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Bill said: Manzoni’s historical novel The Betrothed–although not much read today in the It is a fundamental book to understand Italian history, culture, and. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 6 by Alessandro Manzoni. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni. Book Cover. Download; Bibrec. The Betrothed: I Promessi Sposi (Penguin Classics) [Alessandro Manzoni, Bruce Penman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Set in.

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Preview — The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni. Set in Lombardy during the Spanish occupation of the late s, Alessndro Betrothed tells the story of two young lovers, Renzo and Lucia, prevented from marrying by the petty tyrant Don Rodrigo, who desires Lucia for himself. Forced to flee, they are then cruelly separated, and must face many dangers including plague, famine and imprisonment, and confront a variety of strange c Set in Lombardy during the Spanish occupation of the late s, The Betrothed tells the story of two young lovers, Renzo and Lucia, prevented from marrying by the petty tyrant Don Rodrigo, who desires Lucia for himself.

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Forced to flee, they are then alssandro separated, and must face many dangers including plague, famine and imprisonment, and confront a variety of strange characters – the mysterious Nun of Monza, the fiery Father Cristoforo and the sinister ‘Unnamed’ – in their struggle to be reunited.

A vigorous portrayal of enduring passion, The Betrothed’s exploration of love, power and faith presents a whirling panorama of seventeenth-century Italian life and is one of the greatest European historical novels. Paperbackpages. Published November 24th by Penguin Classics first published Mqnzoni see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The Betrothedplease sign up. I’ve tried reading this book about 3 times, and I have the Pocket Penguin Aleessandro copy. And I was wondering, is there anything I’m missing out in this book? And every time I’ve only gotten up to pages, in all of these times, I felt like the characters were really, well, stereotypical and a manxoni fad. The Count seemed to evil and the main character I felt had a very mmanzoni ego or short betrtohed, if you will.

Giovanni As an Italian, i have of course read the book on my own and later at school. It is a fundamental book to understand Italian history, culture, and the …more As an Italian, i have of course read the book on my own and later at school.

It is a fundamental book to understand Italian history, alewsandro, and the internal forces that move our society: Manzoni efforts to make this political book and to convey his political opinions into a popular story to be read by the millions have been perhaps successful in the 19th and the 20th century, but I understand it is very difficult to follow in the dawn of 21st century. For example, if you read in the first manzini of a coward priest, who chooses to serve the strong rather than to defend the weak, compare it with the analogous descriptions of the Name of the Rose, or listen to some of the discussions around the social role of the Church fueled by pope Francesco.

What do you discover? That Franciscans have been so important in the middle age, and Saint Francesco ideology is still important today, and that the relation between power and alessadnro classes were an important issue in the Italian unification.

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Does anyone have sources for questions by chapter for a more critical laessandro while reading? I have found it difficult to find questions online that will challenge my understanding of what I’m reading. Erika If you speak the language, there are plenty in Italian, since it’s required reading in schools. You could try this one: I’m afraid I don’t know any non-Italian sources, but it’s considered the greatest Italian novel of all times, so maybe you could search for Italian literature textbooks in your own language.

See 2 questions about The Betrothed…. Lists with This Book. Mar 04, Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing. Manzoni’s historical novel The Betrothed –although not much read today in the English-speaking world–is considered by many Italians to be the greatest novel written in their language. It is indeed a great betrothsd.

Manzoni, building on the simple romantic story of an engaged couple whose scheduled wedding is manzoji 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 crim Manzoni’s historical novel The Betrothed –although not much read today in the English-speaking world–is considered by many Italians to be the greatest novel written in their language.

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. This is one of the least ironic and most compassionate books I have read, a book truly Catholic in the best sense of the world, in which every character–no matter how flawed–is seen as a human being working out his destiny in a world that is essentially good.

God is merciful, and His church offers sacramental comfort and absolution to all, even for the bloodiest of deeds and the rashest of vows. View all 17 comments. This novel is hated by many generations of Italians. He’s not to blame for the bad reputation of his book. The moronic Italian educational system is the only guilt of the assassination of I Promessi Sposi in most of its readers. Every single time restarting from its beginning.

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. Therefore it’s pretty obvious that I Promessi Sposi becomes one of the worst nightmares of every young Italian pupil.

I don’t know why things don’t change. Teachers and professors are simply obliged to betrothd this novel in their programmes just like their students are forced to learn whole chapters of the book, being questioned on them. Nevertheless I Promessi Sposi is a aessandro good, intense and some times cinematic fresco of its own times, giving the best and most vivid description ever of the Great Plague in Milan during the 17th century.

If you haven’t zlessandro an Italian student I think you have to get a chance to this novel together with “Le confessioni di un italiano” by Ippolito Nievo which is even better. View all 3 comments. Prvo izdanje posle 50 godina otkako je poslednji put objavljena u Srbiji When I began this novel, I was not sure whether I would complete it. I began it in the wrong time, that is, when I had many other responsibilities.

So it could manzoji have served as a gap filler in the days. Also, a thick volume would entail many days in such a tight schedule. I was sure to be discouraged. But as the book came in the package and as I began to read it I was immediately fascinated by the characters and the place described. I gave it a try and now I have completed the bo When I began this novel, I was not sure whether I would complete it. I gave it a try and now I have completed the book and my responsibilities stare at me.

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This is considered to be an Italian Classic. And it is a Classic indeed. The blurb at the back of the novel states thus: But it has said hardly anything. The reader will literally walk the paths in the district of Lecco and lanes in the city of Milan of the 17th century. Reading through the events of famine, the war, the riot in Milan and especially the plague is equal to living through the events.

When Renzo the main protagonist was running away I felt myself running away and when he felt indignant I felt myself indignant. When I saw through the eyes of Renzo the pathetic situation of plague in Milan, it repulsed me. If it was not for the search of Lucia I surely would have abandoned the city long time back.

I put up with Renzo because I was as anxious as Renzo to find out what happened to Lucia Renzo’s betrothed. Another part that you cannot miss is: The protagonists run from their village to escape a great danger and as they move from their place they take leave of their place. It will move you to tears.

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Powerful alesdandro is not all that made this novel great. This novel is also about wonderful character studies. As and when situation required he also could exercise certain cunning faculty that he has in his possession. Lucia, his lover is just the opposite. She is innocent as dove and who has complete faith in the Providence.

She sees God in every moment even when she finds herself in danger. She never compromises her Christian values for anything. She is a saint.

Don Abbondio is the cure of both Lucia and Renzo. But he does not marry them because he is frightened by the tyrant don Rodrigo who has an eye for Lucia. He is an epitome of a person who will put his own self before everything else. If such attitude will result in much sufferings for the others, he is not worried. I can go on talking about other characters the nun in Monza, the Unnamed, the Cardinal Federigo Borremeo, Capuchin friar Christopher, etc. This novel is also typically Catholic.

The seventeenth century Italy was Catholic and so it is not a surprise. But then, the fact that Italy also had produced Giovanni Boccaccio already in the 14th century stands to prove that there were opinions contrary to Catholic Church in Catholic Italy. Manzoni here in this novel, however, stands as a staunch Catholic heralding the Catholic opinions. In fact, he also must have been very well versed in theology.

The speeches given by Capuchin Friar Christopher and the sermon by another Capuchin at the end of the novel are excellent spiritual commentaries on many aspects forgiveness, faith in Providence, mercy of God, etc. There is a passage in which Cardinal Federigo reprimands Don Abbondio for not doing his priestly duty. The reprimand runs for two chapters. In fact, they are wonderful source of spiritual inspiration for any Catholic priest.

The novel contains two events of great conversions.