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The Little Virtues
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Arcade Pub
Publication date August 1, 2013
Pages 110
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781611457971
ISBN-10 1611457971
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.30 lbs.
Original list price $13.95
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: “As far as the education of children is concerned,” states Natalia Ginzburg in this collection of her finest and best-known short essays, “I think they should be taught not the little virtues but the great ones. Not thrift but generosity and an indifference to money; not caution but courage and a contempt for danger; not shrewdness but frankness and a love of truth; not tact but a love of one’s neighbor and self-denial; not a desire for success but a desire to be and to know.” Whether she writes of the loss of a friend, Cesare Pavese; or what is inexpugnable of World War II; or the Abruzzi, where she and her first husband lived in forced residence under Fascist rule; or the importance of silence in our society; or her vocation as a writer; or even a pair of worn-out shoes, Ginzburg brings to her reflections the wisdom of a survivor and the spare, wry, and poetically resonant style her readers have come to recognize. 

“A glowing light of modern Italian literature . . . Ginzburg’s magic is the utter simplicity of her prose, suddenly illuminated by one word that makes a lightning streak of a plain phrase. . . . As direct and clean as if it were carved in stone, it yet speaks thoughts of the heart.” —The New York Times Book Review

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780805000771 Book cover for 9780856355530
 
from Seaver Books (October 1, 1986)
9780805000771 | details & prices | List price $13.95
About: "We teach our children little virtues instead of the great ones; thrift instead of generosity, caution instead of courage, shrewdness not frankness, tact rather than love.
from Carcanet Pr (August 1, 1985)
9780856355530 | details & prices | List price $14.95
About: Eleven essays typify the author's brusque, practical style and draw on her female experiences as they reflect on life after the war and assert that family warmth will provide the courage needed to face the closing century
Paperback
Book cover for 9781559700283 Book cover for 9781611457971
 
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With Dick David (other contributor) | from Arcade Pub (August 1, 2013)
9781611457971 | details & prices | 110 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $13.95
About: “As far as the education of children is concerned,” states Natalia Ginzburg in this collection of her finest and best-known short essays, “I think they should be taught not the little virtues but the great ones.
Reprint edition from Arcade Pub (October 1, 1989)
9781559700283 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $15.99
About: Book by Natalia Ginzburg

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