The Hummingbird: \u2018Magnificent’ (Guardian) By Sandro Veronesi

The Hummingbird by Sandro Veronesi translated from Italian into English by Elena Pla tells the story of Marco Carrera by time hopping and piecing together a literary jigsaw: the chapter headings inform us we’re in 2018, 1988, 1999 or in the future. The form of writing style changes: from reading emails, narrative, dialogue, letters, poetry, lists of possessions and postcards. A terrific contemplating on the inner self and complex relationships. 978-1474617468 Marco Carrera suffers serial tragedy in life. Most of us suffer the loss of our parents, but Marco also has to cope with the death of his sister, his daughter, and finally with his own death. He marries impetuously and disastrously, but manages a lifelong failure to engage his seemingly true love, who eventually rejects him for his ‘hummingbird’ tendency to put huge effort into standing still and never developing. He is estranged from his brother, and the close friend of his early life. The only tragedy he avoids is the Larnaca airplane crash. The one purpose of his life is projected onto his granddaughter who is bizarrely presented without meaning as ‘the Man of the Future’.

Sandro Veronesi offers all this in multi layered snippets across time, much of it in the form of e mails, letters, and phone calls. If you don’t read it in one sitting, then you have to remember the thread, or reading becomes disoriented. Veronesi frequently interjects his own comment on postmodern society, lamenting for example the practice of sales people discretely turning away when a customer enters their PIN number into a terminal. Whilst interest is engaged in the second half, there is no story, no plot, no deeper character study. It’s a flat, limp book. 978-1474617468 Nice birthday gift for special lady. Shame this arrived damaged. Another small item had been forced into the envelope and caused deep indentations to centre front cover. Careless! And it’s a PITA returning and re ordering 978-1474617468 The complexity and simplicity, the beauty and sorrow of life captured through the view of a man from boy to his end. 978-1474617468 Dull people and a boring story. The 'Acknowledgement' by the end of the book is an insult to the reader. Suffer. 978-1474617468


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Marco Carrera is 'the hummingbird,' a man with the almost supernatural ability to stay still as the world around him continues to change.

As he navigates the challenges of life confronting the death of his sister and the absence of his brother; taking care of his parents as they approach the end of their lives; raising his granddaughter when her mother, Marco's own child, can no longer be there for her; coming to terms with his love for the enigmatic Luisa Marco Carrera comes to represent the quiet heroism that pervades so much of our everyday existence.

A thrilling novel about the need to look to the future with hope and live with intensity to the very end.

Over 300,000 copies sold
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Winner of the Premio Strega
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Book of the Year for the Corriere della Sera
The Hummingbird: \u2018Magnificent’ (Guardian)

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