The Eight Mountains

The Eight Mountains

Author(s): Paolo Cognetti

Location(s): Italian Alps

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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The international sensation about two young Italian boys from different backgrounds who meet in the mountains every summer, and the men they grow to become.

Pietro, a lonely city boy, spends his childhood summers in a secluded valley in the Alps. Bruno, the cowherd son of a local stonemason, knows the mountains intimately. Together they spend many summers exploring the mountains’ meadows and peaks, discovering the similarities and differences in their lives. As time passes, the two boys come to find the true meaning of friendship and camaraderie even as their paths diverge, Bruno’s in the mountains and Pietro’s in cities across the globe.

A modern Italian masterpiece, The Eight Mountains is a lyrical coming-of-age story spanning three decades; a novel about the power of male friendships and a meditation on loyalty, being in nature, and finding one’s place in the world.

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Book Reviews

Lead Review

Author: tripfiction

The majestic mountains of the Italian Alps, around the Monte Rosa massif, form the constant backdrop to this quietly unassuming novel that has already garnered plenty of praise and won several prizes (The English...

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