A reader doesn't read the 'Italian Pleasures;' rather, the reader is ravished by them, drawn into a world of debauchery, pleasure, rare and mostly bygone aesthetics and noble ideals in a timeless yet undeniably contemporary account of the fictional Gabriele Paterkallos, set mostly ...in Italy though he does write of and from other locations. Maneos's book is a a supposedly stolen collection of letters written by the…Continue
If you are a Romantic I implore you to read this novella. Pietros Maneos will transport you into a world where beauty, and the pursuit of values, are transparently, heroically, portrayed. There is a secret at the heart of this lovingly told tale, wrapped in the arms of gorgeous prose.
When I read this novella, I was saddened that it had to end. I had gotten to know Gabrielle Paterkallos intimately. The skill with which Pietros Maneos tells a story through letters, is a portend of…
This novella is a joy to read. It intertwines beautiful writing ("Tonight the moon looks like a hammock of hammered gold brushed with ashen silver"), humor and humanity in a very clever way. The story unfolds via a series of letters that the main character of the novella, Gabriele Paterkallos, writes to his dear friend, Odysseus Pane. Gabriele is an interesting character, a dreamer, a romantic poet living in Rome. He takes the reader on a journey of discovery, telling tales of his passions,…Continue
Gabriele, a lover of both fiery passion and elegant beauty, is a character to be celebrated. The novella itself is a masterpiece to be celebrated. Maneos takes an empty canvas and transforms it into something unrecognizable with his alliterative words, wondrous metaphors, and his general appreciation of beauty. The character of Gabriele is both charming and witty. Passion and beauty may be dead in a mundane world, but they are very much alive in Gabriele's world. These personal letters…Continue