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Giovanni Arpino „Scent of a woman”

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Late evening, in an airport, due to a delayed flight, tired of reading and writing reports, my eyes sought something lighter for my soul.51gI7b3iSyL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_

A modest bookshop there offered a small selection of books. My eyes lay on „Woman’s perfume” by Giovanni Arpino. I knew the movie based on this book brought Al Pacino a Oscar.

It’s a book for those who try to understand complex characters. It was not a light reading. Fausto, a retired blind and disable captain, travels every summer to Italy. He gets a soldier from his commandment to accompany him on a short trip. A volunteer who soon regretted his generosity. He is face to face with a man who tries to run away from the true self. His discourses are bullets charged with his own internal pain. The soldier’s aim is to help a blind, but he ends up with eye-opening experiences. Fausto was looking for self-destruction and finds love.  A young lady whose undivided devotion enlightened the darkest corners of Fausto’s personality.

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