Tracey from A Book Sanctuary read The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani for the WWII reading challenge.  Here’s a little of what she had to say:

Whilst primarily an exploration of the narrators relationship with the Finzi-Contini family, becoming more prominent as the story enters the 1930’s is the rise of Mussolini and the racial laws and increasing restrictions placed on the Jews. As a result of this, the garden of the Finzi-Continis became a type of refuge and meeting place, many a long hot summers afternoon spent discussing literature, sipping cold Skiwasser (water, raspberry syrup, a slice of lemon and grapes) and playing tennis. The differing attitudes and responses to their impending fate are explored throughout, not really in the foreground but always there like an increasingly blackening cloud.

Read the full review here.

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