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The City and the House by Natalia Ginzburg Day 3

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

“At a certain point in our lives everything we see for the first time is external to us.”
Is being a permanent tourist so intolerable a fate? Perhaps so, though there must be something intolerable in every role for Giuseppe, whose ego is like an oversized, unhatchable egg.



“How could I have protected you when I myself have such a need to be protected?” Giuseppe’s words echo the devastating final line of “Car Crash While Hitchhiking” by Denis Johnson: “And you, you ridiculous people, you expect me to help you.”



“I kissed him on his beard. He is taller than I am and I had to stand on tiptoe.” For a father who has little affection for his son, this paternal kiss, carried on tiptoe, leaves a lasting imprint on a reader’s mind.

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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