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Natural Order Of Things Hardcover – Jul 13 2006

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Each time the story cuts the surface, there is something beneath it that warms you and makes you cry. Here is a novel we can boast about overseas - La Repubblica The novel's language, elegance and style are a joy - Bucher --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Andrea Canobbio was born in Turin. An editor at the publishing house Einaudi,
he is the author of the novels Vasi Cinesi (1989), Traslochi (1992), Padri di padri (1997), and Indivisibili (2000). This is his first book to appear in America.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
a pleasant but not a memorable read Oct. 28 2006
By Robert J. Piro - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It seems that modern Italian literature has not kept pace with other European countries----even eastern European writers are being translated and published here. I had hoped that Andrea Cobbio might be about to change that trend. I started the book with high hopes but its meandering story line, confusing and not quite developed characters, and unsatisfacory ending were a disappointment. It is about a fat and apparantly unattractive landscape architect's attraction to a very strange and shadowy widow of a patrician patriarch. Motivtation is murky and it just never pulls together. I was never tempted to abandon it because it was a pleasant though not very rewarding read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
beneath the surface... July 22 2008
By R. S. Chaney - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I hope more of Canobbio's work will be translated to english. It is a darkly entertaining and engrossing read. The author does an excellent job of showing the chaotic inner depths of "Claudio" a garden designer living a seemingly ordinary life.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Order and Disorder in Italy Nov. 24 2011
By James W. Fonseca - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Natural Disorder of Things is about an Italian garden designer. He gets in over his head when he becomes romantically involved with an upper-class woman who is a widow connected to a strange aristocratic family with a lot of mysterious goings-on. There is a bit of a mystery involving the gardener witnessing a murder where someone is deliberately run down in the rain in a mall parking lot. Our garden designer is much more successful at imposing order upon the landscape than he is at putting his own life in order. The interplay of modern vs. classical going on in his life is reflected in his garden designs. The book, translated from the Italian, has a lot of local color of modern (1990's) suburban and rural Italy.
Five Stars Sept. 11 2014
By diana howard - Published on
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Loved this compassionate author. Glad to discover him
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More Literary Blah-Blah-Blah July 1 2010
By Jon Gerloff - Published on
Format: Paperback
The trouble with literary fiction these days is that so much of it is just plain boring. And boring ain't entertaining. This is another in a long line of literary fiction, well-received and highly recommended literary fiction, that doesn't live up to the hype (or at least the good reviews). This isn't a bad book, mind you, well written and all that, it just doesn't have that much of a plot. And then the end is so tidy that nobody has to get their hands dirty, which was kind of where this book was going...I thought. Anyway, when you're done with it you kinda go, eh? On to the next.