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Sensual, earthy love poems that formed the basis for the popular movie Il Postino, now in a beautiful gift book perfect for weddings, Valentine's Day, anniversaries, or just to say "I love you!"

Charged with sensuality and passion, Pablo Neruda's love poems are the most celebrated of the Nobel Prize winner's oeuvre, captivating listeners with earthbound images and reveling in a fiery reimagining of the world. Mostly written on the island paradise of Capri (the idyllic setting of the Oscar-winning movie Il Postino), Love Poems embraces the seascapes surrounding the poet and his love, Matilde Urrutia, their waves and shores saturated with a new, yearning eroticism.

©2016 Pablo Neruda (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Durán exceptional as voice of Neruda

I haven't ventured into poetry before, apart from a bit of Shakespeare, but this is awesome & was a great place to start. It's beautiful, often heart-melting and occasionally very funny (check out The Insect). It's a very accessible introduction to poetry from the pen of a Nobel Laureate.

I have no idea how one translates poetry into another language while retaining the meaning, the meter and the rhyme. Donald D Walsh has worked a kind of magic here.

Meanwhile Durán's performance is outstanding. His understanding of the flow of each poem makes it easy for a first time reader to consume and he's an absolute pleasure to listen to. As much as Neruda's writing & Walsh's translation, Durán makes this collection an unforgettable joy.

I'm definitely going to re-read this again, more than once.

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