That is why there is so much love for money in the world, and even relatives kill relatives for money. His varied tasks in this novel are not easy ones, but he rises to the complexities of human nature and later ascends to the glory of God. The characters in Reeds in the Wind truly embody human frailties and fatalism in, oddly, a lyrical but brusque manner.
Suffering is human nature, and so, aren't we all Reeds in the Wind, pushed down by evil only to rise again? Dec 12, Jaclyn Michelle rated it liked it. One of my reading resolutions is to read more widely, and what better way to discover said writers than by perusing said list.
At 13!!! Makes a girl feel a bit unaccomplished… Despite winning the Nobel, not a lot of her work has been translated into English. Regardless, other than that, the two works could not be more different. Reeds in the Wind is set in rugged, small town Sardinia, and really explores the themes of fate and penance: how much control do we have over our own lives? How much do we really need to repent for our mistakes?
And who are we proving that to?
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The story follows the lives of the spinster Pintor sisters and their devoted servant, Efix. By this point in their lives, the sister are noble really in title only, and are constantly on the precipice of losing their estate. It does, but not in the way I expected it to. At the core of the story is really Efix and his interior journey. She has that talent for creating the world in which her characters inhabit that is so wholly transportive that I could viscerally see and feel the setting, whether I wanted to be in the rugged hills of Sardinia or not.
Kidding aside, some of her descriptions are simply beautiful.
My only prickly point with this piece was the dialogue. Is it like this everywhere?
Why does fate break us like this, like reeds? We are reeds, and fate is the wind. Rubric rating: 6. Sep 21, Kristin E. A pleasant read about transition at the turn of a century; it depicts the decline of the noble class and deals with silence and being stuck in the past. It resonated with me. This isn't really a review, I just wanted to pinpoint a few of my favourite parts.
Deledda writes stunningly; the descriptions of the rural Sardinia landscapes are lovely and atmospheric. It A pleasant read about transition at the turn of a century; it depicts the decline of the noble class and deals with silence and being stuck in the past. It seemed like a beating heart, a new heart that rejuvenated the ancient wild land. Instead of changing with the times the three sisters Ruth, Esther and Noemi have isolated themselves in a family estate they can no longer afford, cultivating the values and memories of a time past.
Their servant Efix has dedicated his life to them, and thus, is stuck in the past as well. It seems that everything around him is alive, but with the fantastic life of legend.
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They are holding on to something; everything that would provide an opportunity for them to move forward is consumed in silence. They are proud to the point of frustration, but they are also fiercely dominated by their sorrow for the loss of their fourth sister Lia who left to America many years ago to escape a life that was predetermined. I especially enjoyed the passages of the novel dedicated to the characters' reflections about Lia: — He still seemed to see Donna Lia on the balcony, pale and thin as reed, her eyes fixed on the distance, she too wanting to see what was going on in the world.
They slept together in the same bed, but that evening she had waited in vain. She had gone to sleep waiting for her and she was still waiting… At the center is the connection between time and the emotional significance of place. While the grief has cemented the family in their place and their yearning, time passes. But never mind. Dec 17, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: translated-works , nobel-women , italy.petesavopi.tk
Reeds in the Wind was published in by a woman who had no formal education but who had a love of reading. A native of Sardinia, Grazia Deledda wrote what she knew of Sardinia's customs, religious festivals, and folklore while interspersing within that background an intelligent story of man's character and fate in life.
She went on to win the Nobel Prize in literature in for her body of work. Jan 20, Nick rated it really liked it. Insight into village life in Sardinia, perhaps years ago. Such intensity! Of poverty, family ties, fickle nature, sickness, the Church, a hidden world of superstitions, ghosts, and creatures of the night, burdens, guilt, and love.
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Grazia Deledda received the Nobel Prize for Literature in for her depictions of the joys, but mostly troubles, of life. I recommend it. Aug 07, Grace rated it it was amazing. Much is revealed about the Sardinian culture and the passion of the Italian people in this story about a man who seeks atonement for a transgression committed in his youth. The author is one of the first women to have one the Nobel Prize for literature. Dec 19, Nadia Zeemeeuw rated it it was ok.
Not my kind of book. I can understand an importance of topics it touches. The most important thing I felt absolutely indifferent to writing style. Dec 01, Andrew rated it really liked it. This is a beautiful book about the fall of an Italian noble family. Jun 14, Zach rated it really liked it. A nostalgic, though at times unsentimental, story of an old Sardinian way of life among a fallen family and the servant who has spent his life watching over them. Good reflections on fate, faith, and community, with some really lovely descriptions of the environment and landscape of the island.
Dec 27, tortoise dreams rated it liked it. A story of family, custom, and change in turn of the century Sardinia. Classics Review: Reeds in the Wind is about village life: tradition, debt, religion, drudgery, and guilt, superstition, class, history. And the changing of all that, and how all that doesn't change. Most of all it's about fate. Italian writer Grazia Deledda was the second woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, in She evokes the countryside, the landscapes, life in the village, vividly and A story of family, custom, and change in turn of the century Sardinia.
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She evokes the countryside, the landscapes, life in the village, vividly and precisely. Where everyone knows everybody. Kinship and connections, festivals and farms, clothes and customs. The reader is right there in Sardinia. I had dust on my shoes. The characters, the people are then laid atop this rich background.
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The aging, Christ-like Efix Although an easy and enjoyable read, it wasn't a must-read. Glad I read it, but I didn't connect quite as well as I wanted to do. Didn't feel it as much as I should.
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