A best seller in Italy, where it sparked intense debate, Simona Vinci s first novel was awarded the prestigious Elsa Morante Prize and subsequently was acquired by publishers around the world Clearly an accomplished and important book, it is also a profoundly disturbing one.In a suburb of Bologna, three boys and two girls ranging in age from ten to fifteen enter the seaA best seller in Italy, where it sparked intense debate, Simona Vinci s first novel was awarded the prestigious Elsa Morante Prize and subsequently was acquired by publishers around the world Clearly an accomplished and important book, it is also a profoundly disturbing one.In a suburb of Bologna, three boys and two girls ranging in age from ten to fifteen enter the season of long summer days and the mysterious beauty of the cornfields surrounding the town There, in an abandoned shack, they discover the excitement of being part of a group with its own rules and secrets Normal kids who Rollerblade and play the same video games and Oasis and Alanis Morissette CDs that kids play everywhere, they come from normal families, their parents just as busy as most are these days Although everyone assumes that someone will keep an eye on the kids they re always playing out front in the parking lot, aren t they this assumption turns out to be false.Tiring of familiar childish pastimes, these five ride bikes or scooters out to their clubhouse and awkwardly begin their sexual initiation, liberated by innocence and driven by natural curiosity But this rite of passage is gradually perverted by images from the adult world as these increase in creepiness and violence, inevitably the games these confused and powerless children play, mimicking desires not their own, become horrifyingly real.Claustrophobic, mesmerizing and unf
What We Don t Know about Children A best seller in Italy where it sparked intense debate Simona Vinci s first novel was awarded the prestigious Elsa Morante Prize and subsequently was acquired by publishers around the world Clearly
BAMBINI DI CEMENTOCapisco che sia piaciuto, gli ingredienti giusti ci sono tutti.Capisco perch viene sempre tirato in ballo McEwan, evidente.Immagini forti, colori brillanti, odori acuti, sapori acidi, atmosfere dense, tanto cinema.Una cosa sconosciuta e allo stesso tempo familiare Divertente.
La crudelt Forse sarebbe stato meglio restare ignoranti su questi bambini Simona Vinci mi piace molto.
Storia di un gruppo di bambini che, guidati da un adolescente, scoprono il sesso, quasi senza rendersene conto Quello che sembra quasi un gioco, per , si trasformer in tragedia Una scrittura semplice, molto lineare ma efficace Una storia terribile, piena di una violenza che per non viene mai esplicitata del tutto, rimane sempre sullo sfondo, e, anzi, a volte sembra che nemmeno l autrice se ne accorga Non consiglierei a tutti questo libro nonostante la scrittura quasi asettica, la storia molto fo [...]
Libro ben scritto, che affronta con crudezza e semplicit un argomento spinoso come la scoperta del sesso La storia poi ha una deriva che arriva come un pugno nello stomaco Bello, anche nell ambientazione resa con dovizia di particolari in modo estremamente evocativo.
The characters all seemed pretty shallow and a lot of the content was shocking just to be shocking rather than working to forward the plot.
Scenderemo nel gorgo muti Appena l ho finito mi sono detta a questo libro non posso dare un voto e non credevo che mi potesse capitare, ma qualunque voto sarebbe ingiusto in un senso o nell altro Un pugno nello stomaco, non c altro modo di dirlo, come se ti strappasse qualcosa dal ventre la sensazione fisica proprio quella , e ti lasciasse con un vuoto indescrivibile e terribile dentro Mi aspettavo un libro e fino a un certo punto le mie aspettative erano esatte, ma non c era nulla che mi distur [...]
I was really unimpressed with this book I think similar stories are probably scattered in notebooks of teens and young adults everywhere, stories about people just like them who took the dark aspects of life too far too soon, and that this author was just the one who bound it up in a readable package I think we stopped just shy of getting to know the characters, and I felt like all the author wanted to do was write sexually deviant and sadistic scenes involving tweens and teenagers I probably wo [...]
Given to me by a friend as part of our seasonal reading challenge It s rare for me to be shocked by a novel It s rare for me to be shocked by much This leads me to wonder if only fiction still holds the possibility to shock me.This novel is short and carefully written It s sparse and gentle, whilst delivering an unsettling storyline that will linger in my mind for sometime.There was an other worldly atmosphere throughout, which in a strange way made the events all the real.It reminded me in man [...]
Premessa per una recensione difficile Me l avevano detto in tanti che era un libro sconvolgente, che turbava, che avrebbe rotto la mia consuetudine di lettrice Ci ho creduto, ma ho pensato di farcela, tranquillamente Ne ho gi letti di libri cos , dicevo tra me e me, pensando alla Oates o Ellroy o Bret Easton Ellis Il tema sapevo quale fosse, non mi spaventava Non troppo almeno E cos ho letto questo libro, Dei bambini non si sa niente.Continua a leggere temperamente contempora
Told from the point of view of young italian girl it is the summer holidays and the school children in a dusty, boring italian suburb find an old hut in which they play One of the older boys introduces pornography to the group and persuades the others to play sex games He introduces extreme pornography and the play becomes extremely abusive, particularly of the smaller girls, who accept it as the price of belonging to the group of bigger children The tragic conclusion, however inevitable, is sh [...]
one of those books where you finish it, yet it continues to haunt you for days be ready for some greusome details, its pretty tough to read the horrific events spurred by a lack of attention given to the children I read this novel in Italian while studying in Italy, and the author actually came to our class to give a lecture it was great hearing her perspective on how she thought of such an unthinkable plotline great story but be prepared to be appauled and extremely uncomfortable
Really really powerful At points I had to put the book down because there were couple of really raw scenes However, Vinci s descriptions of the country as well as her varying points of view of the children really gives the reader a fresh perspective on child like innocence and the types of material children are exposed to Without trying, Vinci also makes the reader question parent involvement with their children and if the policy of ignorance is bliss is really the best parenting policy.
Disturbing and creepy and not totally plausible The descriptions of childhood sexual awakening and discovery are realistic and quite good, but the story seems to focus not enough on particulars and plot development and ends rather abruptly Could induce nightmares Might have worked better as a short story and not a novella.
I m glad that I ve found out there are some books out there that can still shock me This book shocked me, kind of If it were written by a man instead by a woman, the author would probably be arrested, threatened, attacked, maybe even murdered Anyhow, even like this, it is a very brave book Sickening.
L ho letto anni fa, quindi non potrei sinceramente dare un parere ragionato Tuttavia, mi sento di avvisare chi lo vuole leggere che pu essere estremamente disturbante, questo libro, ricordo che per tema e descrizioni l ho trovato assai soffocante, quindi attenzione, se non siete in un periodo in cui nulla vi scalfisce lasciate perdere
Disturbingly provocative but captivating at the same time Vinci offers an entirely new perspective on the modern conception of the paessagio of adolescence in its rawest form A page turner that at times has the power to make your skin crawl.
This book is crazy and disturbing But watch the news enough and I guess anything is believable.
Descriptive, decadent, detached, disturbing Dat s all.
Frighteningalistic charactersockingly dark
This book is a beautifully written creepfest I forget about it every so often and then it pops back in my mind Childhood exploratory sexuality through a Lord of the Flies lens.
I was a little bored It had potential, but I couldn t feel the book so to speak Maybe it s because I couldn t read it in it s original language It seemed almost clumsy.
Disturbing, but very good.
The writing is excellent for a first booke characters could have been developed and the content was disturbing.
Nem tudom mi rt, de nekem tetszett B r amit Mirko csin lt, az nem tetszett De basszus, ilyen kegyetlenek s idi t k tudnak lenni a gyerekek, ha nem figyel r juk senki.