Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An Italian Obsession by Kfir Luzzatto - Review

AIO New CoverIn the lax atmosphere of middle-class post-war Italy, sex and drugs are easy to come by. Roberto tries to find his own balance, but a crush he had for Alessandra in elementary school is reignited and the course of his life is changed forever. Love, Sex And Betrayal It's the 1970’s, a time of political upheaval driven by disillusioned young people. Roberto is caught up in the times. He makes a new start, but his past catches up with him. Finding himself accused of a crime, he must defend himself even when he isn't sure he committed it. A new adult novel that will grab you and won't let you go.

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My Thoughts: An Italian Obsession is a very wild ride. There is a love story, but there is so much more. The book read a lot like a memoir to me, in the sense that it was more telling than showing.

The story is told by Roberto and his insights as he told it were interesting, if a bit troubling at times. The other characters were all touched on but none really had a lot of depth for me. It wasn't necessary for this story, but I occasionally wondered about characters. Roberto was very in depth, and I liked the journey he took through his past.

This book was shocking and nothing I expected. It is not exactly what I am used to from a book, but I still had to keep reading. I felt pulled to find out what could possibly happen next. I loved the look into life in the 1970s, and how people lived in Italy then. I think this book will interest people who enjoy a bit of a psychological mystery with a slightly twisted love story.


Meet the Author:

Kfir was born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. He acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S. soldier and WWII veteran, a voracious reader and a prolific writer. With a PhD in chemical engineering and a long family history that he needs to live up to, Kfir work as a patent attorney and heads the patent law firm that was established by his great-grandfather in Milan, Italy, in 1869. Kfir lives in Omer, Israel, with his full-time partner, Esther, their four children, Michal, Lilach, Tamar and Yonatan, and the dog Elvis. Writing has always been Kfir's passion and for almost four years he wrote a weekly "Patents" column in Globes (Israel’s financial newspaper), which also yielded his only (if he can help it) non-fiction book, THE WORLD OF PATENTS, (a not-so-boring tale of what patents are about, in Hebrew), which was published in 2002 by Globes Press. Kfir loves writing short stories but has too many novels waiting to be written (and possibly not enough years ahead of him to write them all), so now he mostly writes full-length fiction. His other passion is working with other authors on stories he loves and that's how he wound up serving on the editorial board of The Harrow Press as Anthology Editor. You can read about Kfir's books here. He loves them all, but never had greater fun than when working on “HAVE BOOK WILL TRAVEL”, a YA fantasy that he wrote together with his son, Yonatan. Follow on Twitter: @KfirLuzzatto Find Kfir on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kfir.luzzatto Kfir's Blog: Click HERE Kfir's Amazon.com page: HERE Kfir's Goodreads page: HERE Kfir's Smashwords page: HERE Kfir's Literary Addicts page: HERE

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