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The City and the House by Natalia Ginzburg Day 2

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

Quintessential Ginzburg, stories told slantingly: Lucrezia narrates her life—births, deaths, affairs, breakups—dryly in a letter to Giuseppe. From Albina’s letter we learn that Lucrezia locks herself in her room to write him, not taking care of her children’s meal.



“I fall in love easily… Perhaps waiting so anxiously made me fall in love with him… He was just very kind and I fell in love with him.”
It takes a special kind of talent not only to fall in love easily but to articulate the illogic of falling in love.



There are letters by post, hand-delivered letters, letters brought over by intermediaries (and read by them), and letters unsent yet described in letters—Albina’s torn-up love letters to Giuseppe, for instance. This is one of the most epistolary novels.

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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