The Greece of the grandfather


Published on Jun 22, 2019


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The greatness of this book lies in the passion of professor Giuseppe Zanetto, professor of Greek Language and Literature at the Università degli Studi of Milan. I met him several times in my years of university study, intrigued first by the voices on the air of one of this professor, and more than once I had the opportunity to listen to him, fascinated. I expected, therefore, that In Greece, a land of myths, gods and heroes was an original and engaging book about Greek myths and history of ancient Greece, instead, the book is a reportage-style diary of a vacation that I made with their grandchildren among the most interesting archaeological sites of that Country.

From this-like a tourist guide (each chapter corresponds to a leg), it emerges clearly how every stone, every olive tree, every profile of the coast to be able to tell the author a story unknown to most. Often outside the traditional tourist routes or simply with a look more attentive to details, Zanetto is unstoppable in the tell to the grandchildren everything that he loves and knows each and every single shard, a relic, rock, promontory: we would like to leave for a trip with him, on the same day.

But there is a but. The choice of writing-report, focused on the dialogues and the thoughts of the grandfather-master, in a sort of school of Athens, itinerant, if it is fascinating and unforgettable in the direct experience of the grandchildren, is confusing and complex for the readers. The dialogues, as is natural, that is, jumping of palo in frasca, following the thread of the thoughts and provocations that the reality of time, time it: notations on the kitchen and the dishes are interwoven with myths, geography, and culture, as well as notations of art and architecture alternate with jokes about dinners spent together and about the passions of the guys. The player limps, especially if you do not have a knowledge of at least the initial of the Greek world. The lack of accurate descriptions of what the characters are observing, it also makes the provocations and the ideas are very abstract: the grandchildren certainly will bind the amazing tale of a certain story in a certain columns which seem so common, because they had in front of my eyes, while the grandfather spoke, but the readers? In the same way the reading of a passage of the Odyssey in the shadows of a temple, lasting memory for those who lived it, is likely to be simply a succession of provocations to the reader, without that this have the ability to sort, understand, remember. Lacks the anchor to reality, and the readers are in danger you feel all the weight of an external observation that is not shared: a look at times envious of the joyful atmosphere and happy, but at the same time confused and prevented in the understanding.

The illustrations of Camilla Pintonato are very beautiful and make the best of the impressions, the sensations, the memories, the quotes, the looks in love and fascinated that the narrator offers to his grandchildren and to his readers.

The language itself is very smooth, the dialogues are dense and make it easy to read, but I would not define it for nothing a simple book, far from it. Is the conformation of the text to make the text complex: on the one hand, it stands as the statement of claim (the insights are not many, apart from the interesting dialogue around the myth and its truthfulness) and perhaps offer it to avid readers of Greek history may be inadequate, however, recommending it to readers young and completely ignorant of the culture of ancient Greece, according to me, the risk of bombardarli of multiple input too disordered that little will leave in their memory after having read the last page.

The ideal reader may be a young man of 10 years, that something has already known of the hellenic history, maybe in the process of starting their own for a holiday in Greece.

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