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The Little World of Don Camillo (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Giovanni Guareschi , Adam Elgar
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Reading ‘The Little World of Don Camillo’ is to travel to the Valley of the River Po, Italy’s widest and most fertile plain, with its unique atmosphere, culture and natural history. And to do so in the incomparable company of a cast of fictional characters who testify to the exquisite humour and humanity of their creator.

In the Little World, eternal forces grapple with the absurd drama of everyday life, and hilarious and unearthly things can happen.

If you keep this in mind you will have no difficulty in getting to know the village priest, Don Camillo, and his adversary, Peppone, the Communist Mayor. Nor will you be surprised when a third person watches the goings-on from a big cross in the village church and not infrequently intercedes . . .

In story after story, the hot-headed Catholic priest, Don Camillo, and the equally pugnacious Communist mayor, Peppone, confront one another, sometimes in a serious and violent manner.

The clever bit is the way Guareschi engineers a resolution to the conflict and transforms the situation to the great benefit of the local community, so that the two men put their political convictions aside and, however begrudgingly, develop respect for one another.

To enable this, the author creates a third main character, his finest creation and the most surprising. Il Cristo presides over proceedings from above the altar of the town church and counsels Don Camillo, exposing and undermining the stubborn priest’s personal politics and prejudices and, with fascinating insights and gentle humour, suggests paths of action which, with the benefit of hindsight, we come to see make things right.

Guareschi claimed that the voice from above the altar was simply the voice of his own conscience, but in the stories it is a living reality which enables solutions so simple that they are beyond the reach of political minds clouded with ideology and the need to win.

Guareschi’s message is that what works at the level of the Little World can be made to work universally, the world over.

More than fifty years on, these enchanting, wise and strangely moving stories of life in the Lower Plain continue to enthral millions of readers of all ages around the world. They have been feted not only in books but in films, in series on TV, on radio and most recently on YouTube. In this newly translated volume, many are available in English for the very first time.

About the Author

Giovannino Guareschi, known as Giovanni to his millions of English language readers, was born at Fontanelle in the Valley of the Po on the 1st of May, 1908. His father wanted him to become a naval engineer. He, for the very enjoyment of going the opposite way, determined to become a lawyer, but found his vocation when he sent some cartoons he had drawn to the satirical magazine, 'Bartoldo'. Later he founded his own magazine, 'Candido', and wrote 347 stories featuring Don Camillo, a character who has done for Italy what Cervantes Don Quixote did for Spain.

About the Translator

Adam Elgar, the translator of this the first new English translation of Don Camillo since 1952, is a young poet and award-winning translator with a profound empathy with the spirit of Italy.


Disaster threatens when a mild-mannered Italian priest wages a personal war against the village communists.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2636 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Pilot Productions (12. Dezember 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.9 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (10 Kundenrezensionen)
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Between the laughter of my children and their Nona, I caught parts of the conversation that they were enjoying. I thought their Nona was telling stories of the six months that she had spent in Italy. My youngest child was holding a book. This was not unusual for him being an avid reader. It turned out that he had been sharing The Little World of Don Camillo. I had read the series many years ago. The Nona was adding the incidences that she witnessed in Italy. We have shared this book with many people, it has been a great conversation piece. It relates the encounters of culture and religion reaching back to ancient times. Many of the superstitions of Italy come from long ago. Enjoy, but mostly laugh your way to a facinating cultural education.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent heartwarming realistic and lovable characters 15. September 1997
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The book is the first in a series that introduces, in a series of vignettes, the characters that populate a small village in the Poe Valley of Italy after WWII. The parish priest is the arch-enemy of the communist population, the mayor is his best friend and a staunch communist (so also his constant foil), and for advice, Don Camillo talks to and is answered by Christ on the Cross.
The stories are memorable, and applicable to any time or place. The simplicity and yet subtleties of the relationships are profound. One of the best books I have ever read, and re-read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Warm and human 4. August 1999
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Guareschi's books should rank among the classics of Italian literature and ought to be read at school, but they are not. Why? Who knows.... Maybe because the so-called Italian intellectuals think that comic stuff isn't deep enough. Anyway, don Camillo, Peppone and his comrades are the most loved characters in Italian fiction and their stories are real masterpieces. A must read both for the old and the young. You'll love Guareschi!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Don Camilo 3. April 1999
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Ultimamente he leído Don Camilo, La vuelta de don Camilo y El Año de don Camilo. Me gustaría tener toda la colección de Giovanni Guareschi a cerca de este personaje tan simpatico; Una de las cosas que me ha gustado ha sido la película Don Camilo en donde la música de fondo es El Capricho Italiano. Me gustaría saber si puedo comprar la colección completa de todas sus obras en español de este autor Italiano.
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Don Camillo and his friends (and enemies) are the kind of people you want to curl up in bed with when things get tough. Without being moralistic or didactic, this rural Italian priest and his "flock" manage to maneuver around many of life's difficulties in a funny, kind, and honest way.
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