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The summer is a special time to grow and become great. It is a paradox, but it is during the hot and lazy summer days that kids perform steps of astounding in consciousness and knowledge: it is in the free time that you can see who you truly are, because the free time you can devote to what you love and want.
It is not surprising, therefore, that Guido Quartz choose your two hot summers to tell the story of the epic of growth of two young boys (Giannino and Antonio) struggling with two creative teachers and scientists: the abbot Stoppani, and the abbot Spallanzani.
The pestilent and the professor, set in Lecco on the shores of lake Como, celebrates the natural beauty of this landscape that is so characteristic through the story fictional of a summer spent by the irrepressible brat Giannino (figure inspired by the literary Giannino Stoppani famous protagonist of the masterpiece of Vamba) with her uncle, a geologist, and naturalist in the nineteenth century, the abbot Antonio Stoppani. Told in the third person, the short novel takes place between the boredom, the jokes, and you'll find more discole of the grandson of livorno and the subdued attempts of his uncle scientist to educate and contain the boy. Between trips down to the lake, guided tours to the spinning mill, ascended the surrounding peaks, hiking in caves infested by bats.. uncle and nephew, they will learn to know and appreciate: Giannino will discover aspects somewhat adventurous and intrepid of his uncle, a patriot of conviction and a passionate naturalist, and the abbot Stoppani appreciate the tenacity, the ingenuity and the resourcefulness of his nephew. Turns adventurous not to miss, including a pistolettata, but the different tensions of the narrative are harmonized in a way that is overall education, according to a the spirit much of the nineteenth century. The dialogues are dense and the language edited; sporadic and entrusted to a few bars of the most strictly scientific, while I found it a bit alienating the desire of popular historical figures, a novel that would have worked even without that necessarily his niece, Maria became Maria Montessori, so as, on the contrary is presented.
The episodes are interwoven with knowledge, with accurate descriptions and intriguing scientific knowledge blend in to the legends, the readings trigger the imagination and the historical events (well in context) they blend in with the mythologizing of some figures.
A novel long summer that gives the awareness and a glimpse of love of a zone, the zone of lecco, a very much loved especially by its inhabitants.
We move almost a century back, but the experience of Antonio told in the dance of The frogs is similar to that experienced by Giannino. In this case, the protagonist is Antonio, the young son of the miller, which will be used to help the scientist, the abbot Lazzaro Spallanzani, who was engaged in his studio in the summer between the ponds and the frogs in search of a justification to spontaneous generation. The growth of Antonio will be in this case a growth in intellectual, open-minded. In a rural society and the provincial well-sketched, the progress of science is mixed with the rumors and beliefs that appear to be rooted more than reason and common sense. The representation manzonian of the two religious men that you meet-clash on the scene has a flavor of realistic and again in the nineteenth century: the don Abbondio-don Liborio that pavidamente opposed to the religious Federigo-Spallanzani shows a faith that is very small and rickety compared to the deep-rooted love for the truth in his most wide of Spallanzani. This aspect, which remains in the background, it returns a compelling image of the historical context in which the debate of the enlightenment concerned the world and its contradictions, but also with his natural curiosity and nature. Antonio will go from an awe to a deep esteem and finally to a desire for knowledge, passionate. Antonio gives us the look of astonishment of the child, in a world so small and immature that fossils and exotic animals still accounted for wonders of another world. The first loves, the intrigues, the hunger, the warm and levzanzare and then the descriptions of scientific research and of the days in the ponds to recover frogs... provide moments which are vivid and pleasant. The dialogues are interwoven with the detailed descriptions and fascinating. The thought of Antonio grows similarly to her legs, dried and the happy ending with the choice to dedicate himself to his studies, he breaks a lance in favor of the beauty of the search.
Two novels of formation in different, but equally enjoyable: two different boys that we will still find more different at the end of the two short stories, a scientific background is both intriguing and a plot adventurous. Two readings tasty from 8 years old.
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