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APS TOGETHER

The City and the House by Natalia Ginzburg Day 1

January 5, 2021 | pp. 1-20 (through “We will see one another next Saturday. I’ll bring Ignazio Fegiz. Egisto”)

In the first twenty pages two apartments are sold. Real estate transactions are never simple changes of ownership. Roberta asks Giuseppe: “What will you do if one fine day you decide to come back?” Giuseppe is not alone in his blunder. Ask Lear.



“He was a quiet, biddable, docile child and didn’t cause any bother.”
A footnote to Chekhov’s pistol theory: children called biddable in Part I will make or become wreckage in Part III.



In this epistolary novel, characters write letters long and short to one another. Still, there are many unsent letters, which become a refrain. The first unsent letter: Aunt Bice’s letter to Alberico is not yet posted when she dies.

Daily Reading

Day 1

January 5, 2021 | pp. 1-20 (through “We will see one another next Saturday. I’ll bring Ignazio Fegiz. Egisto”)

Day 2

January 6, 2021 | pp. 21-38 (through “…their system has broken down. Egisto”)

Day 3

January 7, 2021 | pp. 39-57 (through “And this made me very upset and worried. Giuseppe”)

Day 4

January 8, 2021 | pp. 58-70 (through “…we are just piling up pointless details. Giuseppe”)

Day 5

January 9, 2021 | pp. 71-87 (through “I shall come to collect the keys. Alberico”)

Day 6

January 10, 2021 | pp. 88-107 (through “…but perhaps he’ll write to you one day. Lucrezia")

Day 7

January 11, 2021 | pp. 108-130 (through “Let me know if you are still sleeping in the room with the bear-cubs. Lucrezia”)

Day 8

January 12, 2021 | pp 131-150 (through “You’ll meet Anais. Egisto”)

Day 9

January 13, 2021 | pp. 229-247 (through “with love from your father.”)

Day 10

January 14, 2021 | pp. 171-191 (through “…in which your future is fated and all mapped out for you. Egisto.”)

Day 11

January 15, 2021 | pp. 192-211 (through “Send me your news. Giuseppe”)

Day 12

January 16, 2021 | pp. 212-228 (through “I buy black underpants so that I won’t have to wash them so often.”)

Day 13

January 17, 2021 | pp. 229-247 (through “I buy black underpants so that I won’t have to wash them so often.”)

Day 14

January 18, 2021 | pp. 248-265 (through “…and anyway she doesn’t like children. Yours, Giuseppe)

Day 15

January 19, 2021 | pp. 248-265 (through “…and anyway she doesn’t like children. Yours, Giuseppe)

Day 16

January 20, 2021 | pp. 286-303 (end)


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