Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Il partigiano Johnny. Like many such books --partly novelized autobiography-- this will appeal more to those interested in particular times and places, the behavior of men in battle, than to those looking simply for a good read. Fenoglio is acute and perceptive in his sketches of men but it is not a novel of deep psychology or a study of the human character.
What he does bring, with rare gifts, is the unexpected turn of phrase, the image that sometimes, is so unique, that it distracts from the sentence or paragraph. We are reading, after all, about men at war; being startled by a novel coinage can sometimes make us lose our way. Feb 18, Seingalt rated it liked it. Apart from Primavera di bellezza, Il partigiano Johnny is my least favorite Fenoglio, and I've read everything, even his plays and the fragments of narrative projects that were published only after his death at least one of which, "I penultimi," is as good as anything he ever wrote.
All the same, I stuck with it through a slow middle section and eventually found myself wrapped up in the book, racing toward the finish.
I'm not sure why Il partigiano Johnny is Fenoglio's most famous book or why Apart from Primavera di bellezza, Il partigiano Johnny is my least favorite Fenoglio, and I've read everything, even his plays and the fragments of narrative projects that were published only after his death at least one of which, "I penultimi," is as good as anything he ever wrote. I'm not sure why Il partigiano Johnny is Fenoglio's most famous book or why it is considered his best.
I think people are simply impressed by length. Sep 24, Marcello La rated it it was amazing. It's a pity Fenoglio died before ending it. The novel, anyway, manages to describe in a very neat and intense way the days of the "resistance", the civil war that thorn apart Italy during WW2.
Dec 25, Enrico Ammirati rated it it was amazing. Fenoglio's Masterpiece. To be read. Then visit Alba town.. Jan 11, Nobile rated it really liked it. Grande Johnny! A picture of the Italian Resistance. The movie is just amazing. Apr 22, Yates Buckley rated it it was amazing Shelves: essential , fiction.
Il partigiano Johnny by Beppe Fenoglio
An incredible account of the first person experience of a young italian that is caught in WW2 as a partisan in the midst of confusion, bad information, backstabbing, families breaking apart absurdly. It conveys the Italian experience of WW2 on its own land as more one of a kind of civil war that divides into many parts I personally woke to understand how the human animal is just there beneath the surface to make the most absurd and violent of decisions, as well as love and kindness.
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About Beppe Fenoglio. Beppe Fenoglio. His work was published in a critical edition after his death, but controversy remains about his book Il partigiano Johnny translated as Johnny the Partisan , often considered his best work, which was published posthumously and incomplete in The works of Fenoglio have two main themes: the rural world of the Langhe and the partisan war; equally, the writer has two styles: the chronicle and the epos.
These stories were a chronicle of the Italian Partisans or of rural life. One of such works was La malora , a long story in the style of Giovanni Verga.
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