso, l'assurdo di questi Ridolfi che si ostinano a fare delle grandi baggianate a fin di bene e ad essere totalmente f [...]

    6. "I told her almost everything about myself. Marriage is like the second stage of drunkenness in that respect."There was something really charmingly elusive about this novel, which resists being either one thing or another, and yet is at heart an old-fashioned romance with a lovely Italian feel and setting, full of great, distinct characters. It also felt playfully modern and even experimental at times, and in its slow, rambling way i found it delightful, funny and quietly subversive.

    7. Mucho de lo que dije en su día sobre El inicio de la primavera podría repetirlo en este caso, aunque al final Inocencia ha terminado gustándome y enganchándome más. Definitivamente los libros de Penelope Fitzgerald son peculiares, en éste en concreto no hay un solo personaje que actúe de manera razonable y la mayoría de lo que acontece puede calificarse de surrealista. Sin embargo al final he podido encontrar algo de lógica entre tanta locura y darle un poco de sentido a las acciones de [...]

    8. A surprisingly very Italian novel that had me wondering where it was going right to the last page. Ms. Fitzgerald has a knack for creating flawed but, for the most part, endearing main characters in her work. In "Innocence" this applies to just about all of the secondary characters as well. In fact, as the novel progressed I grew to embrace most of these secondary characters who with their faults, eccentricities and intentions added warmth and humor to the story. Recommended for fans of Ms. Fitz [...]

    9. ****1/2As always, Fitzgerald's sneakily brilliant with her structure. Witty, too, and such a master of insinuation and understatement. This time it's the miscommunications and foibles of love in 1950s Italy between an 18-year-old woman and a nearly 30-year-old doctor (who yet has not quite managed any sort of maturity or flexibility in his dealings with the rest of the world). The central couple is fun, but it's the cast of characters around them, much more, that bring most of the joy: stoic cou [...]

    10. Mucho, es mucho más que lo que cuenta el resumen del libro, y mejor. Es una novela sobre la libertad individual, ahí es nada, en forma de tragicomedia. Dicen que se parece a las comedias de Shakespeare, a mí me hace pensar en Chesterton. Es una invitación a leer a Gramsci y a volver a las filosofías que perseguían el bien común. Y además, te ríes porque muy pronto adivinas que esos personajes excéntricos te están tomando el pelo.

    11. Reading Innocence, or any of Penelope Fitzgerald’s books, I really don’t want to leave her sentences. I linger longer than I normally would before yielding to the irresistible pull of the promised, to see what might happen next. Many works of fiction might wield this power over us, but when the book closes the enchantment might end. Fitzgerald's books I keep on loving. Penelope Fitzgerald was born in England in 1916, a bishop’s granddaughter and whose parents and uncles were known writers [...]

    12. Penelope Fitzgerald continues to dazzle me with her brilliance.Innocence is the first of her four "late novels", although as she found literary success at such an advanced age, you could describe all her published fiction as "late".Set in 1950s Italy, it has her trademark dry wit, her deeply human and flawed characters, elegant, effortless prose and that touch of strangeness that marks out her work.It actually starts with a deeply strange fable-like tale with a dark undertone - an episode in the [...]

    13. I've still not ultimately decided whether to award Innocence a three-star Good rating or a four-star Great rating. On the plus side, I did enjoy the writing style and there are many instances of dry witty humour that got me smiling. Fitzgerald's characters are unusually direct with each other, often to the point of downright rudeness, and they behave in unexpected ways. I particularly liked Barney, Cousin Cesare and Aunt Mad who both have strongly drawn mannerisms, but I was less appreciative of [...]

    14. Mama knows best! My mother's been on Ms. Fitzgerald for a while now and I had yet to jump on the bandwagonuntil last night. I should have known - her choices are always golden! She reads incessently and with taste. I always thought she should eventually do a PhD in English Literature or perhaps pull a Fitzgerald and start her writing career at the age of 60. Anyways, she's the only one whose recommendations actually I take to heart. I think she got her love of books from my grandfather. He never [...]

    15. This was a difficult book to get a handle on in many ways. I did enjoy it, although I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to, or as much as I did the Golden Child - which was the last Penelope Fitzgerald I read. I'm not sure what her "point" would be if there was one. I can't believe that it's just a story about a crumbling Italian family, with their bizarre history of dwarfism and mutilation, nor about a pair of rather ill matched lovers. Penelope Fitzgerald feels like one of those authors that [...]

    16. I love Penelope Fitzgerald's writing, deceptively simple story telling but strangely thought provoking. The short first chapter of the novel is set in mid sixteenth century Florence at the Villa Ridolfi, but then it fast-forwards to mid 1950's Florence and there it stays. What always strikes me about Fitzgerald's 'historic' novels is that they feel completely authentic. The small bits of every-day historic detail make you feel that you really are in Italy, in Florence, in the 1950's, an Italy th [...]

    17. Perfection is far easier to recognise than to explain, to analyse in its component parts. Even one of this novel's themes, innocence itself, is developed and expanded upon in so many subtle ways. The author's quiet, almost sublime use of language and tone, is unparalleled. The characters arise, almost organically, from their setting.I was so enthralled by this novel that I devoured it in one sitting. It is a work that deserves to be read at a slower, more thoughtful pace, so I should re-read it [...]

    18. Totally delightful book, possibly made more wonderful reading this book about Florence while in Italy. Charming, funny and whimsical. Have never read Fitzgerald before, but am looking forward to more.After reading The Bookshop and Julian Barnes introduction to Innocence, I'm upgrading to five stars. The characters are wonderful, the writing amazingly Italian for an English author, and there is way more depth to the book than I thought at first.

    19. I adored this sly novel set in Florence in the 50s. I'd call it a "snarky Jane Austen" comedy of manners. A hapless Anglo-Italian girl from a destitute but ancient aristocratic family in Florence and a fiery outspoken doctor from dirt-poor Campania fall impetuously, hopelessly in love. Everybody in both families is a character. Absolutely charming without being one bit corny.

    20. What is it about Penelope Fitzgerald that makes her novels so distinctive? I have to again cede authority to Julian Barnes and his 2008 review of her published letters in the Guardian. He points out that her targeted research gave her writing unique authenticity. He also points out that she subtly captures in English the language idiosyncrasies of the countries featured in her novels, almost as if she was translating the story into English. In this case, the action takes place mainly in Italy du [...]

    21. This book is a tour de force, a capsule of Italian society in the mid-twentieth century. All levels of society are represented in the characters of this novel and Fitzgerald writes with skill, humor and verve. She is a master and each of her books is a gem. Each character is a memorable person and the descriptions of the characters as well as the world they live in is memorable. Anyone who loves Italy should read this book.

    22. Penelope Fitzgerald weaves her unique magic for the last time for me as getting to the end of Innocence means that I've now read all of her novels and short stories. Fortunately there are still some biographies in store, but what I love about her writing is her multifaceted approach to storytelling, the incidental glances by which she develops her characters and the seemingly accidental accretion of detail that somehow ends up creating a rich and satisfying plot. Not to mention her wicked humour [...]

    23. Character development is so crucial in my investment in a story. Fitzgerald created characters that I didn't understand or like. It was burdensome to finish. She does craft lovely sentences and beautiful ideas but what are beautiful ideas without lovable and redeemable characters to live them out?

    24. Not my favorite Fitzgerald, but still charming—she's the master at the one-liner, the pithy description, the devastating phrase. Worth reading for those gems alone, but I'd still recommend OffShore to novitiates.

    25. This took a long time to read- not because the content was dense, just that the author's roadmap often left me pondering my next turn. I would like to read Penelope Fitzgerald again after I read the lengthy introduction by Julian Barnes

    26. I found this novel flat and very difficult to continue reading even though I am a genuine PF fan. She never seemed totally engaged with the story or characters. The scenery and surroundings are very well drawn but it's not enough to save the novel. Obviously, given the time frame over which I read thisd I'm guessing at part of itI puy it down and picked it up again multiple times. Can't really recommend this one.

    27. Another quirky short novel by Penelope Fitzgerald. The two main characters are Chiara and Dr Salvatore Rossi. Their behaviour is unpredictable. Chiara, 18, inexplicably falls in love with Dr Rossi who is 30. Dr Rossi inexplicably agrees to marry Chiara. It's set in the 1950s in Italy. We are introduced to the relatives of Dr Rossi and Chiara and find out their reactions to the marriage. I can imagine someone familiar with the Italian way of life in the 1950s will gain a lot more pleasure in read [...]

    28. Innocence is an odd and endearing book full of distinct and well drawn characters. Set in the 1950s amid the declining position and fortunes of a once noble Italian family, the book's chapters are all scenes that reveal. The plot is not the thing here, but the small comedic pieces in language, in misunderstanding, in our hearing the characters thoughts. Action centers on the aging Count, his elderly sister, and his young daughter, Chiara, beautiful and innocent. Her love interest is the passiona [...]

    29. Penelope Fitzgerald needs no introduction nor does she need another good review of her book Innocence, yet I can't help it. This is about a zany group of people, two families brought together by marriage and something to smile about or even laugh at on each page. Fitzgerald wrote about Italy with a certainty and flare that Florence and environs come alive on the page seemingly effortlessly, the cobbled winding streets, the decrepit villas, the magnificent views tripping off her pen so lightly li [...]

    30. LRB: [d.2000:]Only after turning 60 did she start writing novels and biographies!Review is on "So I have thought of you: the letters of PF" ed. Terence DooleyPF: "I think you should write biographies of those you admire and respect, and novels about human beings who you think are sadly mistaken." In later novels, 'Innocence' and 'The Blue Flower', she combined the two, setting historic lives in fictional landscapes, but in the letters, where love and admiration are mingled with mistakes and sadn [...]

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