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I'm not scared


After that title, you probably thought this was going to be about something exciting. But no. It's just about a book I've just finished reading: Io Non Ho Paura by Niccolo Ammaniti. Though of course, I read the English translation.

I never saw the movie, and didn't really know much about it, though I had heard of it.

It was an amazing book: partially your usual "growing pains" story, part thriller, part mystery; I can see why they made it into a movie.

WARNING: SPOILER

If anyone else has read it, I wanted to ask you: What do you think happened at the end?

I think that the police or army or whoever were looking for Filippo found the hiding place (possibly because they saw Filippo when he escaped?) and that one of them was the dark figure who approached Michele's Papa. And I think Michele died from the gunshot wound.

Do you agree?

Listening to: The Red Paintings - Rain

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

mmmm...the end is very ambigous and leaves many questions unanwsered, possibly too many.

I agree with you about the dark figure who approached Michele's Papa, he was definately someone from the helicopter, the police, the army, whatever. Otherwise Michele's Papa wouldnt have had to explain that the boy in his arms was his son. However, i don't think that Michele dies, at least not from being shot in the leg, but then again, im a believer in happy endings.

9:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was reading another discussion on the ending to I'm Not Scared, and although it would have made a chilling climax, Michele could not have died as the whole story is a narration of him looking back on his tragic childhood; notice some of the descriptions earlier on in the book

7:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a shockingly boring book!

5:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't htink that Michele died at the end of the book as he tells the story and it goes into so much decription! The dark figure would have to of been one of the people from the helicopter as he has to explain that Michele is his son

10:03 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michele doesn't die at the end of the book for i'm not scared is all about michele himself looking back on his childhood. e.g page 24 guote for Michele " about ten years later i happened to go skiing on the Gran Sasso".

4:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what if he is reminissing on past experiences? The WHOlE book doesn't have to be straight from his own life i think he added the death of the main character for dramatisation

7:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

easily the best book I've read

I dont read much, but this was great, finished it in one day

AND he doesnt die, duhhh


X
[shhh]ayne

11:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the book has a very mysterious ending. I believe it is quiet obvious that Michele does not die because he is telling about his own life. I didnt like the ending though. The book is very gripping and demands attention till the very end but it left some answers un-reveiled. I like happy endings.

7:41 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michelle doesnt die, somewhere in the book, like maybe chapter 3 or 4 Michelle says "even today i cant stand people who dont vent their anger"

meaning he doesnt die

9:19 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you love the book so much, then how could you NOT know he didnt die?
i didnt even read the whole thing properly, i just skimmed through and i knew he didnt die.
what a great fan.

11:13 pm  
Blogger OLS said...

Oh honestly! Haven't you people ever heard of The Lovely Bones? A book *can* be written from the perspective of a dead person you know... *rolls eyes*

7:20 pm  
Blogger Luved It! said...

I've seen the movie and it was amazing!!! Definitely worth seeing. This was in Italian , but that didn't prove any difficulty with finding a balance between watching the pictures and reading the English subtitles. In the movie, I didn't think Michele was shot in the leg, maybe the shoulder....I'm not sure but I think he did die. Or would have died because of something like too much loss of blood. I think it was meant to be a tragedy. I also think it was the police/navy/rescue service/whatever that would be the man that came along at the end. But Michele dieing and the mystery man were too hard to work out because it was at night, and then the movie ended.

11:22 am  
Blogger tesoro said...

ciao tutti,
i read the book in italian and saw the film after. In the book, i felt that both the dad and the boy die, because it said "ora era di nuovo buio. E c'era papa e c'ero io" (now there was new darkness, and there was papa and there was I). I thought that the dark figure had shot the dad, and he along with michele had died. Im not sure though, but thats what i took out of it...
great book!!!!!

2:28 am  
Blogger Hustar said...

michele does not die. he is looking back and telling the story of his childhood life, how he made an impact on the adult's perspective of righteousness and how he changed his village. on page 19 and 24 he talks about the present and future.

10:59 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

I thought it was a very thinking book. However I felt that the abrupt ending wasn't worthy of an otherwise outstanding book as it left too many questions unanswered, like: what was the town's reaction to michele's actions? What happened to fillipo? As he was retelling a story, I thought the book should have ended in the present.

4:30 am  
Blogger Faraz Panapa said...

Personally i felt like the end was a cliff-hanger too, so i decided to write my own ending, which happened to coincide with my english HW

6:17 pm  
Blogger DisplayNameGoesHere-WaitWhat? said...

I don't think he died in that moment itself. You can see him refer to himself going skiing 10 years later from the described time period, on Page 24.

Quote:
"About ten years later I happened to go skiing on the Gran Sasso."

On Page 2 it clearly states he was 9 years old, so we know that he was talking about how he went skiing when he was 19, since there's no other possibility.

9:34 pm  
Blogger DisplayNameGoesHere-WaitWhat? said...

I don't think he died in that moment itself. You can see him refer to himself going skiing 10 years later from the described time period, on Page 24.

Quote:
"About ten years later I happened to go skiing on the Gran Sasso."

On Page 2 it clearly states he was 9 years old, so we know that he was talking about how he went skiing when he was 19, since there's no other possibility.

9:34 pm  

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