...a poignant and often lyrical exploration of the past, enriched by the subtleties of Pratolini’s psychological observations.... It is fictional autobiography at its most intimate...a conversation with the hidden, most emotional parts of one’s self. Family Chronicle is a celebrated book in Italy and merits wider readership abroad as well. Recommended. (Choice)
This is a powerful and moving account that slowly seduces: by the time the reader turns the last page he cares very much about the fates of these people.... Martha King’s...mellifluous renderings are a joy. (Small Press Review)
“Pratolini’s gift is that he is a rememberer. His prose has the immediacy of old photographs: we feel the authenticity of every line.” (John Hersey)
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