Ten Italian Folktales has 51 ratings and 9 reviews. Christmas Carol ꧁꧂ said: I’m thinking some of the problems I had with this (mercifully) slim volume m. A little over thirty years ago Italo Calvino set out to provide for Italy what the Grimms had translated 24 of them as Italian Folk Tales (), but it was not till. Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more.

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Refresh and try again. I am hugely pretentious. This is my 4th Italo Calvino book and he is still to disappoint. Folktsles to the story of Joseph and his brothers in the Old Testament but is freshly-told thus more entertaining. However, the 11 brothers get annoyed because their youngest brother is slowing them down in their journey.

Melanti You mean Stone Soup? The bad news is that the renderings–at least in English–are absolutely flat: A great majority of these stories are silly, nonsensical things, with a lot of repeating plot structures.

In this collection Calvino combines a sensibility attuned to the fantastical with a singular writerly italin to capture the visions and dreams of a people. A young man gets tired of death and asks around which way he should go to find the land where one never dies.


Absolutely rated it it was ok Shelves: Italian Folktales Fiabe Italiane is a collection of folktales, collated from various regions around Italy, and from the works of a whole army of collectors, folklorists, ethnologists etc.

My fascination only increased when I discovered that underneath the beauty rolktales lay a italiqn of dark desires and fears, and these tales are only the tips of the icebergs of darkest human nature. I set it aside meaning to return to it, but never did. The two become friends and the king takes them both as his sons.

The Son of the Merchant from Milan.

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Ten Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino. The Science of Laziness.

Each is written concisely enough to be read in several minutes but this does not hinder each tale’s ability to draw the reader into a world of charms, curses and calvimo beings. Sep 10, Velvetink marked it as to-read Shelves: If you’re someone only familiar with the Grimms, you have to read this.


I am grateful to the storytellers from the beginning to Calvino. A very satisfying read overall. My library Help Advanced Book Search. My mother gave me this book when I was seven years old.

Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino

Trivia About Ten Italian Folkt Not a Calvino novel in the vein of the others of his I’ve read, but a very worthwhile addition to the bookcase. The Story of Campriano. Are there any similar books, about Italian Folktales? Folkfales, Italo Calvino lent his hand to the collecting and retelling of Italian folktales and so all the stories in this book have his excellent gift for entertaining telling. This has similarities to Alice in the Wonderland because of the hare but what happens in the enchanted land is altogether different.


To ask other readers questions about Ten Italian Folktalesplease sign up. Farmer Joseph, a young man, plays the flute while he tills the soil. I bought another copy of this for my italizn who is dyslexic as it’s the perfect book for those who love folkatles good story but find reading longer books difficult.

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