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The Light in the Piazza #2020

The Light in the Piazza The Light in the Piazza takes place in Italy in the summer of Margaret Johnson and her beautiful twenty six year old daughter Clara are touring the Tuscan countryside While sightseeing Clara

  • Title: The Light in the Piazza
  • Author: Elizabeth Spencer
  • ISBN: 9780070601901
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Light in the Piazza By Elizabeth Spencer, The Light in the Piazza takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953 Margaret Johnson and her beautiful, twenty six year old daughter, Clara, are touring the Tuscan countryside While sightseeing, Clara meets a good looking young Italian man, Fabrizio, and quickly embarks on a whirlwind romance with him, despite her mother s stern disapproval.Margaret, extremely protectiveThe Light in the Piazza takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953 Margaret Johnson and her beautiful, twenty six year old daughter, Clara, are touring the Tuscan countryside While sightseeing, Clara meets a good looking young Italian man, Fabrizio, and quickly embarks on a whirlwind romance with him, despite her mother s stern disapproval.Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart, not only because of the cultural differences between the young lovers but also because of a family secret that would be revealed Clara is not quite all that she appears Considering whether to inform Fabrizio and his family of the truth about Clara, Margaret realizes that it could possibly spoil her daughter s one true chance for happiness.This is the book on which is based the popular new musical playing at Lincoln Center that has been nominated for eleven Tony Awards and eleven Drama Desk Awards.

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    1. Like a lot of people, probably, I was unaware of this author until 2005 when this story was chosen for a theatrical adaptation, and now it s a relatively famous musical That year I went to see a talk at Lincoln Center in New York with Elizabeth Spencer the author and Adam Guettel who wrote the musical She was small and elderly and very quiet, and she could hardly believe what was happening to her little book that was no longer even in print.I knew then, hearing her speak about her story, that it [...]

    2. THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA 1960 Elizabeth SpencerThis short novel is exquisitely plotted and sensitively told It is the story of Margaret Johnson and her daughter, Clara They are on an extended vacation in Italy, starting out in Florence They are Americans from Winston Salem, and Margaret s husband, who plans to meet them later, is an executive with a cigarette company While having a refreshment in a caf off of the Duomo, a young Italian man comes up to them and introduces himself He is a good look [...]

    3. This short book from 1960 some describe is a novella is written from the point of view of Margaret Johnson, a well preserved middle aged American lady who is making a leisurely visit of Italy, together with her beautiful daughter Clara When the handsome Fabrizio starts courting Clara, Margaret feels terribly conflicted should she tell him and his rather inquisitive family that Clara s apparent innocence is really due to a cognitive arrest incurred as a result of a fall of a horse when she was 10 [...]

    4. I found this small treasure of a book at a farmer s market where the local library had a free books display Here was the story behind the Tony award winning play that I have long hoped to see Amazingly, this small, 54 year old volume is a first edition with an almost pristine dust jacket It is also a book that I read quickly less than 24 hours and put down only for the obligatory meals and such Still, the story lingers in the mind and calls you back at the first moment of opportunity If you have [...]

    5. I am about half way through The Light in the Piazza and it has proven to be a very quick read I have to share this passage to show the wit in Elizabeth Spencer s writing Tea at the Naccarelli household revealed that the family lived in a spacious apartment with marble floors and had bad pictures than good furniture My only critique at the moment is that there is some conversation in Italian and I wish I would have brushed up in basic conversation Italian before picking up the book Granted the c [...]

    6. I m not exactly sure why I avoided Elizabeth Spencer as long as I did Also I m not sure why it took me so long to read this 100 page book I blame that small person I live with It turns out that she is kind of good in a quiet way Lots of unexpected turns of phrase settled among comfortable 50s prose Does that make any sense Not really Sorry.

    7. I knew the story from having seen the musical years ago Still the writing made this a worthwhile reading experience There was a rather shocking surprise towards the end which I felt was handled brilliantly by the author she didn t mislead us in any way, and in fact there were some clues along the way time wasn t making sense to me it wasn t a loud OMG , but rather a quiet Oh, I see, yes that makes perfect sense I am drawn to Florence and Venice dream destinations so the setting was an attraction [...]

    8. Ahh, the writing is so beautiful Felt like actually being back in Italy The storyline isn t flawless, but it s a quick and lovely read.

    9. 2 5Super short read The musical is much better the story is super dated The most interesting characters are the two fathers one of whom never actually appears in the story save for a phone call and Mrs Johnson s imaginings of what he might be doing Again, musical is way better Check out the musical it s gorgeously orchestrated and Clara and Fabrizio s relationship is developed far than it is in the novella.

    10. I saw this movie on TCM, one of the 1960s movies It was on Hoopla and a short read, so I added it as a light book to read while on the recent trip to Asia.

    11. I first saw this title when I watched the Tony Awards a few years ago, and was sufficiently curious about the story to check for the book Finally got it in my hands and now I think I d like to see what they did with it on stage The story comes off as fairly simple it s a short read A mother watching over her daughter on an extended visit in Florence the daughter is what was once simple developmentally stunted as a 10 year old or so but she falls in love with a young Italian, and mother is left t [...]

    12. Upon reflection, I changed my rating to four stars, because this is one HELL of a perfect psychological study of parenting And it s short, at just over 100 pages AND it takes place in lovely, picturesque Florence.Your child has suffered brain damage, of which she is unaware but you are fully aware of her truncated chance for a happy, fulfilled life When she falls in love with a boy who clearly loves her in return, what do you do To what lengths will you go to secure her happiness And to what len [...]

    13. I wanted to read this before seeing the musical this fall and it was an interesting novella The story is about Clara and Fabrizio who fall in love while Clara and her mother are travelling through Italy in the 1950s But the book is really about the mother, Margaret Johnson Most of the book really takes place in the mind of the mother who is trying to decide what to do about her daughter and this love affair Clara had an accident as a child and has a mental capacity of a 10 year old, but is reall [...]

    14. I remember watching the very end of this movie made from this book a long time ago and never knew the name of it and the ending always haunted me Years later I found out the title I wanted to see the movie, I had no idea there was a book I always found it interesting and can identify with the story to some degree I had a friend who was in a car accident and was never the same again she was like this girl stuck in the young age of her accident It focuses on the mother than girl, the mother s str [...]

    15. I m writing this review from Florence and thus am probably a bit biased in giving it 5 stars But really, the writing is excellent and the setup is very compelling it s a page turner The story ends up delving into surprisingly deep questions, for such a short work I d go into detail but am avoiding spoilers It s a satisfying read that leaves you wanting and its portrayal of Florence, at times a bit dated in its generalizations, is nevertheless highly acute.

    16. This was a surprisingly easy read, given the complexity of some of the characters Ms Spencer s writing kept me guessing throughout the story as to what the outcome would be, and I was not disappointed.

    17. A little light reading Fun Adapted into a cute movie, starring Olivia de Havilland, Yvette Mimieux, and George Hamilton playing an Italian boy with limited English Presents the light er side of Florence Very short.

    18. Ive seen the movie it was poignant and a bit controversial so maybe I should read the book too

    19. Short and interesting character study watching a mother rationalize her way into something unexpected but way too short to show any real consequences I wanted the rest of the story.

    20. Wonderfully written exploration of the thought processes of a 1950s mother who wants the best for her daughter.

    21. 3.5 starsquick and easy, makes you dream of Tuscany and summer and young love, and makes you wonder what would you do for your daughter s happiness

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