The Greatest Mayan, Italian "Romance" Books of All Time

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Romance

The Romance category of books typically involves stories that revolve around romantic relationships between two or more characters. These stories often explore themes of love, passion, and intimacy, and may include elements of drama, suspense, or humor. Romance novels can range from sweet and innocent to steamy and erotic, and may be set in a variety of time periods and locations. Overall, the Romance genre offers readers a chance to escape into a world of love and romance, where anything is possible.

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  1. 1. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni

    "The Betrothed" is a historical novel set in Lombardy, Italy during the 17th century, in the midst of political and religious turmoil. The story follows the journey of two peasants, Renzo and Lucia, who are in love and wish to marry. However, their plans are thwarted by a corrupt local baron who desires Lucia for himself, and a cowardly priest who refuses to stand up to the baron. The couple are forced to flee, facing numerous hardships and adventures, while their faith and love for each other are continually tested. The novel explores themes of love, faith, and the struggle for justice.

    The 482nd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Silk by Alessandro Baricco

    "Silk" is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of a 19th-century French silkworm merchant who travels to Japan for business. During his travels, he becomes enamored with a mysterious woman. His unrequited love for her haunts him for the rest of his life, even as he returns to France and continues his life there. The novel explores themes of love, longing, and the profound impact that brief encounters can have on one's life.

    The 1910th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Orlando Furioso by Lodovico Ariosto

    "The Orlando Furioso" is an epic poem that tells the story of Orlando, a knight who falls madly in love with a pagan princess. His unrequited love drives him to madness, causing him to abandon his knightly duties and wander aimlessly. The poem also includes various subplots involving other knights and their adventures, including battles with monsters and sorcerers, quests for magical artifacts, and romantic entanglements. The work is known for its complex structure, richly detailed descriptions, and vividly drawn characters.

    The 2242nd Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Il Piacere by Gabriele D'Annunzio

    "Il Piacere" is a novel set in late 19th century Italy that explores the life of a wealthy and hedonistic aristocrat. The protagonist is caught in a constant pursuit of pleasure, indulging in luxurious parties, love affairs, and the arts, while struggling with ennui and a sense of emptiness. His life takes a turn when he falls in love with a woman who challenges his views and lifestyle. The novel delves into themes of decadence, hedonism, and the search for meaning in life.

    The 2471st Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Bébo's Girl by Carlo Cassola

    "Bébo's Girl" is a poignant tale set in the backdrop of World War II, focusing on the relationship between a young partisan, Bebo, and Mara, a simple and innocent country girl. Their love story unfolds amidst the grim realities of war, where Bebo's commitment to his cause often conflicts with the peaceful life he desires with Mara. The narrative explores themes of love, sacrifice, and the devastating impact of war on personal lives, ultimately leading to a tragic end.

    The 2471st Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

    The novel is a poignant exploration of desire, passion, and the confusion of young love, set during a sun-drenched summer on the Italian Riviera. It follows the blossoming romantic relationship between a precocious 17-year-old boy and a visiting 24-year-old American scholar staying at his parents' villa. As they bond over literature, music, and the languid Italian landscape, their intimacy grows, leading to a deep and transformative affair that will leave an indelible mark on their lives. The story delves into the complexities of emotions and the heartache of remembering a once-in-a-lifetime connection that both defines and haunts them.

    The 6258th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Orlando Innamorato by Matteo Maria Boiardo

    The book is an epic poem that blends history, myth, and chivalric romance, recounting the adventures of its eponymous hero, Orlando, a knight of Charlemagne's court. Set against the backdrop of the war between Charlemagne's Christian paladins and the Saracen army that has invaded Europe, the narrative weaves a complex tapestry of love, valor, and enchantment. The protagonist, driven by his unrequited love for the beautiful Angelica, faces numerous trials and battles, encountering wizards, mythical creatures, and various magical artifacts. The poem is notable for its rich interplay of fantasy and reality, as well as its influence on later literature, particularly in the development of the Renaissance chivalric epic.

    The 7191st Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. Last Letters Of Jacopo Ortis by Ugo Foscolo

    The book is a poignant epistolary novel that delves into the emotional turmoil of a young Italian intellectual, torn between his passionate love for a woman and his despair over the political situation in his homeland. As he grapples with unrequited love and the loss of his country's freedom following its annexation by a foreign power, the protagonist's letters reveal his deepening melancholy and his philosophical reflections on love, death, and patriotism. The novel, rich in its exploration of human emotions and national identity, ultimately leads to a tragic conclusion, reflecting the author's own disillusionment with the political climate of his time.

    The 7191st Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. Maia by Gabriele D'Annunzio

    "Maia" is a lyrical exploration of sensuality and artistic creation, following the journey of a young poet who becomes entranced by the beauty of a woman named Maia. As the poet becomes increasingly obsessed with his muse, he delves into a world of aesthetic pleasure and poetic inspiration, seeking to capture the essence of Maia's allure through his verses. The narrative weaves a tapestry of passion and beauty, reflecting on the nature of desire and the intertwining of life and art, ultimately questioning the boundaries between reality and the ideal, and the cost of artistic obsession.

    The 7191st Greatest Book of All Time

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