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READ PDF ⛓ The Road to Damietta î A beautiful retelling of a high spirited young man s transformation into Saint Francis of Assisi, told through the eyes of the girl who loved him with all her heart For those readers who were surprised at the cover not being so innocent, its good to remember that Scott O Dell himself did not think of himself as a writer of children s books When I was in college doing research on this author for my children s literature class, my research actually said that he thought of himself as a writer of novels which children just happen to read I think this is a distinct difference worth remembering After all, how many books for children mention orgies Ricca says For those readers who were surprised at the cover not being so innocent, its good to remember that Scott O Dell himself did not think of himself as a writer of children s books When I was in college doing research on this author for my children s literature class, my research actually said that he thought of himself as a writer of novels which children just happen to read I think this is a distinct difference worth remembering After all, how many books for children mention orgies Ricca says I saw none of the orgy, it being described by my brother and belly dancing in which the naked woman strips off her seven veils I ve always thought this book was excellent I first read it as a teenager, and even though at 33 I read other books for people my own age, I do come back to this one as a good, short reread every now and again Yes, this is a coming of age story and the fact that Ricca s almost undying love of Francis threatens to make her an unreliable narrator, the narration actually is pretty reliable and refreshing I won t give away anythan that but I do think this book is worth reading, especially if you are a Scott O Dell fan I think I was eleven or twelve when I read THE ROAD TO DAMIETTA for the first time I was in the middle of a serious Sarah Bishop, The Serpent Never Sleeps, Review in English Rese a en Espa olI must have reread this book easily four or five times during my teenage years, and I remember I loved it the setting, the description of Medieval Italy, the undying love of a young girl, and the change of a mundane man to a saint Saint Francis of Assisi himself, no less I recall that I loved going back to this book especially during winter while listening to Italian singers and just being transported to the European countryside while getting lost in a Review in English Rese a en Espa olI must have reread this book easily four or five times during my teenage years, and I remember I loved it the setting, the description of Medieval Italy, the undying love of a young girl, and the change of a mundane man to a saint Saint Francis of Assisi himself, no less I recall that I loved going back to this book especially during winter while listening to Italian singers and just being transported to the European countryside while getting lost in a hopeless love story but which seemed so passionate to me However, this rereading experience has left me a bitter sweet feeling I thought I would love the story again but was surprised because first, I had forgotten SO MANY DETAILS and things that I felt I was reading it for the first time Sure, the premise was on my mind the story of Ricca di Montaro, a 13 year old girl who is in love with Francis Bernardone, a rich young man who will eventually become Saint Francis and who is also best friend with Claire de Scifi, who will also become a saint I remembered Raul de los Santos, Ricca s tutor, who tried to guide the stubborn girl and taught her beautiful calligraphy And that was about it none of the adventures the characters lived in Assisi, Venice, or Damietta where on my mind But above all this time I felt different I couldn t really sympathize with Ricca which, 15 years later after I first met her, seems to me a selfish, reckless, stupid girl Honestly I hated her arrogance upon seeing a holy man and just been able to thing that her best friend had followed him because she wanted to be her lover Also, thinking of 13th century Italy I really cannot believe a girl would be able to challenge her family the way she did She d probably had been locked up in a convent without any right to leave again had she been so careless at showing her passion for a man And then she was just 13 Ok as teenagers we are crazy and all but once again, thinking of the historical context, I just couldn t be convinced I will always remember fondly Scott O Dells fiction because of the time when I read his books I forced my parents to buy me most of the books available by this author and then I binged on them like crazy during my teenage years I think the memory of my reading experience is something I won t forget, but I definitely think that I grew past this particular book as obviously I am not the kind of reader who was the target audience.Hace muchos, muchos a os, durante mi adolescencia, en mi clase de ingl s descubr a este autor, Scott O Dell y obligu a mis padres a comprarme todos los libros disponibles, que luego le y rele desaforadamente durante mis solitarias tardes de aquella poca Ahora que lo pienso, la mayor a de los personajes de O Dell son muy j venes adolescentes pr cticamente De este libro en particular, recuerdo haberlo le do unas cuatro o cinco veces y quiz fuera mi preferido de O Dell el contexto hist rico, la descripci n de la Italia Medieval, el amor de una joven por un hombre que eventualmente se convertir a en San Francisco de As s todo me fascinaba Recuerdo que los fines de semana me encerraba en el cuarto con esta novela y pon a de m sica de fondo cantantes italianos para acompa ar el enamoramiento desaforado de Ricca de Montaro, y sufrir cuando eventualmente no quedaba junto a Francisco.Sin embargo, esta relectura me ha dejado una experiencia un tanto amarga, pues pens que al releerla, volver a a disfrutarla mucho y la realidad es que no era como lo recordaba Para empezar, me sorprende que pr cticamente HAB A OLVIDADO TODO LO QUE PAS Recordaba la trama, el enamoramiento de Ricca, la transformaci n del joven Bernardone en San Francisco, la amistad entre Ricca y Clara de Scifi eventualmente Clara de As s , al tutor espa ol de la protagonista, Raul de los Santos, los rechazos y la desilusi n pero b sicamente eso era todo, cada escena, y cada cap tulo en cuanto a la trama me pareci totalmente nuevo no recordaba nada en particular de los hechos ni en As s, ni Venecia ni mucho menos cuando van a Damietta para intentar evitar la cruzada Pero m s all de no recordar los detalles, esta vez la experiencia fue diferente principalmente porque no pude tener empat a o identificarme con Ricca, la protagonista Esta vez me preci una chica necia, altanera, INSOPORTABLE Una cosa es tener un enamoramiento cuando adolescente y otra comportarse con tanta necedad ante lo imposible Honestamente odi su soberbia, pensando que podr a convencer a un hombre santo de tomar placeres mundanos, y el rencor que le guardaba a Clare, pensando que s lo hab a tomado los h bitos para estar cerca de San Francisco Adem s, y a reserva de no ser una experta en la Italia del siglo XIII, me parece que una chica con la personalidad de la protagonista, simplemente no hubiera podido existir no podr a desafiar a sus padres y seguir como si nada, sin consecuencias Si bien tiene una breve estancia en un convento, lo cierto es que nunca dej de desafiar a sus padres Creo que una chica as , de haber existido, hubiera sido enviada a un convento de clausura y listo En definitiva, no soy la misma persona que hace 15 a os ley esta historia y probablemente crec m s que la protagonista, dejando de ser el lector objetivo de este tipo de libros Sin embargo, creo que conservar un buen recuerdo de los libros de Scott O Dell por lo que en su momento la experiencia de la lectura represent para m , hace muchos a os en los fr os inviernos de Chihuahua Not really a favorite The character was not really likeable While the author tried to portray Saint Francis as people around him viewed him silly and ridiculous or one to be worshipped , and hisdevoted side through the eyes of Ricca, I didnt really feel I k ewabout this man than my history books told me I did come away with a better understanding of the church times and crusades, but again, it felt over sexualized as this young girl fantasies over Saint Francis This is a young a Not really a favorite The character was not really likeable While the author tried to portray Saint Francis as people around him viewed him silly and ridiculous or one to be worshipped , and hisdevoted side through the eyes of Ricca, I didnt really feel I k ewabout this man than my history books told me I did come away with a better understanding of the church times and crusades, but again, it felt over sexualized as this young girl fantasies over Saint Francis This is a young adult and should be used as such Alas, just not what I was hoping The end felt way to much like the ending of Gone With The Wind And so my final thought will be similarly frankly, I just dont give a da , but I will stop there.ETA theI reflect on this, I do see it with a similarly written plot as Thackeray s Vanity Fair or Mitchell s Gone With the Wind Ricca has a sweet friend, Clare who also follows after the devout Assisi, while the studious and loyal tutor offers Ricca love and marriage This book is filled withsexuality theI thought about it If you are a religious person seeking biographies to fit your library, this probably should be preread Ricca drops all her clothes publically after seeing herself as Eve to Francis Some man fiddles her breast Just stuff that parents should be aware of