DON CAMILLO TAKES THE DEVIL BY THE TAIL by Giovanni Guareschi

DON CAMILLO TAKES THE DEVIL BY THE TAIL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

He certainly does, and the battle between Don Camillo, the giant priest of his village in the Valley of the Po, uses every trick in the bag to outwit, outthink, outperform in the contest with his friend and enemy, the Red Mayor, Peppone. Again Guareschi manages to make the duel highly entertaining reading, whether they are outdoing each other in piety (as in the restoration of the status Don Camillo had laboriously disposed of, or in their battle for adherence as when politics and religion got in the way of true love.) The saving grace was that both men loved their village- and both had fundamental respect- and a measure of affection- the one for the other, and most of their battles ended in compromise, or a fairly even score of victories, with the balance perhaps slightly on the side of the angels.

Pub Date: May 23rd, 1957
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy