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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This book can be said to represent life on many levels. You could find almost anything in it to psychoanalyse but it's best read just to cheer you up if life has hit you unexpectedly. It is impossible not to read it and smile no matter how miserable or sad you are feeling.
Don Camilo is undoubly the master piece of Guareschi. However, "El Destino se llama Clotilde"(Fate's name is Clotilde") is his best comedy. If you don't want to stop laughting on the 'quiet evenings", ask Amazon to put it on the list.
Finally... a book that portrays the struggles between organized religion and Communism in a way that is not offensive to either group! The humour in this book is wonderful...truly a laugh-out-loud-until-tears-are-sreaming -down-your-face kind of book.
For me, this book is the best book italian book I've ever read. Reading how Peppone, Smilzo and other "reds" fight with D.Camilo and Jesus Christ is laughing at loud. This is a very good book and you should buy it. (sorry for my english)