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Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi)

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I recently finished reading a classic novel that has been considered a masterpiece of Italian literature for over a century. Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi) by Alessandro Manzoni is a compelling tale set in 17th century Lombardy, following the love story of Renzo and Lucia as they navigate through various obstacles to be together.

What struck me the most about this novel is its intricate portrayal of societal norms and customs, as well as the power dynamics that shape the characters' decisions. Manzoni skillfully weaves together elements of historical fiction, romance, and political commentary to create a rich and engaging narrative.

The characters are well-developed and multi-dimensional, with each one facing their own struggles and moral dilemmas. Renzo and Lucia's love story is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, as they must overcome numerous challenges and enemies to finally be united.

Overall, I found Betrothed to be a captivating read that offers deep insights into human nature, love, and the complexities of society. It is a timeless piece of literature that continues to resonate with readers to this day. I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in classic literature or historical fiction.

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The Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi) presents a kaleidoscope of individual stories, which are all tied together by the story of Lucia and Renzo, two young persons of humble origin that are deeply in love with one another. However, despite their great attachment, they are prevented from marrying by the cruel Don Rodrigo, who has himself cast an eye on the beautiful and pious Lucia. Don Rodrigo menaces the priest who was to perform the wedding ceremony, who then refuses to do his duty. Thus threatened and prevented from being married, the couple is separated, and the narration follows each of them on their struggle to unite again. Set in the years 1628-1630, the main story is accompanied by a rich and most accurate description of the historical background -- the warfaring cities, the plague, and the oppressive Spanish rule over Northern Italy during that time. The narration also includes many smaller subplots which allow the reader glimpses into the lives of the other characters involved. Alessandro Manzoni is regarded as one of the most important authors of Italian literature, and this particular work is counted to the overall most important literary works of the 19th century.

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Reviews (Rated: 1 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - January 18, 2018
Very monotonous and a shame for it is such a good book.

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