About this title Alex D. Staring down the tunnel to a mundane adulthood, he is appalled by the banality and overwhelming predictability of it all: teachers, parents, and above all his classmates - the seething masses of dutiful zombies and sistren of the Evervirgin Sorority. A bicycle bandit with a DeNiro smile, Alex sports a homemade buzzcut, ditches school to drink and trade stories with his posse of delinquents and rogues, and chases away the blues by assailing his eardrums with the Clash. And then comes the sudden entrance of Aidi, who seems to instantly understand, complement, and challenge him. A hundred letters and conversations later, she is magnificent, amazing, irreplaceable Review: The setting: Bologna, Italy, under a sky "as eloquent as a block of cast iron.
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I read this book some time ago. Anyway, I remember how much I loved it. The main character, Alex, is like an italian Holden Caulfield of the 90s. I loved the way this book is written and I loved the characters. A coming of age story that will have forever a special place in my heart and will alway remind me of I read this book some time ago. A coming of age story that will have forever a special place in my heart and will alway remind me of my teen years.
Feb 08, John rated it it was ok This book was a major let down. So I admit, my expectations were too high and were completely off about the book, but I still gave it a try. However, I could not endure the whining narrative of Alex.
His excessive complaining about his family and others around me made the This book was a major let down. His excessive complaining about his family and others around me made the book intolerable. So what if his family likes watching T. Too much navel gazing and self pity for me.
Nowhere near as good as Catcher in the Rye, or even better, Ham on Rye , but draws much of the same inspiration from that gap between youthful innocence and impending adulthood. The novel is worth reading however just for the vivid descriptions of Italian or Bolognese youth culture.
Oct 23, Manuela rated it liked it it was a history novel, because the protagonist lived in the s and I was able to read a bit of the world of the teens in that decade. The story is a sort of Christiane F. The guys from the Berlin Zoo, an iconic novel and movie of the s, but here the protagonist, a hard 17 yrs old guy, with problems of addictions is saved by a class mate, who eventually becomes his girlfriend.
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