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SUMMARY Amore e ginnastica 107 æ Mr Celzani finds himself consumingly in love with an ian gymnast with whom he shares an apartment block The machinations of their fellow inhabitants notwithstanding he finds his romantic efforts repeatedly thwarted by his beloved’s single minded focus on her rigorous physical discipline Through the intertwining of his dual thIscipline Through the intertwining of his dual themes De Amicis proposes a timeless meditation on the necessity of both balance and principl. Divertente e ironico racconto di De Amicis sorprendente per chi ha in mente il suo best seller Cuore

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Mr Celzani finds himself consumingly in love with an ian gymnast with whom he shares an apartment block The machinations of their fellow inh. A classic Italian farce from the late 1800’s But a fascinating story Our main character is a plain balding getting on middle aged guy who falls in love with a gymnastics teacher They both live in an apartment building that his uncle owns and that he helps run Almost all the action and dialog takes place in the stairway of the apartment building which Italo Calvino who finds this a “gem of a book” in his introduction says is symbolic of female anatomy The story is a classic farce as this plain old guy pursues the attractive young woman and proposes marriage to her Meanwhile the woman and her female roommate both into gymnastics are said by some to be “almost like husband and wife” While all this is going on the story is a fascinating study for academics The young woman is not just a gym teacher but a well known scholar who publishes articles in scholarly journals and makes keynote presentations at international gymnastic conferences It was a time in world history when each nation was developing its own style of gymnastics and some people seriously believed that proper gymnastics could literally cure everything from laziness to metal deficiencies The competing schools of thought the put downs of competing techniues the idolization of the latest fads and spokespersons are all there in 1892 just like at any contemporary scholarly disciplinary conference LOLA short 130 pages fun readPhoto and sketches of early physical fitness from the book at artofmanlinesscom Photo of the author from mondiit

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Amore e ginnasticaAbitants notwithstanding he finds his romantic efforts repeatedly thwarted by his beloved’s single minded focus on her rigorous physical d. Un classiue de la comédie italienne Plein d'humour et de sentiments mais dénué de tout sentimentalisme toutes les comédies romantiues devraient ressembler à ça