The Temptation to Be Happy

The Temptation to Be Happy

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Cesare is 77 years old, a widower and cynical troublemaker, a man who has always had trouble caring for others and has given up trying. Aside from an intermittent fling with a mature nurse called Rossana, who moonlights as a sex worker, he prefers to live his own life, avoiding contact with his neighbors and even his own children wherever possible. Until one day, the enigmatic Emma moves into the neighboring flat. Emma is ​​married to a strange and sinister man. A man that seems so different from Emma. As Cesare investigates, and starts to uncover the truth of their relationship, he begins to rediscover an appetite for life, and soon he finds himself risking everything for a future he had never thought possible.
Publisher: London, England : Oneworld Publications ; 2017
ISBN: 9781786071873
1786071878
Branch Call Number: FIC Marone L
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Whiteside, Shaun - Translator

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May 04, 2019

I would never have guessed that a book about a self-centered 77 year-old man would be so interesting. Cesare leaves his comfort zone when he tries to help his new neighbour. He joins forces with 2 elderly residents in his condominium building, each with their own frailties, to come to her aid. Cesare's relationship with his family plays a prominent role in the story. The writing style is wry for such serious subject matter and this is very effective. The author's observations and analysis of his protagonist's character are thought provoking.

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