Don't Move

Don't Move

Book - 2004
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"Timoteo is a handsome Italian surgeon in a prominent social circle, who for his whole life has been “afraid to live"—with one intense exception. Now, as his fifteen-year-old daughter, Angela, lies in the hospital, unconscious and near death, he unburdens himself of a sin he has borne in silence. The events of the year before her birth open like a wound, recalling a time when, disenchanted with his stable life, he takes an unexpected detour and becomes embroiled in an obsessive love affair with a woman below his class. It is summer, and driving south from the city to the beach house where his wife, Elsa, awaits him, Timoteo’s car breaks down in a dingy area. There, he meets Italia—unbeautiful, unpolished, penniless—who awakens a part of him that, until now, has been kept tame. For the first time, he finds he is free to act without consequences, and what is unleashed is a startling act of savage rage. Was it rape? Or something mutual, animal, and to him unknown? He returns again and again to the arms of Italia in the tainted light of her shanty, where her condition only intensifies his craving for her, and he finds himself faced with a choice: a life of passion with Italia, or one of comfort and predictability with Elsa. “Suddenly, driven by an absurd rebellious impulse, you look for the bones of the man you would have liked to be,” Timoteo explains to his unconscious daughter, as if asking forgiveness for his wrongs to her, for his infidelity to her mother, for his cruelty to Italia, for preferring the passionate life he glimpsed so briefly. In taut, psychologically intense prose, Margaret Mazzantini has crafted an erotically charged tale of obsession, deviance, and devotion. It is also an emotional and moving prayer for redemption, one that electrifies from start to finish. (The novel is currently being filmed in Rome, starring Penelope Cruz as Italia.) "--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAZ
Characteristics: 353 p. ; 22 cm


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May 15, 2012

It took me a few pages into the first chapter to figure out that this story was being told in the first person by the father of the injured girl. Once that was clear, and the book started over again, it was an interesting and heartfelt confession by the father, told at the cusp of potentially losing his daughter, to try to make up for the years of lost time and indifference.

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