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Including conversations with God.

To listen to The Little World of Don Camillo is to travel to the valley of the River Po, Italy's widest and most fertile plain, with its unique atmosphere, culture, and natural history. It is to do so in the incomparable company of a cast of fictional characters who testify to the exquisite humor and humanity of their creator.    

In the Little World, eternal forces grapple with the absurd drama of everyday life, and hilarious and unearthly things can happen.    

If you keep this in mind, you will have no difficulty in getting to know the hotheaded village priest, Don Camillo, and the equally pugnacious Communist mayor, Peppone. Nor will you be surprised when a third person watches the goings-on from a big cross in the village church, and not infrequently intercedes....    

In story after story, Don Camillo and Peppone confront each other, sometimes in a serious and violent manner. But when the priest unburdens himself in the village church, a voice from above the high altar responds, and Don Camillo’s conversations with God begin.    

Shrewd, insightful, compassionate, and gently humorous, the good Lord leads the stubborn priest to discover the inner man beneath the politics and prejudice so that eventually, and to the great benefit of the local community, he and Peppone can, however begrudgingly, develop respect for one another.    

It is then we see the ideas and values of Don Camillo's little world are true for all times, the world over....  

In this new, authorized edition of Giovanni Guareschi's enchanting classic, 19 stories never before translated into English are published for the first time. The Little World of Don Camillo has been enjoyed by millions of folk from 10 to 100, not only as a book, but on film, TV, and radio, and now as an audiobook.   

©1951, 2013 Giovannino Guareschi (P)2018 Pilot Promotions

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"You'll find Don Camillo not just enchanting and lovable, and at times hilariously funny, but also strangely moving in his simple but certain faith." (BBC Radio, Books by the Fire)  

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  • Mark
  • 06-02-18

A meaningful read

There are a number of good reasons for listening to these Don Camillo stories. They are well written, they are funny but what is more interesting is that the theology they teach perhaps gives much more meaning than is taught by recognised theologians. This might be hinted at by the invitation given in 1959 by Pope John XXXIII to Guareschi, the author of the stories, to help rewrite the catechism of the Roman Catholic Church, an invitation that he, regrettably, declined.

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  • Michael
  • 10-19-18

One of the best books of all time!

One of those rare magical books that everyone should read but sadly not all will discover. I can't recommend it enough. It's pure magic.