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Barga Book Club: The Prague Cemetery

Barga Book Club: The Prague Cemetery

Is it satire, is it postmodern irony? Is it to be taken seriously?

On a cold January evening just days before merely 300 survivors and a few thousand others gathered at the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps in Poland to commemorate its liberation 70 years ago by Soviet troops in the last months of WWII, the Barga Book Club met to discuss The Prague Cemetery by Umberto […]

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Barga Book Club: Dombey and Son

Barga Book Club: Dombey and Son

A small group of Book Club members met on Thursday to discuss Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens.

The narrative is set primarily in London with side trips to Brighton. The main character is a wealthy Bank owner and the story opens as his first wife dies after bearing his much desired son and the only heir he recognizes although they also have a daughter, whom he all but ignores throughout her life. […]

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Barga Book Club: Canada, etc.

Barga Book Club: Canada, etc.

On a chilly but star filled autumn evening a surprising and gratifying number of book club members and esteemed guest gathered at the warm, lovely, contemporary and Art filled home in Tiglio to discuss the novel Canada, by Richard Ford. The meal was magnificent as always. The story is told by the twin son of […]

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Barga Book Club – Stoner

Barga Book Club – Stoner

John Williams’ Stoner is the story of a failure which has found posthumous success 49 years after first publication and 20 years after its author’s death.

With a warm fire in the fireplace to cut the slight chill of the late April evening, home made sausage rolls, lasagna and quiche on the table, The Book Club gathered at Margaret’s to discuss Stoner by John Williams.A survey of great American novelists and dramatists of the early to mid-20th century from Fitzgerald, through […]

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Barga Book Club – Memoirs of a Survivor

Barga Book Club – Memoirs of a Survivor

Doris Lessing's book is a darkly visionary novel set in the not-so-distant future when men, women, and even young children are fighting for survival in a world that is swiftly falling apart. Mrs. Lessing calls this book "an attempt at autobiography," but it is also a fable, a magical tale describing the charged emotional atmosphere a few years from now, when barbarism is the norm and each of us has to struggle to survive.

On a cool evening in late March members of the Barga Book Club stepped into the warm elegant contemporary interior of an ancient stone farmhouse in Tiglio Basso not itself untouched by the winter’s travails, but, a distinct promise of spring was in the air this night as we enjoyed the international flavors of chili […]

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The Gathering – Barga Book Club

The Gathering – Barga Book Club

The Gathering is the fourth novel by Irish author Anne Enright. It won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, eventually chosen unanimously by the jury after having largely been considered an outsider to win the prize.

The members of the Barga Book Club met on Thursday in the serene interior of the one home seemingly untouched by this winter’s liquid destruction or personal hardship. We could leave our troubles outside inasmuch as possible. As usual we were sublimely hosted and treated to a luscious meal provided by those present with even […]

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Investment and stimulating the repopulation of this area

Investment and stimulating the repopulation of this area

A response to the meeting which was held in the Teatro dei Differenti on Saturday March 1, 2014, in which was proposed an initiative to repopulate and reinvigorate the countryside in an effort to maintain it, including the roads and waterways.

A list of random names? Hardly. In addition to the revered local family names, these are some of the family names of property owners,many of them permanent residents, of the six kilometre area between the fork at Pegnana/Tiglio through Tiglio Basso/Filecchio to the border of Barga/Coreglia at La Ferriera. Yell, Tidey, Dodds, Campbell, Hopkins, Dahme, O’Brian/Fentimen, Blair/Horvath, Diamond, Wilson, Brinks, Parker, Cutler, van Oost, Bell/Messina From before the […]

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Local heroes

Local heroes

Barga and the Union of Serchio Valley Communities are responsible for this transit road but with all of the landslides in the area have not been able to address this essential road adequately. The locals have stepped into the breach and taken steps to make sure the road is drivable.

The weather has been atrocious, and there’s nothing we can do about it. What we can and have done though is help the community cope by doing what we can. The beautiful mountains surrounding the small Tuscan city of Barga are porous and underlaid with aquifer which provide the delicious drinking water we enjoy and […]

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An ill considered solution?

An ill considered solution?

After a barrage of damage due to weather related phenomena, natural disasters due to earth quakes, a stalled economy, an elevated cost of living, which even at the most basic level has spun out of control when a litre carton of milk in recent years has gone from €1,19 to €1,69, all recognise that these […]

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Barga Book Club – The Red House

Barga Book Club – The Red House

Following on his successful novels A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and A Spot of Bother, some readers were disappointed with this story of an extended family thrown together on holiday and its queer dysfunctionality.

The Barga Book Club met on Wednesday in Albiano at the home of Anne and Rigo Capanni, still here processing their large olive harvest. The home reminded some of a welcoming gem like crofters dwelling or perhaps the gamekeepers cottage, from our recently reviewed selection Lady Chatterly’s Lover, equally hearth warmed, cozy and romantic and […]

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Landslides on the road from Barga through Tiglio to Coreglia

Landslides on the road from Barga through Tiglio to Coreglia

more damage up on the hillsides above Barga

The torrential rains have taken their toll on the road that leads from Barga through Tiglio to Coreglia Antelminelli. From Barga to the apex at the Torrente Ania there is at least one serious landslide which has taken the hillside from below the road, and another that has blocked the roadbed from above. On the Coreglia side there are […]

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Barga Book Club – The Deadly Sisterhood

Barga Book Club – The Deadly Sisterhood

As the sun set for a few members of the Barga Book Club on a balmy mid October evening, we enjoyed a simple repast and discussed The Deadly Sisterhood, A Story of Women, Power and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance, by Leonie Frieda. While one journalist reviewed it under the title of ‘Italy’s tiger mothers,’ […]

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