Title: In Calabria
Author: Peter S. Beagle
Genre: Fantasy (adult)
Published: By Tachyon Publications on January 16th, 2017
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
(adapted from Goodreads)
Claudio Bianchi has lived alone for many years on a hillside in Southern Italy’s scenic Calabria. Set in his ways and suspicious of outsiders, Claudio has always resisted change, preferring farming and writing poetry. But one chilly morning, as though from a dream, an impossible visitor appears at the farm. When Claudio comes to her aid, an act of kindness throws his world into chaos. Suddenly he must stave off inquisitive onlookers, invasive media, and even more sinister influences.
Note: I received an e-copy of this book via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.
It’s a simple narrative, but at the same time comes off as deep and profound. Maybe it is because of the snatches of poetry and the thoughts of the farmer Claudio Bianchi, or the quiet majestic presence of the immortal unicorn. I went into this book without having read any of Peter S. Beagle’s earlier works, but I’d definitely heard of them. Being such a celebrated author in the circles of fantasy literature, I think I expected a lot more than what the book offered me.
I’d recommend this book first and foremost to animal lovers, those who enjoy good writing and readers of fantasy looking for a tale that is off the beaten path.
In terms of the music, rustic country or folk music would be the perfect accompaniment.
It is best digested with a cup of warm tea and a hint of oregano or Italian basil in the food, so use this is an excuse to gorge on pastas.