The House by the Medlar Tree


Read by Tom Denholm

(3.8 stars; 8 reviews)

In a nineteenth century Sicilian fishing village, the Malavoglia family gambles everything on being able to profit from a cargo of lupin nuts. The cargo is lost at sea and a succession of misfortunes and tragedies assails the family. A masterpiece of social commentary hailed within Italy but neglected by the wider world, The House by the Medlar Tree ranks alongside the works of Zola, Dickens or Balzac among the great books of European literature. The book is the inspiration behind the 1948 film 'La Terra Trema' ('The Earth Trembles'), one of the earliest works of the great Italian director Luchino Visconti. - Summary by Tom Denholm (9 hr 18 min)

Chapters

Introduction 7:09 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 1 24:22 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 2 35:39 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 3 13:43 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 4 25:06 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 5 23:00 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 6 37:38 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 7 38:45 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 8 29:03 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 9 Pt 1 28:09 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 9 Pt 2 27:54 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 10 39:04 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 11 42:13 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 12 34:19 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 13 Pt 1 26:10 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 13 Pt 2 30:00 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 14 Pt 1 25:09 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 14 Pt 2 21:51 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 15 Pt 1 24:56 Read by Tom Denholm
Chapter 15 Pt 2 24:14 Read by Tom Denholm

Reviews

Great reader


(4 stars)

The reader really brings this story to life. It starts off a bit dry, but becomes quite affecting and the characters come to life more if you stick with it. It is a bit confusing with names at times, and might have been less so on the page.

Timely in 2021!


(5 stars)

Excellent narration and a thought-provoking tale of faith, life and loss.