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Don Camillo e Peppone, una delle coppie più celebri della letteratura italiana contemporanea, ci propongono altri capitoli delle loro imprese. Tutto è lecito per raggiungere il loro scopo salvo dimenticare l'amicizia, il buon senso, la profonda umanità che li anima. Il grande fiume che scorre pacifico, il piacere di incontrarsi di nuovo con due personaggi ormai a tutti notDon Camillo e Peppone, una delle coppie più celebri della letteratura italiana contemporanea, ci propongono altri capitoli delle loro imprese. Tutto è lecito per raggiungere il loro scopo salvo dimenticare l'amicizia, il buon senso, la profonda umanità che li anima. Il grande fiume che scorre pacifico, il piacere di incontrarsi di nuovo con due personaggi ormai a tutti noti.Nel vecchio paese della Bassa, Peppone e don Camillo continuano, negli anni dell'immediato dopoguerra, la loro guerra privata conducendo una strategia di opposti estremismi, in un susseguirsi di avventure, vendette, scherzi. Ma, come si sa, a volte gli estremi si toccano: può così capitare che i due uomini escano dalle cabine elettorali e non si sappia chi ha fatto la croce sul Pci e chi ha consegnato la scheda bianca, oppure addirittura che nascondano insieme un carro armato, ingombrante ricordo della guerra da poco finita. Don Camillo e Peppone, al di là di ogni divergenza politica, sono fatti della stessa pasta: si capiscono senza parlare, sono intrisi della stessa umanità....

Title : Don Camillo and the Prodigal Son
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Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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Don Camillo and the Prodigal Son Reviews

  • Lois Bujold
    2019-04-01 13:12

    Follow-on to The Little World of Don Camillo (my review here ) , a continuation of more of the same. If you liked the first, you will probably like the second. The sense of looking at a lost time and place (some aspects of which are very much better staying lost) is strong and interesting; also of looking at a time and place undergoing change both in its recent past and its unsuspected future, the latter of which angle would not have been available to its original 1950s readers, and which occasionally supplies a slightly creepy frisson. (Communism, gender relations, etc.)Ta, L.

  • Gisela Hafezparast
    2019-04-03 10:25

    Not sure why I found this a bit disappointing, but it felt a bit flat after having watched throughout my childhood the Don Camillo and Peppone film with the magnificent Fernandel. Also made the mistake of reading the foreword, which explained all about how the stories were sort of meant to be a parody of the Cold War. Until then they were just hilarious Italian stories with quite a lot of wisdom thrown in, even if often it is Jesus himself who makes you or Don Camillo see it.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-04-14 05:22

    ماجراها در یک دهکده، جایی در دره‌ی رود «پو» اتفاق ميافتد. در دوران پس از جنگ جهانی دوم. برخی از تقابل‌های اجتماعی حاد آن زمان، تقابل کلیسا و ایدئولوژی چپ است با زبان طنز. «دن کامیلو» کشیش دهکده است، و رقیبش شهردار چپ‌گرا، و صدای مسیح که از فراز یک صلیب بزرگ در کلیسای دهکده ناظر وقایع است

  • Tandis Toofanian
    2019-03-31 05:21

    وقتی به اندازه ی یک فرهنگ لغت ناسزا توی ذهن آدم باشد، بی فایده است که آدم شروع به گفتن آنها بکند

  • Chris
    2019-03-22 05:11

    Reading stories of Don Camillo is to travel to the Valley of the River Po, Italy's widest and most fertile plain, with its unique atmosphere, culture and natural history. And to do so in the incomparable company of a cast of characters who testify to the exquisite humor and humanity of their creator.Giovanni Guareschi, himself a native of the Lower Plain, first drew breath in Fontanelle di Roccabianca on May Day, 1908, returning to buy a house there in Roncole Verdi in 1952, after a decade of getting himself arrested, variously by Mussolini's Fascists, Hitler's Nazis, and Italy's President, Luigi Einaudi.The Einaudi arrest occurred after Giovanni's satirical magazine, Candido, which had helped engineer the defeat of the 'Fronte Popolare' (the Communists) in '48, depicted Einaudi at the Quirinal Palace, surrounded by a presidential guard of giant bottles of Nebbiolo wine, suggesting perhaps that his love for the wine he produced on his farm near Dogliani might have eclipsed his commitment to the people.The cartoon was judged a lese-majesty (an offence against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or State). Giovanni received a suspended prison sentence, later imposed after a further bust-up with the authorities, when Prime Minister Acide De Gasperi sued him for libel. Conflict marked Giovanni's life. The combination of a humorously provocative nature and the creative talents of a cartoonist and writer was always bound to get him noticed, and quite possibly into trouble. That he survived his detractors and became not only bed-time reading for Pope Benedict XVI but also a household name across the world, was down to something else.The Don Camillo stories reflect Giovanni's life of conflict, but also his search for enlightenment. In episode after episode, the hot-headed Catholic priest, Don Camillo, and the equally pugnacious Communist mayor, Peppone, confront one another, sometimes in a serious and violent manner. But the clever bit is the way Giovanni not only engineers a resolution to this, but transforms the situation to the great benefit of the local community, so that the two men put their political convictions aside and, however begrudgingly, develop respect for each other.To enable this, Giovanni created a third main character, his finest creation and the most surprising. Il Cristo presides over proceedings from a crucifix above the altar of the town church and counsels Don Camillo, exposing and undermining the stubborn priest's personal polities and prejudices and, with fascinating insights and gentle humor, suggests paths of action which, with the benefit of hindsight, we come to see make things right.Giovanni claimed that the voice from the crucifix was merely the voice of his own conscience, but in the stories, it is a living reality which enables solutions so simple that they are beyond the reach of political minds clouded with ideology and the need to win.Victory, as such, is never sought; the wry wisdom of il Cristo seeks not supremacy but equanimity within the Little World, which is achieved through an understanding and acceptance of what being human means. Giovanni's message is that what works at the micro level of the Little World can be made to work universally, the world over.Another aspect of the appeal is that the Little World is inspired by the spirit of a real place and its people. The Lower Plain is a region where often 'the passion for polities is so intense that it becomes worrying' as Giovanni once said. But its people 'are pleasant and hospitable and generous, and have a high sense of humor' Creating his fictional world was second nature to him, because he himself was imbued with the spirit of it.

  • Gaurdin
    2019-03-27 13:07

    تا آنجایی که می‌توانستم مجموعه‌ی دن کامیلو را خواندم، همراه با کتاب خندیدم و حالم گرفته شد، دشمنی دن کامیلو و پپونه را از خیلی دوستی ها بیشتر دوست دارم، دن کامیلو خوب مطلق نیست اما سعی می‌کند خودش را به معیار خوب بودن نزدیک کند . اما همیشه رد پای کمی شیطنت مجاز توی رفتارش هست. آنجایی که رودخانه طغیان کرده بود را بیشتر از همه دوست داشتم مخصوصا انجایی که پپونه حاضر می‌شود پیش دن کامیلو روی ضعیف‌ترین نقطه‌ی سد منتظر می‌مانند تا مردم با اتکا به آنها به کارهای خودشان برسند.

  • Elanna
    2019-04-07 12:16

    Ottimo seguito del primo Don Camillo. Pressoché un tutt'uno con il primo romanzo.La recensione della serie è in calce a Don Camillo Mondo Piccolo.

  • John Berney
    2019-03-29 12:13

    A truly unique view of what Italians did, and what the Marshall plan didn't.

  • Roya
    2019-03-27 11:10

    ترکیب مسیحیت و کمونیست و یک دهکده کوچیک که لبخند روی لبام آورد

  • Brett
    2019-04-11 08:23

    I did not enjoy this as much as the Little World. but even bad Don Camillo is pretty good. Flock was let down by a lack of focus on the relationship between Peppone and Don Camilllo - we seemed to have Camillo as our POV character more often, and Jesus didn't seem to be much of a factor at all as Camillo went through largely uncorrected. There were some high points though, notably "Two Blessed Hands".I liked but didn't love it, so three stars it is.

  • Highlandtown
    2019-04-04 08:16

    I had to read the 3 Don Camiilo volumes after I started the first. Morality is woven throughout in these wonderful stories.

  • Gnuvolante
    2019-04-12 13:34

    Leggendo queste pagine sembra di vivere al fianco dei personaggi che di volta in volta vedono le proprie strade incrociarsi. Persone semplici, che spesso solcano le stradine di campagna e le sconnesse vie dei paesini della Bassa a piedi, talvolta in bicicletta, come Don Camillo, o a bordo di una sgangherata motocicletta, come il vecchio Peppone.Forse è proprio il trambusto dei nostri giorni moderni a farci apprezzare ancor di più l'aroma pittoresco della campagna incontaminata e il suono della pioggia in una corta giornata invernale tra le pagine di un racconto del Guareschi.Don Camillo non è perfetto in quanto essere umano, e quale sacerdote lo è ancor meno, ma non si sforza di sembrarlo; tutto quello che gli basta è il suo toscano mezzo mangiato e la sua bicicletta, con la quale percorre le strade di campagna. Peppone è suo compare, nonostante nessuno dei due lo ammetta mai. L'esponente del partito, nonchè sindaco del paese, burbero di fuori, pervaso nell'interno da una grande umanità, dietro l'apparente incrollabile fede nel partito comunista, non manca di apprezzare il consiglio e talvolta la compagnia del parroco.In una immaginaria, interminabile, gara ciclistica, in cui entrambi pigiano ardentemente sui pedali per avere la meglio l'uno sull'altro. Ma se uno dei due si allontana troppo in volata, questi rallenta subito per aspettare l'altro. Mi piace ricordarli così.Perchè questa è umanità.Citazione:"Questi cittadini che sono pieni fino agli occhi di porcherie morali, e poi chiamano "mucche" le vacche perchè, secondo loro, chiamare vacca una vacca non è cosa pulita. E chiamano toilette o water closet il cesso, ma lo tengono in casa mentre, alla Bassa, lo chiamiamo cesso ma ce l'hanno tutti ben lontano da casa, in fondo al cortile. Quello del water nella stanza vicina alla stanza dove dormi o mangi sarebbe il progresso, e quella del cesso fuori da dove vivi sarebbe la civiltà. Cioè una cosa più scomoda, meno elegante, ma più pulita."

  • Monica
    2019-03-24 07:32

    Don Camillo e' il prete di Brescello, con mani come due badili e un cuore grande come i suoi enormi scarponi. Ha solo un piccolo problema: iul suo calendario sio e' fermato al 1666, e sembra non rendersi conto di vivere nel 1966. Per ricordarglielo, viene mandato in canonica il giovane e rampante Don Francesco, detto Don Chichi, prete "del popolo", sempre pronto a stare, non sempre a ragione, dalla parte del povero. E poi c'e' "Caterpillar" detta Cat, la scalmanata nipotina di Don Camillo. E Veleno, ultimo figlio del sindaco Peppone. E con questi ingredienti non possono che nascere scintille. Ho sempre amato i libri di Guareschi perche', pur essendo chiaramente di parte, non ha mai puntato il dito contro la persona, ma si e' sempre limitato a criticare genuinamente l'ideologia. Una penna tagliente quella di Guareschi, che gli ha causato non pochi problemi (a quei tempi i Comunisti non amano molto i commenti negativi). Eppure i suoi personaggi, comunisti o proletari, giovani o vecchi, sono sempre veri e umani, che non si tirano mai indietro quando c'e' da aiutare chi sta peggio.Come fanno Cat, Veleno e i loro amici. Come fa Peppone e pure Don Chichi'. Personaggia veri, che mostrano pregi e difetti, ma mai noiosi o piatti.Un romanzo velato di malinconia per quel mondo che gia' negli anni Sessanta, sotto la spinta del miracolo economico, stava ormai lentamente scomparendo. E come accade a Don Camillo, Guareschi cerca di convincersi di non vivere piu' nel passato, e di accettare il presente, anche se non bello come i nostalgici ricordi di una gioventu' lontana. Bello, divertente, a tratti commovente.

  • Simon Mcleish
    2019-04-20 11:18

    Originally published on my blog here in April 2000.The second collection of Don Camillo stories continues to be charming, though it is not as good as the first. The limitations of the chosen subject begin to become apparent, and some of the stories from Don Camillo and the Prodigal Son are little more than repetitions of ones from The Little World of Don Camillo. The altar crucifix plays a rather smaller role than it does in the first book, which is a pity (though the voice of Christ is barely present in the best story here, which is about a false news report leading the local Communists to think that the Italian general election has been won and that the time has come for the eradication of the reactionary forces of repression, starting with Don Camillo himself). The style of the new translator is virtually indistinguishable from that of the first book's (Una Vincenzo Troubridge).

  • Milad
    2019-03-23 12:18

    به نظر من هرچند کتاب داستانهای جذاب و کشش داری داشت که بعضا آدمو به خنده هم وا می داشت اما رفتار آدما و شخصیت پردازی ها اصلا واقعی نیست.افراد حزب کمونیست دهکده تماما ابله و بی منطق هستند و اینجاست که یک کشیش با وقار و متانت مقابل این افراد در می آد و نسخه کل معضلاتو می پیچه می فرسته پی کارش.فکر کنم نویسنده کاملا با غرض داستانو نوشته.یا وقتی داری مکالمات مسیح رو با دون کامیلو می خونی یاد کتاب تعلیمات دینی میفتی نه صرفا چون مسیح داره یه کشیشو رهنون می کنه مشکل اینجاست که این دیالوگ ها خیلی خام و سطحی رد و بدل میشوند.داستان هایی غالبا بی ارتباط به هم که بعضا با پیام های اخلاقی رو تمام می شوند باعث میشن وقتی کتابو تموم می کنی احساس کنی هیچی دستت نیومده.دون کامیلو علی رغم موضوع جالبی که داره اصلا کتاب ظریفی نیست.(مقایسه کنید با ظرافت آثار داستایفسکی که موضوعات مشابهی به دون کامیلو رو دستمایه برخی رمانهاش قرار داده.)

  • Linda
    2019-04-01 07:14

    The first book in this series "The Little World of Don Camillo" is still one of my all time favorites (and I read it every time the election cycle ramps up) and I recently got my grubby hands on a bunch of the sequels. If you haven't read them, this series is basically made up of short satirical stories set in a small Post WWII Italian town where the communist mayor and Catholic priest are both bruisers who clash all the time (and sometimes solve things with guns and fists) but are also grudging friends who will band together despite being ideologically opposed.This particular anthology is as charming as its predecessor, it has more of a religious bent, but I see it as being an aspect of the small Italian town life it lovingly satirizes. Although I do think Guareshi tends to be more critical of Communism as an ideology versus Catholicism.

  • Nonethousand Oberrhein
    2019-04-14 08:30

    Gli angeli e i demoni del dopoguerraAlla fine degli anni quaranta e inizio anni cinquanta, il parroco Don Camillo e il sindaco comunista Peppone, avversari nella politica e negli ideali, si "contendono" i cuori e le anime degli abitanti d’un un paese della bassa parmense. Tra episodi comici e drammatici, dichiarazioni di saggezza popolare e spunti di riflessione, i racconti che compongono queste raccolte, pur fornendo una visione edulcorata e di parte dell’Italia del dopoguerra, restano un testamento ottimista e saggio di un periodo storico difficile e ricco di contraddizioni.In questo libro, dopo una breve (e forzata) parentesi come parroco di un paesello di montagna, Don Camillo torna a incrociare gli sguardi e le intenzioni del sindaco Peppone.

  • Aletha Tavares
    2019-03-31 08:32

    the series of Don Camillo is the village priest & his adversary is Peppone, the communist Mayor and how the two deal with sitations that occur within their little village in Italy. The two antagonists stand on either side never shifting from their stance, but yet come togerther in their won ways to keep the peace within. Very humoursly written by Giovanni, a humour that even the most die hard leftists & those of a religious bent of mind will find hard not to agree.

  • El Segoviano
    2019-04-04 12:07

    Hace casi 40 años que lo leí, lo que significa que los detalles sobran, sin embargo tengo un muy agradable recuerdo de este libro.Con un estilo muy natural y poco rebuscado relata las relaciones de un cura y un alcalde comunista en un pueblo de Italia. Se han hecho peliculas del libro que resultaron un éxito y el libro se recuerda con mucho cariño y buen humor.

  • Rose Ann
    2019-03-22 05:17

    I am only giving this 3 stars because it did not seem up to the wonderfulness of the first book, "The Little World of DOn Camillo" or the stories in "Don Camillo's Dilemma." However, any time spent with DOn Camillo and Peppone in the Po River valley is time well spent.

  • Shani
    2019-04-18 06:28

    Giovanni Guareschi's short stories set in a community in the Po River Valley after WWII describe the world as seen through the eyes of the local priest, Don Camillo and the Communist mayor of the town, Peppone.An old classic worth re-reading in today's world.

  • Mehrbanoo
    2019-04-14 12:36

    با خوندن این کتاب شیرین میشه فهمید که ادیان فرق چندانی باهم ندارن و بنای همه‌شون بر صداقت و انسان دوستیه. بعضی از داستانهای کتاب خیلی جهانی بودن هرچند توی دهکده کوچیکی اتفاق افتاده بودن. خوندشو توصیه میکنم

  • Tommy Verhaegen
    2019-04-18 10:20

    Humor en ontroering. De bekende vete tussen een dorpspastoor en een communistische burgemeester in het naoorlogse Italie. Ik vind het minder grappig dan vroeger en ook minder relevant. Het boek is duidelijk getekend door de tijd, maar ja, dat ben ik zelf ook.

  • Sangwon Yoon
    2019-03-26 13:18

    A satisfying mix of humor and lessons.

  • Basia
    2019-04-08 05:18

  • Sourena Kazemi
    2019-04-07 09:28

    یه کتاب ساده و بدون هیج گونه عمقی که همش داره مارکسیسم و میکوبه و بصورت ابتدایی تبلیغ کلیسا رو میکنه

  • Rana
    2019-03-22 10:11

    یکی از معدود کتاب هایی بود که از خریدن و خوندنش کاملا پشیمون شدم. بیشتر شبیه کتاب هایی بود که دوران دبستان می خوندم

  • Mohsen
    2019-03-22 11:23

    کتاب بسيار سرگرم کننده بود و متني روان داشت. تمام کتاب را يک نفس خواندم. طنز زيبا و هوشمندانه اي داشت و کاملا جذاب و زيبا بود.

  • Shannon
    2019-04-01 11:28

    Hilarious and sweet. A pleasure to read.

  • Apat subido
    2019-03-22 05:23

    religion, communism, very funny!