As a Man Grows Older

As a Man Grows Older Not so long ago Emilio Brentani was a promising young author Now he is an insurance agent on the fast track to forty He gains a new lease on life though when he falls for the young and gorgeous Angi

Not so long ago Emilio Brentani was a promising young author Now he is an insurance agent on the fast track to forty He gains a new lease on life, though, when he falls for the young and gorgeous Angiolina except that his angel just happens to be an unapologetic cheat But what begins as a comedy of infatuated misunderstanding ends in tragedy, as Emilio s jealous persistNot so long ago Emilio Brentani was a promising young author Now he is an insurance agent on the fast track to forty He gains a new lease on life, though, when he falls for the young and gorgeous Angiolina except that his angel just happens to be an unapologetic cheat But what begins as a comedy of infatuated misunderstanding ends in tragedy, as Emilio s jealous persistence in his folly against his friends and devoted sister s advice, and even his own best knowledge leads to the loss of the one person who, too late, he realizes he truly loves Marked by deep humanity and earthy humor, by psychological insight and an elegant simplicity of style, As a Man Grows Older Senilit , in Italian the English title was the suggestion of Svevo s great friend and admirer, James Joyce is a brilliant study of hopeless love and hapless indecision It is a masterwork of Italian literature, here beautifully rendered into English in Beryl de Zoete s classic translation.

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  1. Aron Ettore Schmitz, better known by the pseudonym Italo Svevo, was an Italian businessman and author of novels, plays, and short stories.

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  1. Interesting novel about the nature of jealousy and obsession Svevo was a friend of James Joyce and was one of the models for Leopold Bloom This is one of his early works and is much less well known than Zeno s Conscience which Joyce championed.The book documents the path of a relationship between Emilio Brentani, a not so young approaching 40 failed writer turned insurance agent and the young and beautiful Angiolina Wait a minute this is the second book on mid life crisis I ve read recently.The [...]

  2. Un S nilita per Mr BallantineIl commesso aveva un paio di occhialetti rotondi, i capelli pettinati all indietro, sfoggiava un papillon rosso Scusi avete S nilita Chiesi Senilit , casomai mi corresse avviandosi a prendere il libroNella prefazione alla seconda edizione di Senilit , in data 1 marzo 1927, Svevo scrive Pensa Val ry Larbaud che il titolo di questo romanzo non sia quello che gli competa Anch io, che so ormai che cosa sia una vera senilit , sorrido talvolta di aver attribuito ad essa un [...]

  3. Sorry, but this book was so bad, in my view, that it deserves plot spoiling I ll give you the short version.Emilio falls in love with Angiolina He s older, but not decrepit old like me Just older They become lovers, but not as we, today, would think of lovers This is the 1890 s So, when they make love it means they take walks and occasionally exchange hugs and kisses, mostly kisses Emilio wants to continue this relationship, but the s of the time mean they can t They need a beard, in other words [...]

  4. Italo Svevo s 1890s novel As a Man Grows Older is the perfect gift for people who have never experienced human emotions but are curious what they are like So the next time you re wondering what to get that certain hard to buy for humanoid for his Inception Day gift, put that boring spark plug down and hook him up with some Svevo It s much easier to wrap anyway.

  5. Em lio tem trinta e cinco anos, um pacato vendedor de seguros e um escritor sem sucesso Mora com a irm e, para p r um pouco de sal na sua vidinha insossa, decide arranjar uma mulher Conhece Angelina e, logo no princ pio, a adverte de que ela n o passar de um brinquedo, pois ele tem muitos deveres com a carreira e a fam lia Para que ele a possa desonrar , sem se obrigar a assumir um compromisso, prop e lhe que ela arranje um noivo e se case para que possam ser amantes Angelina, uma mo a muito obe [...]

  6. Italo Svevo or Aron Ettore Schmitz 1861 1928 in real life was James Joyce s friend The character of Leopold Bloom in Ulysses was based on him It was James Joyce you championed Svevo s famous work, Confessions of Zeno tbr that when published was ignored by Italian readers and critics at that time It was Joyce who insisted to have it translated into French and published in Paris where it was praised extravagantly and made Svevo internationally known The reason why Joyce helped Svevo Joyce read th [...]

  7. Cinquanta sfumature di grigioEmilio Brentani, protagonista di Senilit , un intellettuale di fine ottocento che vive a Trieste E l incarnazione dell inetto perfetto, incapace di vivere realmente, imprigionato com nei suoi sogni e nelle sue illusioni Non vive, sopravvive La realt lo sovrasta e lui gira costantemente a vuoto, indeciso sul modo di agire.Si invaghisce di Angiolina, donna semplice, energica e anche allegrotta, che non disdegna altri uomini Ma lui non se ne accorge quasi La idealizza L [...]

  8. Emilio, il secondo inetto di Svevo, il perfetto esempio dell eroe negativo chiuso in se stesso, farneticante, immobile nella sua precisa volont di non maturazione, aggrappato alle proprie fantasticherie come a un cordone ombelicale di morte, gretto nella sua presunta superiorit intellettuale, fanatico nel progettare il perfetto autocontrollo sugli eventi della propria vita.E la vita, invece, gli sfugge da tutte le parti, deborda, si espande la vita non si fa imbrigliare, non si piega al calcolo [...]

  9. I went back and forth on this novel a bit as I read I think my feelings were framed by the contrast between the late 19th early 20th century division between the realist Verismo in Italy and decadent schools of novel writing that immediately preceded the modernist experiment I was at first rather angry at the narrator of Senilita for his entirely indefensible attitude toward women that it was fine that the protagonist, Emilio Brentani, as a middle aged bourgeois man, take a lover with no intenti [...]

  10. Senilnost sam godinama izbegavala misle i da se radi o nekom turobnom tivu o usamljenom stara kom ivotu Jo je u biblioteci stajala pored Pokojni Matija Paskal.Na kraju se ispostavilo da knjiga i jeste prili no turobna, ali da je senilnost vi e metafori ka stara ka slabost kod ljudi na izmaku zrelog doba to je 1898 o igledno padalo oko trideset pete, uzmite se, dakle, u pamet Roman prikazuje jednu kratku i od po etka prili no beznade nu vezu me u slabim i proma enim karakterima i eto Ima lepih ps [...]

  11. Vedo grigio e sento grigio Strano pens , sembrerebbe che met dell umanit esista per vivere e l altra per essere vissuta Lui, Emilio Brentani, sicuramente non esiste per vivere L uomo che non deve decidere mai L uomo che non deve agire mai L uomo che non riesce mai a uscire da s stesso e dai suoi bisogni.E infatti Che necessit c di comprendere la realt e le persone che la compongono quando c la possibilit di figurarsele a proprio piacimento Emilio ha 35 anni e la sua vita completamente ridotta ad [...]

  12. Romanzo non di facile lettura, per diversi motivi In primo luogo perch la letteratura moderna e per moderna intendo quella degli anni che stiamo vivendo , in linea di massima, ci sta pian piano disavvezzando all introspezione psicologica propriamente detta, dando la preferenza a strutture narrative pi leggere , in cui non il narratore a condurre per mano il lettore lungo la strada che egli ha scelto, bens il lettore stesso che deve decidere se soffermarsi o no ad analizzare i moventi delle azion [...]

  13. Singura reac ie pe care o po i avea citind cartea asta e OMG Nu se nt mpl mare lucru, i totu i Svevo are un sim at t de ascu it al profilului psihologic, nc t wow Senilitate se concentreaz pe personaje, dar nu pe ce se nt mpl la exterior, ci n interior Pe felul cum se nc lcesc i ele g ndurilor, pe dinamica dintre personaje, pe motiva iile aparent ascunse ale ac iunilor lor Nu a existat nici m car un singur personaj likeable n ntreg romanul, dar cu toate astea nu m am putut ab ine s nu citesc mai [...]

  14. L autore scriveva nelle sue lettere Io voglio soltanto attraverso queste pagine arrivare a capirmi meglio L abitudine mia e di tutti gli impotenti di non saper pensare che con la penna alla mano mi obbliga a questo sacrificio Il romanzo pi autobiografico di Ettore Schmitz, racconta la triste storia di esseri mediocri, incapaci, ognuno a proprio modo, di trovare uno spazio all interno della societ triestina di fine 800 Questo accade perch vittime del materialismo della societ Angiolina , o comunq [...]

  15. Es emocionante cuando encuentras a un escritor que te dice tanto Que cuenta sus historias de forma particular, y que tiene algo hermoso que agregar a algo que parece gris Italo Svevo es tremendo con sus personajes No les da tregua, y los ves vivir vidas tristes, grises, y con finales menos que felices Pero es incre ble como llega a la esencia de las cosas con tan pocas palabras, o con historias que puedes pensar que nada tienen que ver contigo En el caso de Senectud, es una historia sobre un amo [...]

  16. Italo Svevo analizeaz n acest roman o situa ie destul de tipic pentru cei lipsi i de experien i sau pentru naivi, indiferent de v rst n momentul c nd ace tia nt lnesc un partener oarecare, dar care le face ochi dulci, cad ntr un carusel de sentimente, din care nu mai pot ie i Iubesc cu patim , sufer de gelozie, nu mai recunosc niciun semn de r utate sau de rea credin , chiar dac acestea le ar fi m rturisite de prieteni apropia i La fel i eroul lui Svevo, care cade prad unei femei u uratice, Angi [...]

  17. Il rapporto instabiletra un uomo debolee una donna facile,lui influenzabileda una sorella fragilee un amico volubile

  18. One hundred and fifteen years after its original publication, Emilio s Carnival 1898 by Italo Svevo is likely to impress the contemporary reader as an antique piece Its given a self consciously melancholic man who falls in love with a much younger woman who loves mainly herself and the adoration her beauty attracts was a situation long familiar in Western literature even when Svevo offered his version The novel is saved from seeming trite by the fact that Emilio s carnal desire for Angiolina doe [...]

  19. Espectacular, y precioso, canto al amor, la soleda, la locura y la muerte, el que nos ofrece Svevo en estas p ginas.

  20. Assolutamente il degno precursore de La coscienza di Zeno Svevo mostra di aver da sempre prediletto le personalit complesse Ma non si sofferma sull unica del vero e proprio protagonista, Emilio Brentani, bens traccia il ritratto di quella debole e altruista all inverosimile della sorella e di quella forte e sicura dell amico pittore, Stefano Berni L unica personalit ad essere davvero sfuggente nel caso in cui ci si affidi completamente alle parole dell Emilio cosa di cui La coscienza di Zeno ci [...]

  21. Somewhere between 2.5 and 3 stars, I guess So, here s the thing this book had a lot of potential Even though it really hasn t a well defined plot, the introspection of the main character could have made it up to that missing The problem was that EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER except maybe for one, Elena was a total handful Everyone in this novel is just so obsessed manipulative focus on their own needs that you simply can t like anyone I really wished they all died at some point because they were all ju [...]

  22. Pi mi addentro in Svevo pi riesco ad apprezzarlo e a riconoscergli tutta la sua grandezza, perch s , proprio uno dei pi grandi scrittori italiani del 900 e forse uno dei grandi padri del romanzo moderno, quello che rompe l impianto del romanzo ottocentesco per rivolgere la propria attenzione pi che agli accadimenti che riguardano i protagonisti, alle trame che si svolgono nella mente dei personaggi.Senilit e il suo mediocre protagonista Brentani non raggiungono ancora le vette che solo pi tardi [...]

  23. You know how people talk about books that changed my life Well, I don t think books can change your life at least not in my case , but I think they can help you change your life in other words, you change your life, not the book ok, pedantic point, but still, wanted to be clear on that Well, this book, along with Buzzati s Il deserto dei Tartari helped me change my life actually, I have 2 non fiction examples that did the same, albeit in different ways Lewis Hyde s The Gift , and Norman O Brown [...]

  24. Sar che questo libro mi stato imposto, che il genere non mi piace o che mi ci voluto un secolo per leggerlo ma davvero non l ho digerito.Senilit la storia di un uomo inetto, che quando sembra essersi riscattato alla fine rimane un inetto che si lascia portare in giro da una donna volgare e crudele Ho letteralmente odiato ogni personaggio, tranne la povera Amalia ed Elena che hanno rasserenato un po la lettura, per il resto si trattato di una serie di improperi contro il protagonista, contro la s [...]

  25. Trovandomi di fronte ad un libro intitolato senilit all et di 17 anni, mi sono sentita spiazzata e al tempo stesso incuriosita Ho pensato ma come La nostra professoressa pone noi giovani studenti di fronte a un libro che tratta di senilit Incuriosita da questo fatto ho subito cominciato a leggerlo Che noia tutto ci che ho pensato dopo le prime 20 pagine Siccome leggerlo era un obbligo e non potevo semplicemente rimetterlo nella libreria classificandolo come libro da non leggere e non consigliare [...]

  26. So this is pretty much Swann In Love without the wit, the insight, or the variety an indifferent artist falls for a sensual young woman, projects all his creative longings onto her, and finds both his love and his ambition disappointed fin The characters are dull, which isn t damning in itself, but there s heron gray and there s pavement gray and this book is the latter Since the narrative isn t really in the voice of the characters and the detail and atmosphere are scant, to succeed this has t [...]

  27. Very disappointed in this book I read it based on the recommendation of J.M Coetzee in his Inner Workings Literary Essays 2000 2005 where he touted a few examples of these types of novels based on male sexual jealousy Well this one missed the mark by a long mile Actually the work is quite juvenile if taken in respect to personal experience now exceeding sixty some years I think Svevo could have perhaps achieved a bit had he thought about what he was writing and lived closer to the edge And to t [...]

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