As God Commands

As God Commands

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"From Niccolò Ammaniti comes a novel set in industrial Italy, where a father and son contend with a hostile world, and their own inner demons." "The economically depressed village of Varrano, where Cristiano Zena lives with his hard-drinking, out-of-work father, Rino, is a world away from the picturesque towns of travel brochure Italy. So when Rino and his cronies come up with a plan to reverse their fortunes, Cristiano wonders if maybe their lives are poised for deliverance after all. But the plan goes horribly awry; on a night of apocalyptic weather, each person will act in a way that has irreversible consequences for themselves and others, and Cristiano will find his life changed forever, and not in the way he hoped." As God Commands is a story of life at the crossroads of hope and despair.

Title:As God Commands
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802170675
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    As God Commands Reviews

  • Eric

    definitely one of the best novels i've read in a while. something of a dickens-meets-cormac mccarthy tragicomic morality tale. i have to admit that it started out a bit slow -- felt like a series of s...

  • Ema

    This was quite a powerful story, like a tornado sweeping off the outside world and leaving nothing but me and this book. At first, the violence made it a little hard to read (I was not sure if I would...

  • Jeanne

    As God Commands depicts an angry, unemployed and unemployable father, trying and often failing to do his best for his isolated and lonely teenage son, while also looking after his old work colleague, ...

  • Jasminka

    Stunning and powerful, but at the same time so disturbing novel!Set in Italian industrial wasteland, this novel is far away from the tourist guides about the beauties of wonderful Italy. But, it is a ...

  • Infada Spain

    3.5 stars...

  • Patrick

    This book like some of the other award winning foreign novels I believe transcends its genre in crime story, thriller, or a coming of age story and moves it swiftly upward to contemporary fiction. It ...

  • Marc

    Ammaniti gives us a very raw picture of four people on the edge of contemporary Italian society: unemployed, addicted to alcohol, with radical (far right, racist) ideas about the world. The central fo...

  • Ted

    It took me a little while to get into this novel, but once I did I really enjoyed it. I can recommend it to anyone who enjoys popular fiction. It doesn't sit on my "crime fiction" shelf because althou...

  • Yumiko Hansen

    Italian title of this book is "As God Commands" -- and this is much better title as many of the characters beleive that they are in the hands of God.Ammaniti created the magnetic characters and it is ...

  • Erin

    This book started slow but then grabbed my brain and wouldnÔÇÖt let go. Pulpy, a bit cheesy, but also captivating with interesting characters. The ending annoyed me, and the writing is a bit awkward, ...