The Late Mattia Pascal

Narrated by: Mel Jackson
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Late Mattia Pascal (Italian: Il fu Mattia Pascal ) is a 1904 novel by Luigi Pirandello. It is one of his best-known works and was his first major treatment of the paradox “form/life”. The narrator-protagonist is a young Italian man who, after his father’s death, sees his family ruined by a mean swindler, the man who was supposed to help them. 

Mattia finds himself in a miserable social condition. He feels that his promising youth has vanished into a dreary dead-end job and a unhappy marriage: His wife doesn’t love him; his mother-in-law, with whom he lives, hates him. So Mattia leaves to Monte Carlo, where he wins a lot of money in a casino. 

On the train back, after 12 days, he learns on reading a newspaper that, in his villages, everybody thinks he is dead. An unrecognizable body has been found in his well. Incredible! He has a second chance to begin a new life. But it’s not easy to get it done. He escapes from his “form” and his “shape”, a sort of social identity that reveals to be a cage, and tries to begin a new life without any social identity but...

©2018 Martin Laredo Publishers (P)2018 Marcello Bettoni

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Serious pronunciation issues

Mel Jackson did not even bother learning how to pronounce the name of the author, Luigi Pirandello. The introduction is a sad preamble into a narrative disaster. Shambled versions of character names pervade the entire reading of a literary treasure, resulting in a performance which takes the reader out of the fiction and wandering who the narrator is talking about. A real shame.

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A brilliant, tragi-comic existentialist examination! An enjoyable and thought-provoking commentary on the human condition, identity, art, and life, death and what lies in between.

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Very Well-Written

A very good book for those of us that care about The Late Mattia Pascal. I highly recommend this book.

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A Must-Have Audio Book

This is a novel that attracts your attention and makes you try to continue listening to until the end in the shortest span of time. I can say that I am pleased to have read it and recommend it to you if you are a lover of good literature.

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Wonderful book ... vocabulary is way above me, but I'm learning from it! It is definitely good.

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A Well Formed Book

Anyone who wants to listen to quality literature, should start with this book because it is a Pirandellian essence of which one should not forget and run the risk of not reading it by forgetting. buy for those who read Italian or in another language for the value of the author.

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Mattia Pascal is a novel that attracts your attention and makes you try to continue reading until the end in the shortest span of time. I can say that I am pleased to have read it and recommend it to you if you are a lover of good literature.

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Loved It

The late Mattia Pascal is an attractive novel that makes reading continue until the end in the shortest possible time. I can say that I liked reading it and I recommend it if you are a lover of good reading.

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A Great Book

This is an excellent novel, and not only is the content superb, this edition is an absolute pleasure to read. The pages are extremely smooth and the paper is of great quality. It was a true pleasure reading this book.

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The Late Mattia Pascal

The author is best known for his plays, but he wrote some excellent short stories, and also novels, such as this comic masterpiece, It's not as modernist as his plays, but the writing is fast, crisp and witty, with some genuinely intriguing characters. I really enjoyed it, and was glad to have discovered it in this excellent translation.

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Terrible reading, 5-star reviews are fake

The narrator has no idea how to pronounce several quite common words: one particularly egregious example is that he pronounces “conspicuous” as “con-SPISH-us”, multiple times through the novel, but he butchers the pronunciations of many other words too. “Vis-à-vis” is pronounced “viss-a-viss”. It also seems as though he can’t read ahead more than a few words after where he’s speaking, and has not even skimmed the book before reading it, as his pacing is so awkward it makes some phrases difficult to understand. He finishes almost every sentence twice: once at the real end of the sentence, and one halfway through. He only sometimes attempts to give different characters different voices, so it’s usually very difficult to tell which character is talking during dialogue, and the fact that he is a terrible voice actor does not help matters. On one occasion, he only decides to give a character a different voice only after about two sentences into their speech. I’m sure I could continue to report on where the narrator fails (e.g. the most baffling error, where at a point halfway through the book, where he reads out a copyright statement which I suppose may have been on the page if he was reasoned from an electronic copy of the book) but the note I want to end this review on is to point out how suspiciously free of any specific praise or criticism all other reviews of this book are. Audible needs to do a better job of screen out these clearly fake reviews - some have virtually identical text, which contains nothing specific about the book; some only include a lightly rewritten copy of the blurb or what looks like the first paragraph of the Wikipedia entry to Pirandello. I wish I could have spent this review discussing the book itself, which is really quite good, however I would rather warn others against buying this edition of the audio book.

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