Runaway Words – Le Parole Scappate
Another city, another book fair, another bag full of books.
Italian books, by Italian authors, published by independent Italian publishers. And all on show at Rome’s Piu’ Libri Piu’ Liberi (“the more books we read, the more free we become”) which turned out to be an excellent event, full of interesting people, interesting workshops, and most of all, amazing books. So what to read first?
Having a long journey to face afterwards, I opted for all the children’s ones… hours of Italian children’s books …the perfect way to while away the journey home from a busy weekend in Italy’s eternal city with the little lady.
By coincidence, the first one we picked was by the same author – Arianna Papini – whose book “E’ una parola” I was enthusing about last month.
Le Parole Scappate – which would translate literally as “Runaway Words” – is a story narrated in two voices: a young dyslexic boy and his Alzheimer-suffering grandmother.
Having picked up so many books at the fair, I had completely forgotten what this one was about, so when I read the first few sentences, it took me a few seconds to get my bearings. For me that’s a good sign it’s going to be a great read. When the first page throws you, shakes you about and forces you to sit up and pay attention you know it’s going to be a gripping journey.
If you like the sound of it, read on.