Thursday, March 27, 2014
Charles Lambert: The View from the Tower
Charles Lambert is England born, but he's lived in Italy for decades--now in Fondi, between Rome and Naples--and he writes about Rome's "dark side." The View from the Tower (2013) is his latest, a "psychological thriller" in the language of the Amazon description. The words are apt, but only if one understands that the novel is a lot less thriller and a lot more psychological. The story moves back and forth from Rome in the present to Turin in the "anni di piombo"--the late 1970s--when the protagonists, now essentially part of the political establishment, were committed radicals.