Sparrow: The Story of a Songbird

3.74 avg rating
( 1,168 ratings by Goodreads )
9780781802956: Sparrow: The Story of a Songbird
View all copies of this ISBN edition:

This is the first English translation of Verga's novel La Storia di una Capinera and is the official tie-in with the Zeffirelli film Sparrow.
Set in 1854 in a Sicily devastated by a cholera epidemic. Sparrow tells of a love that can never be; the brief existence of a girl, forced to become a nun, who falls in love with a young man, but who, on returning to the convent, goes insane.
Zeffirelli chose to film Sparrow as he was intrigued by the need for idealised and absolute love. "It is a challenge for me to tell of 'The Insanity of Absolute Love' with its emotional yearnings and enchantment, its exchanges of furtive glances and stolen caresses".

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Publisher:

Verga's epistolary novel, while taking on the highly-charged contemporary issue of "forced sisterhoods" - merges Romantic lyricism with a new social Realism to produce a tour-de-force of style and emotion.

From the Back Cover:

Giovanni Verga creates in this novel a tour-de-force of emotional intensity that represents one of the late flowerings of the Romantic movement and opens the door to the Realism of the late nineteenth century. Deeply emotional in its revelation of Maria's inner state, yet bitterly ironic in its criticism of Bourbon Italy's oppression of women, Sparrow still has the capacity to fascinate and outrage while it delights the reader with the bravado of Verga's fictional constructions.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

(No Available Copies)

Search Books:

Create a Want

If you know the book but cannot find it on AbeBooks, we can automatically search for it on your behalf as new inventory is added. If it is added to AbeBooks by one of our member booksellers, we will notify you!

Create a Want

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780934977425: Sparrow : A Novel

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0934977429 ISBN 13:  9780934977425
Publisher: Italica Press, 2008