After the Divorce

After the Divorce The novel begins with Costantino Ledda s conviction and sentencing for the murder of his cruel uncle Though innocent of the crime he accepts the guilty verdict as punishment for marrying Giovanna Era

  • Title: After the Divorce
  • Author: Grazia Deledda Susan Deledda Susan Ashe
  • ISBN: 9780810112490
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback
  • The novel begins with Costantino Ledda s conviction and sentencing for the murder of his cruel uncle Though innocent of the crime, he accepts the guilty verdict as punishment for marrying Giovanna Era through a civil ceremony rather than an expensive church wedding When her husband is taken away, Giovanna has no way to provide for herself, her mother, and her son, who soThe novel begins with Costantino Ledda s conviction and sentencing for the murder of his cruel uncle Though innocent of the crime, he accepts the guilty verdict as punishment for marrying Giovanna Era through a civil ceremony rather than an expensive church wedding When her husband is taken away, Giovanna has no way to provide for herself, her mother, and her son, who soon dies of malnutrition Out of desperation she divorces Costantino, according to a new law for wives of convicts, and marries a wealthy but brutish landowner When the true murderer confesses and Costantino returns, he and Giovanna begin a forbidden and ultimately destructive affair.Deleda s tragic story of poverty, passion, and guilt portrays the primitive and remote world of the church, pre Christian superstitions, and laws dictated from the mainland, in her native Sardinia, where society hangs in a delicate balance Once this order is disrupted, none of these characters can escape the spiral of destruction dictated by fate, God, and society.

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    1. I believe this to be the first novel I have read taking place in Sardinia. Unfortunately, the Island itself left more of an impression on me than Deledda's 1902 story of tragic love on which it is set. Winner of the Nobel Prize in 1926 she had many admirers, one D. H. Lawrence praised Deledda for creating the passionate, complex, psychological condition of her period. Who am I to argue?. She writes of her native land in a pitiless glare of hardships and imprisoning plight, with religion casting [...]

    2. This wasn't doing anything for me by about 1/3 of the way through so I'm just going to DNF it. Not bad but just a plain translation and flat characters that I didn't really care about.

    3. As a description of a certain time and way of life it is very good, very much in the vein of the social realism novels and their depiction of peasant life in the early 1900s across all of Europe. There are also many lyrical descriptions of the landscapes and village life. The characters were stereotypical however and the ending rather abrupt. An interesting read but not quite as memorable as I'd hoped.

    4. After the Divorce is a tale in 1920s Sardinia of love, envy, covetousness, murder, deceit, and anger. In actuality, it is drama dealing with events in the lives of Costantino Ledda, his wife Giovanna, his rival Brontu Dejas and the mothers-in-law, Bachisia Era and Martina Dejas.Wrongfully accused of murdering his uncle, Basile, Costantino received a sentence of twenty-seven years in prison. Giovanna and Bachisia lost their home after paying off the lawyer. The area is not impoverished, but Giova [...]

    5. This novel by Nobel Laurreate Grazia Deledda provides psychological insight into the society, religion, and people of early twentieth century Sardinia. At the beginning of the novel, a man, Costantino, is wrongfully convicted of murder. He accepts the verdict as punishment for his sin. “This was the dreariest of his imprisonment. He sat motionless, hour after hour, legs crossed, hands clasped round his knees, but oddly enough he never lost hope or rebelled against his fate. He was convinced he [...]

    6. Leí la mitad de este libro que, a pesar de ser corto, se me hizo eterno. Todavía no imagino del todo la evolución de los personajes, pero no tengo la paciencia suficiente como para descubrirlo. No obstante, quisiera creer que mejorarían mucho, que comprenderían ciertas cosas y que las compartirían con lo que vendría a ser el lector. En cuanto a la historia en sí, leí la sinopsis, y, es por ello, que comprendí su dirección. No me resultó interesante aun cuando sí podría serlo; se de [...]

    7. Interesting story. About 100 years ago in Sardinia, a man and woman are in love and get married. A shirt time later, the man is convicted of murdering his uncle and sentenced to life in prison. However, a short time earlier, the Italian government padded a law that says if your husband is entranced to life in prison, a wide may divorce her husband.Everyone in town is shocked when the womsn gets a divorce because even if the law says you can divorce, they all believe that divorce is a sin against [...]

    8. I read the translation by Susan Ashe (publisher Quartet) and was deeply moved by it. I found the descriptions of Sardinia to be haunting, the society brutal and the characters tragic.

    9. Bad Read For MeI really thought this would be a great story, but I don't like the style it was written. I presume this was translated and something was lost in translation. Additionally, everyone is mad or sado much for me.

    10. Grazia Deledda was the second Italian and the second woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. I can see what the Swedes like about her; the spartan houses and goat pastures of her native Sardinia seem Scandinavian in their harshness. The plot turns on a law that allowed women to divorce convicts. So the central pair is married civilly, not in the church, and is sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. The overpowering sense of fate is redeemed by the unforgettable sense of place and a v [...]

    11. I recently discovered this writer was the second woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1926 or thereabouts. She is from Sardinia and there are dozens of other books written by her, which I am excited about.I chose this book for "pleasure reading" just because it looked interesting and I had never heard of the author. It was a good choice. I am not sure if this is her best work, though. My guess would be no, but I could be incorrect.

    12. Da sardo, per tre quarti almeno, mi viene la nausea a sentir santificare la "profonda e plastica" visione che la Deledda avrebbe avuto della vita nell'isola.Sgrammaticato (ma non "verista"!) e moralista fino alla nausea. Preso dal Gutenberg Project per pura curiosità, triste esperimento che non ripeterò mai più.Alla facciazza del "Premio Nobel" va' in mona.

    13. A wonderfully written tragic tale of love and betrayal in ancient Sardegna. Grazia Delleda is won't he Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926. Her wonderful stories are mostly about the Sardinian People. I look forward to reading more of her work.

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