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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurent Guade Narrator: Daniel Oreskes and Barbara Caruso Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN:
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Winner of France's most prestigious literary prize, set in the unforgiving south of Italy, this is an epic tale of love, lies, and a family's disgrace.

Spanning five generations, the Scorta family saga begins in 1870 with Rocco Scorta Mascalzone, the bastard product of a rape and a notorious scoundrel. Burdened by a legacy of infamous crimes and forsaken loves, its lineage doomed to struggle, the Scortas nevertheless are blessed: with pride and a relentless faith in their own power. Their wealth lies in their memories and their collective belief in the pursuit of happiness.

In a narrative both lyrical and linear, Laurent Gaude interweaves a compelling story with a timeless message and the recollections of old Carmela as she delivers her final confession to the family priest, exposing the Scortas' most deeply buried secret.

Translated by Stephen Sartarelli and Sophie Hawkes.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myr | 2/16/2014

    " To read and read and read again !!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 1/16/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Halifaxfriends | 1/2/2014

    " This book is available as an audio book in the Halifax branch. It is the story of five generations of a family in a small village in southern Italy. It is also the recipient of a major literary prize in France. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/30/2013

    " If you like literary family epics, you'll like this book. It's full of amazing landscapes, the good, bad and ugly of human nature and also hope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 10/18/2013

    " this is excellent!! I met the author is Arles and he autographed my book; i offered this book to all my friends (authographed) for christmas!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrey | 10/8/2013

    " Down the alley of the Buddenbrooks and the Forsythe Saga, but more concise and with a happy ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moniiq | 9/22/2013

    " In Nederlandse vertaling, maar die staat niet bij de edities "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mientras Leo | 10/19/2012

    " Se me ha quedado corto "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 12/9/2011

    " An excellent saga of heartache and tragedy and Italian family unity; however, the writing is kind of melodramatic and the overall feeling is unsatisfying to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 9/4/2010

    " Very well done. I suspect there are many family tales such as this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 4/13/2008

    " why is the official review talkinga bout Bejnamin, Mary and Kim?! what is that all about - nothing to do with The House of Scorta... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 3/24/2008

    " I could feel the dry heat, smell the parched stones, hear the anguish and joy of the characters. A multi-generation story in which a curse is a blessing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sanja | 4/23/2006

    " i must admit, i cried ... "

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