Friday, 4th. There had been but two days of vacation, yet it seemed to me as though I had been a long time without seeing Garrone. The more I know him, the better I like him; and so it is with all the rest, except with the overbearing, who have nothing to say to him, because he does not permit them to exhibit their oppression. His father is an engine-driver on the railway; he has begun school late, because he was ill for two years.
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The entire chronological setting corresponds to the third-grade season of Enrico says it has been four years since death of Victor Emmanuel II , king of Italy, and the succession by Umberto I , and also tells about the death of Giuseppe Garibaldi , which happened in As well as his teacher who assigns him with homework that deals with several different stories of children throughout the Italian states who should be seen as role models — these stories are then given in the book as Enrico comes upon reading them.
Every story revolves around a different moral value, the most prominent of which are helping those in need, having great love and respect for family and friends, and patriotism. Bottini family[ edit ] Enrico Bottini: Narrator and main character. Average student who is keen to learn things and meet people in his classroom. Stern yet loving. He works as an engineer. Traditional homemaker, loving yet tough.
She also cares for him and his studies, once selflessly foregoing going out with girlfriends to take care of him while he was sick in bed. He is the youngest boy in the class. Despite his prowess, he is humble and not haughty. Garrone: Friendly tough guy. He protects his weak classmates Nelli and Crossi, and as the oldest boy in the class is the de facto enforcer. Pietro Precossi: Son of a blacksmith who beats him. At one point his father stops beating him and studies enthusiastically enough to earn the runner-up medal in the class.
Carlo Nobis: Haughty because his parents are rich. However, his father forces him to apologize to Betti when Carlo insults Betti and his coal miner father. Betti: Son of a coal miner. Votini: Top contender to the top medal, at one point others make light of his envy of Derossi. Crossi: A red-head with a paralyzed arm.
Often victim of bullies. Nelli: Hunchbacked and also bullied because of it. Garrone becomes his protector. Coraci: Dark-skinned boy from Calabria , in the south of Italy. Garoffi: Son of a pharmacist, he deals on toys and trading cards on the side whenever he can. Franti: Bad student, all-around jerk who bothers people, hates learning and his classmates and teacher, and laughs at sad situations.
He has been expelled from another school before and is expelled from the school after he lights a firecracker that causes a huge explosion. Teachers[ edit ] Mr.
Perboni: The teacher. A kindly and affable man who rarely gets angry, but who is stern with his students when they do wrong.
He is a lifelong bachelor who considers his students his family. The book was very popular in Latin countries, such as Mexico, among young boys and girls in the s and s. In , Umberto Eco published Elogio di Franti In Praise of Franti viewing Franti, the "bad boy" of the novel, as a figure of resistance against militarist and nationalist ideology.
One of the stories, "From the Apennines to the Andes," became the basis of the anime series Leagues in Search of Mother. The series consisted of 52 episodes and was broadcast in the World Masterpiece Theatre. The whole series was viewable in many different languages, and became popular all over the world. In conclusion to the series, a movie was released in that was later remade, also as a feature film, released in This series was also broadcast on Italian TV as Cuore.
In , a television miniseries based on the novel was produced by RAI and directed by Luigi Comencini.
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Early career[ edit ] Born in Oneglia today part of the city of Imperia , he went to the Military Academy of Modena , and became an Army officer in the new Kingdom of Italy. De Amicis fought in the battle of Custoza during the Third Independence War , a defeat of Savoy forces against the Austrian Empire ; the spectacle left him disappointed, and contributed to his later decision to leave military life. In , he joined the staff of the journal La Nazione in Rome , and his correspondence at the time later served as base for his travel writings: Spagna , Olanda , Ricordi di Londra , Marocco , Constantinople , Ricordi di Parigi A new edition of Costantinople, considered by many his masterpiece and the best description of the city in the 19th century, was published in , with a foreword by Umberto Eco. Its success was immense: in a few months it was printed in 40 Italian editions and translated into dozens of languages. In , he adhered to the Italian Socialist Party.
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