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. Alessandro Manzoni’s “The Betrothed,” Italy’s national literary classic, was an instant success when it was first published in and.

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Reading that made me want to re-start Manzoni’s book, previously downloaded. Saggio sui Promessi SposiEinaudi, Torino, As in many 19th century European novels, the authorial voice dominates the telling of the story, but Mazzoni has so charming, so civilized a voice that one hardly minds betrkthed many interruptions he imposes. In effetti l’ho letto con la scuola nel corso dell’anno.

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No, neppure quello ci viene concesso. Menico sees Agnese, Lucia and Renzo in the street and warns them not to return home. And every time I’ve only gotten betrotned to pages, in all of these times, I felt like the characters were really, well, stereotypical and a bit fad.

Views Read Edit View history. Ma posso dire che in un certo senso mi ha re-insegnato a leggere. I put up with Renzo because I was as anxious as Renzo to find out netrothed happened to Lucia Renzo’s betrothed. But the story of the Great Plague footnoted with Manzoni’s research of contemporary accounts is only one section of this incredibly rich novel. Quando rileggo l’addio ai berrothed non posso fare a meno di pensarla.

The Betrothed (Manzoni)

History may truly be defined as a famous War against Time; for she doth take from him the Years that he had made Prisoner, or rather utterly slain, and doth call them back into Life, and pass them in Review, and set them again in Order of Battle.


The novel is not only about love and power: A child of the most important family of the area, her father decided to send her to the cloisters for no other reason than to simplify his affairs: Egidio and Gertrude became lovers and when another nun discovered their relationship they killed her.

Most are interesting, a few go on too long for my taste, but not enough to knock even half a star off my rating. Finally, if we peruse the works of the most austere philosophers, and the most severe moralists, without excepting ecclesiastical writers, we shall find among them all, pictures of fancy or ideal histories of imaginary persons, fiction serving as a veil, or rather we must acknowledge it as an apology for truth.

Manzoni was firmly in favour of the dialect of Florence and, after “washing his vocabulary on the banks of the Arno ” as he put ithe revised the novel’s language for its republication in In the early 19th century, there was still some controversy as to what form the standard literary language of Italy should take.

I began it in the wrong time, that is, when I had many other responsibilities. The characters in the novel are memorable and attractive, even the villains — stock vetrothed, all of them young lovers, parish priest and his housekeeper, Cardinal, ruffians, evil noblesbut individuated through description and dialogue.

We will, however, submit a few serious reflections to minds of a less elevated order, were it only to prove that we can talk reasonably, even on the subject of novels.

But this is an injustice for which we are disposed to claim reparation.

Oh no, there’s been an error

Quotes from Promessi sposi. Views Read Edit View history. But he does not marry them because he is frightened by the tyrant don Rodrigo who has an eye for Lucia. Gertrude, blackmailed by Betrotyed, a neighbour acquaintance of betrithed and Gertrude’s loverpersuades Lucia to run an errand which will take her outside the convent for a short while.


It deals with a variety of themes, from the cowardly, hypocritical nature of one prelate Don Abbondio and the heroic sainthood of other priests Padre Cristoforo, Federico Borromeoto the unwavering strength of love the relationship between Renzo and Lucia, and their struggle to finally meet again and be marriedand offers some keen insights into the meanderings of the betrothes mind.

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Lucia is entrusted to the nun Gertrude, a strange and unpredictable noblewoman whose story is told in these chapters. Paperbackpages. Set in northern Italy induring the oppressive years of direct Spanish rule, it is seen as a veiled attack on the Austrian Empirewhich controlled the region at the time the novel was written the definitive version was published in A character there, a writer and, I suspect, the author’s alter egoloudly mused about how “great” literatures are often of great length also.

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. There have been many film versions of I promessi sposiincluding I promessi sposi[4] The Betrothed [5] The Betrothed[6] and Renzo and Luciamade for television in It is a long historical novel written in the nineteenth but dealing with the early seventeenth century with a somewhat melodramatic plot which to an English reader is distinctly reminiscent of Scott.

An all-time masterpiece of Italian literature.

Renzo and Lucia, a couple living in a village in Lombardynear Leccoon Lake Comoare planning betrotjed wed on 8 November