A Book Review - and Christmas Gift Idea - from Alessandro Ulivari
Cover of the book Paranza by Simonetta FilippiIf you want to eat fried seafood in Livorno, you have to choose between fried prawns and calamari or “fried paranza”. Fried paranza is a mixture of several kinds of very small fish, so the main characteristics of this dish are variety and small dimensions. This is the reason why, I suppose, the writer Simonetta Filippi decided to entitle her book “Paranza” (Ed. Erasmo).
In fact this is a book of stories, each one very different from the other (in terms of subject, style, and atmosphere), but also very very short. Some of these stories are very funny, like “La Prima Notte di Nozze” ('the first wedding night') which describes an improvised meeting between several women talking about their first wedding night. The end of the story deserves to be read at least three times!