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ISBN:0395908728
Author: Penelope Fitzgerald
ISBN13: 978-0395908723
Title: Innocence
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Language: English
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (September 3, 1998)
Pages: 224

Innocence by Penelope Fitzgerald



When Penelope Fitzgerald unexpectedly won the Booker Prize with Offshore, in 1979, at the age of sixty-three, she said to her friends: ‘I knew I was an outsider. The people she wrote about in her novels and biographies were outsiders, too: misfits, romantic artists, hopeful failures, misunderstood lovers, orphans and oddities. Innocence is a book about the law of unintended consequence; about bad outcomes of good intentions; about the unexpected power of the guileless; about the pursuit of happiness, and our assumption that happiness might be the natural, indeed deserved, result of love. It is also about the strange manner in which love may arise, the inconvenient ways it may express itself, and its often awkward consequences.

Reading Innocence, or any of Penelope Fitzgerald’s books, I really don’t want to leave her sentences. I linger longer than I normally would before yielding to the irresistible pull of the promised, to see what might happen next. Many works of fiction might wield this power over us, but when the book closes the enchantment might end. Fitzgerald's books I keep on loving

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British novelist Penelope Fitzgerald, winner of the prestigious Booker Prize, offers the readers of INNOCENCE (her sixth novel) a delightful tale of modern Italian life by tracking the activities of the Ridolfi clan, an old, distinguished family surviving mainly on its reputation. Fitzgerald begins with an anecdote about La Ricordanza, the ancestral family home, which was once owned by a sixteenth century Count Ridolfi. Ridolfi, his wife, and their daughter were all midgets, and he arranged his daughter’s world so that she never saw anyone but midgets.

View More by This Author. This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device. A delectable comedy of manners set in 1950s Florence, by the Man Booker Prize–winning author of The Bookshop (The Boston Globe). Now, out of good intentions and the most innocent of instincts, two guileless friends are going to make a series of astonishingly wrong moves in the name of love. From a winner of multiple major literary awards who was called the best English novelist of her time by Julian Barnes, Innocence is a novel not just about Italians in love but of living and loving for all humans (The Times). As intoxicating as a shot of aged brandy.

Read "Innocence" by Penelope Fitzgerald with Rakuten Kobo. Stunning modern new cover reissue of one of Penelope Fitzgerald’s best-loved novels Innocence is set in the 1950s, when. Stunning modern new cover reissue of one of Penelope Fitzgerald’s best-loved novels Innocence is set in the 1950s, when Italy was picking up the pieces after the war. Chiara Ridolfi is the guileless daughter of a decrepit Italian family. Barney is her practical English girlfriend, who can sum up a man, she says, in one firm hand-grip. Rate it . You Rated it .

Fitzgerald's Innocence seems to me to be about real people undergoing real experiences, more real and more interesting than most biographies, and it carries absolute conviction as to time and place. What more could one ask of a novel?' Spectator Books of the Year. weilds a curious fascination, replete with the sense of sleepy, slightly anxious fatalism that pervades much of the Italian cinema of the period. is by far the fullest and richest of Penelope Fitzgerald's novels, and also the most ambitious. Her writing, as ever, has a natural authority, is very funny, warm and gently ironic, and full of tenderness towards human beings and their bravery in living. About Penelope Fitzgerald. Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most elegant and distinctive voices in British fiction.

This article is about the Penelope Fitzgerald novel. For other uses, see Innocence (disambiguation). Innocence Cover to first ion hardbackAuthor Penel. Innocence is a novel by British author Penelope Fitzgerald. Set in Italy, it is a comedy of manners concerning the marriage of the young daughter of an old but impoverished aristocratic family, and a beginning neurologist who has tried to cut himself off from emotion.

Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most elegant and distinctive voices in British fiction. Three of her novels, The Bookshop, The Beginning of Spring and The Gate of Angels have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her last novel, The Blue Flower, was the most admired novel of 1995, chosen no fewer than nineteen times in the press as the ‘Book of the Year’. It won America’s National Book Critics’ Circle Award, and this helped to introduce her to a wider international readership.

Beautiful Chiara is the last of the Ridolfi, a Florentine family of long lineage and eccentric habits. She is smitten with Salvatore, a brilliant but penniless doctor, a rational man who wants nothing to do with romance. This is the story of how these two--with the best intentions, the kindest of instincts, and the most meddlesome of friends--make each other wonderfully miserable inside.
Reviews: 7
Maucage
What is it about Penelope Fitzgerald that makes her novels so distinctive? I have to again cede authority to Julian Barnes and his 2008 review of her published letters in the Guardian. He points out that her targeted research gave her writing unique authenticity. He also points out that she subtly captures in English the language idiosyncrasies of the countries featured in her novels, almost as if she was translating the story into English.

In this case, the action takes place mainly in Italy during the decade following World War II. The introductory chapter sets the stage for and provides a contrast to the latter day Ridolfis, while establishing the pertinence of the title. And an awkward, misguided romance between the heiress to the diminished noble family and a poor, young doctor provides the story. The tension comes from the characters' complete misunderstanding of themselves and the impact they have on others.

But Fitzgerald's truly unmistakable fingerprint may be that wry sense of humor she deploys so deftly. I'm thinking specifically about Barney's mother at the wedding party (Barney being herself something of fount). Indeed, Lady Jones gets two seven line chapters entirely to herself, and they're both perfect. Fitzgerald also has an uncanny insight into the minds and aspirations of children, evinced here during the boy Salvatore's audience with Gramsci in the hospital.

As ever with Fitzgerald, the story isn't exactly the point. It's the writing that sticks with you, and these vivid little moments.
Jediathain
The great joy of reading Penelope Fitzgerald for the first time is that you can look forward to re-reading her soon again. Each of her nine short novels is quirky and delightful but never light. However plain the story, the story-telling is artful but never arty. Fitzgerald's sentences are full of surprises; her wise children, weak men and struggling women live in and transcend the everyday world. In "Innocence" the everyday world is Florence, Italy - the first of her last four novels to move away from her own lived experience and into the far away and long ago. It starts off as a grotesquerie which serves to introduce the large themes and metaphors that surround the love story at the center. It is a love story between (or among) people who have great difficulty with their own feelings, which leads readers to have difficulty with their feelings about these wonderful, infuriating characters. But I have no difficulty with my feelings about Penelope Fitzgerald; her nine novels are enduring and endearing masterpieces.
Kefrannan
INNOCENCE is one of my favorite Penelope Fitzgerald novels, mainly since its characters are 'lighter' in tone, than some of her other fiction. In this tale, the setting is not in England, rather in and around Florence of the mid-20th century and then some. How Ms. Fitzgerald can place a storyline, in a setting not that every-day to her, speaks to her great skill in the craft of fiction writing. As usual, a host of quirky characters meander through a muddle of loosely-relaed events that seek to draw all characters together to affect the denouement, as it ebbs into the typically, abrupt Fitzgerald conclusion.

In this novel, a young Florentina pursues the man of her dreams, even though her knowledge of him is absurdly vague and lacking in realistic details that a 'happy' and fruitful future might produce. But such is the way of the meddling, Italian society that drives the storyline. Having come from a noble, yet poverty-stricken family, consisting of an aged and old world father, a dotty old aunt and a naive young woman, the storyline evolves into a series of Italian, emotional and absurd scenarios that lead to the eventual wedding of the happy couple.

Mixed in with the father, aunt and daughter is the handsome, respectable and 'correct' doctor, upon which the daughter, fresh from an English boarding school education, is wont to pursue. Said neuro-specialist is as outwardly and inwardly 'sterile' as his intended bride is always at loose ends about life. Both marry to solve the problem of their single status and, thus, find a place in the Florentine society. On the edge of these main characters' bizarre approach to marriage, is the taciturn, yet realistic cousin who runs the family farm; Barney, a horsey, outspoken voice-of-reason, young English woman who arrives to advise her "weedy" former classmate, the daughter, whether or not to marry the handsome, respectable and 'correct' doctor; British neighbors who get caught up in the rumor-mongering society of Florence; and various other equally odd characters to round out the whiffty world of the Italians.

As usual, there is no end of ironic humor in this Fitzgerald tale. Every character of the plot is aware of the folly of the bridal pair's intent to marry, but that is the way, as one is lead to believe, of the Florentines. And that is the way that Ms. Fitzgerald loves to entertain her readers, as a tongue-in-cheek observer of all manner of people, doing their damnedest to find a way through their world.

Any fan of Penelope Fitzgerald's work will definitely enjoy this work of fiction. Somehow, it's lighter and a bit more positive than her other pieces of fiction.
Rainpick
I love reading novels and stories that leave me feeling satisfied. I enjoy thought provoking literature, something with a theme that says something about the world. While this book was entertaining, it lacked this theme. The humor was sharp and quick, and I loved that. However, the overall plot line was just... boring. Convoluted. Nonsensical. Things happened for no reason. Don’t even get me started on the pointlessness of the ending. Buy this book for quick, slight entertainment, or if you like to read about the “problems” that pretentious rich people face.