Book #88: Christ Stopped At Eboli

For my next book, I read Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi.

It’s Levi’s reflections on the year he spent as a political prisoner for his resistance to the Italy’s Fascist government during the Ethiopian war.

The village where Levi spent his exile seems to exist outside of time and independent of the rest of the world. There peasants live just like their ancestors did, as if they are unaware of the modern world and what’s going on outside their society.

Levi reflects a lot on what it’s like to spend a year here, where time has stopped and progress has passed it by.

Christ Stopped at Eboli is one of those books that makes you go quiet. It feels so complete, perfect, and beautiful that I don’t feel like I can say much about it.

It was a beautiful, moving reflection about time and progress and I sort of want to just let it sit and speak for itself.

Yes, this post is a bit of a cop-out. But sometimes it’s just hard to find things to say about certain books.

Rating: ****
Up Next: Fingersmith

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