I immediately added An Italian Obsession by Kfir Luzzatto to my reading list--without even reading the description. The basis for this book is a little different than the other books that I have read from this author. What did I think of An Italian Obsession by Kfir Luzzatto?
Quick summary of An Italian Obsession. In the lax atmosphere of middle-class post-war Italy, sex and drugs are easy to come by. Roberto tries to find his own balance, but a crush he had for Alessandra in elementary school is reignited and the course of his life is changed forever. Love, Sex And Betrayal... It's the 1970’s, a time of political upheaval driven by disillusioned young people. Roberto is caught up in the times. He makes a new start, but his past catches up with him. Finding himself accused of a crime, he must defend himself even when he isn't sure he committed it. A new adult novel that will grab you and won't let you go.
Luzzatto's writing style easily pulls readers into the book's setting. I was pretty unfamiliar with 1970's Italy--so, I was slow to dive into this book. As usual; however, Kfir Luzzatto, does such an amazing job developing his setting, characters, and storyline--that within a few chapters, I felt very comfortable in both a time period and country which I had barely experienced before. Once the stage was set for the novel, Luzzatto moved readers flawlessly through the book.
An Italian Obsession is another page turner from Kfir Luzzatto. I always say that I'm not a fan of "love stories" and romance novels. While this book does focus a lot on the relationship between Roberto and Alessandra--the novel is really about much, much more. I even found myself attached enough to the characters and the storyline to hope for a "happy, love story ending".
Would I recommend An Italian Obsession? I love Kfir Luzzatto's writing style--and I have yet to be disappointed in his books. This book is certainly different from others that I have read from his--but, his style makes it another book that I couldn't put down. I am not always a fan of "coming of age" books--but, this is another great story from a wonderful author.
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Meet the Author:Kfir was born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. He acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S. soldier and WWII veteran, a voracious reader and a prolific writer. With a PhD in chemical engineering and a long family history that he needs to live up to, Kfir work as a patent attorney and heads the patent law firm that was established by his great-grandfather in Milan, Italy, in 1869. Kfir lives in Omer, Israel, with his full-time partner, Esther, their four children, Michal, Lilach, Tamar and Yonatan, and the dog Elvis. Writing has always been Kfir's passion and for almost four years he wrote a weekly "Patents" column in Globes (Israel’s financial newspaper), which also yielded his only (if he can help it) non-fiction book, THE WORLD OF PATENTS, (a not-so-boring tale of what patents are about, in Hebrew), which was published in 2002 by Globes Press. Kfir loves writing short stories but has too many novels waiting to be written (and possibly not enough years ahead of him to write them all), so now he mostly writes full-length fiction. His other passion is working with other authors on stories he loves and that's how he wound up serving on the editorial board of The Harrow Press as Anthology Editor.
You can read about Kfir's books here. He loves them all, but never had greater fun than when working on “HAVE BOOK WILL TRAVEL”, a YA fantasy that he wrote together with his son, Yonatan.
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