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Sometimes the Soul: Two Novellas of Sicily

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Winner of an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation

"No one in the world . . . can tell a story better than Gioia Timpanelli."--Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes

"Gioia Timpanelli's novellas . . . offer simple lessons about the nature of beauty and the beauty of nature . . . in rich, incantatory language." --The New York Times Book Review

A renowned storyteller who has beguiled audiences around the world offers these mesmerizing novella-length fables about two young women and the transformative power of art. In "A Knot of Tears," a baroness locks herself up in the Green Palace, only to have her seclusion interrupted by a parrot that flies through the window. When a sailor arrives to retrieve his companion, the young man and his pet delight her with three inspiring stories, while an unscrupulous suitor schemes to lure her out of her house and into his arms. In "Rusina, Not Quite in Love," Timpanelli recasts "Beauty and the Beast" as the tale of a loving young heroine who escapes her poor family to live at the estate of Signor Sebastiano. A devastatingly ugly man who prefers plants to people, Sebastiano leads Rusina to the true meaning of beauty. Lyrical, enchanting, wise, these timeless stories are, in the words of the baroness, "simple, but not so simple," as they enlighten readers about the virtues of love, solitude, and art.

"Gioia Timpanelli's stories . . . are dreams . . . and these dreams, in the skill of their telling, lead us back to ourselves." --The Boston Globe

"This is brilliant writing . . . [that] changes tales into fresh literature . . . by the passion of an educated person for the great things in life: plants, works of art, talk at dinner, and devotion." --Robert Bly

Synopsis:

Winner of an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation

No one in the world . . . can tell a story better than Gioia Timpanelli.--Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes

Gioia Timpanelli's novellas . . . offer simple lessons about the nature of beauty and the beauty of nature . . . in rich, incantatory language. --The New York Times Book Review

A renowned storyteller who has beguiled audiences around the world offers these mesmerizing novella-length fables about two young women and the transformative power of art. In A Knot of Tears, a baroness locks herself up in the Green Palace, only to have her seclusion interrupted by a parrot that flies through the window. When a sailor arrives to retrieve his companion, the young man and his pet delight her with three inspiring stories, while an unscrupulous suitor schemes to lure her out of her house and into his arms. In Rusina, Not Quite in Love, Timpanelli recasts Beauty and the Beast as the tale of a loving young heroine who escapes her poor family to live at the estate of Signor Sebastiano. A devastatingly ugly man who prefers plants to people, Sebastiano leads Rusina to the true meaning of beauty. Lyrical, enchanting, wise, these timeless stories are, in the words of the baroness, simple, but not so simple, as they enlighten readers about the virtues of love, solitude, and art.

Gioia Timpanelli's stories . . . are dreams . . . and these dreams, in the skill of their telling, lead us back to ourselves. --The Boston Globe

This is brilliant writing . . . that] changes tales into fresh literature . . . by the passion of an educated person for the great things in life: plants, works of art, talk at dinner, and devotion. --Robert Bly

About the Author

Gioia Timpanelli lives in upstate New York.

Table of Contents

A knot of tears — Rusina, not quite in love.

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ISBN:
9780375707223
Essay:
Timpanelli, Gioia
Author:
Timpanelli, Gioia
Essay by:
Timpanelli, Gioia
Essay:
Timpanelli, Gioia
Author:
Timpanelli, Gioia
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Ficiton
Subject:
Sicily (italy)
Subject:
Sicily (Italy) Social life and customs Fiction.
Subject:
Sicily
Subject:
Sicily (Italy) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
19990831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
188
Dimensions:
8.14x5.16x.56 in. .49 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Winner of an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation

No one in the world . . . can tell a story better than Gioia Timpanelli.--Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes

Gioia Timpanelli's novellas . . . offer simple lessons about the nature of beauty and the beauty of nature . . . in rich, incantatory language. --The New York Times Book Review

A renowned storyteller who has beguiled audiences around the world offers these mesmerizing novella-length fables about two young women and the transformative power of art. In A Knot of Tears, a baroness locks herself up in the Green Palace, only to have her seclusion interrupted by a parrot that flies through the window. When a sailor arrives to retrieve his companion, the young man and his pet delight her with three inspiring stories, while an unscrupulous suitor schemes to lure her out of her house and into his arms. In Rusina, Not Quite in Love, Timpanelli recasts Beauty and the Beast as the tale of a loving young heroine who escapes her poor family to live at the estate of Signor Sebastiano. A devastatingly ugly man who prefers plants to people, Sebastiano leads Rusina to the true meaning of beauty. Lyrical, enchanting, wise, these timeless stories are, in the words of the baroness, simple, but not so simple, as they enlighten readers about the virtues of love, solitude, and art.

Gioia Timpanelli's stories . . . are dreams . . . and these dreams, in the skill of their telling, lead us back to ourselves. --The Boston Globe

This is brilliant writing . . . that] changes tales into fresh literature . . . by the passion of an educated person for the great things in life: plants, works of art, talk at dinner, and devotion. --Robert Bly

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