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Summary

Marco Carrera is 'the hummingbird', a man with the almost supernatural ability to stay still as the world around him continues to change.

As he navigates the challenges of life - confronting the death of his sister and the absence of his brother; taking care of his parents; raising his granddaughter; coming to terms with his love for the enigmatic Luisa - Marco Carrera comes to represent the quiet heroism that pervades so much of our everyday existence.

A surprising and deeply moving reinvention of the family saga, this is a thrilling novel about the need to look to the future with hope and live with intensity to the very end.

©2021 Sandro Veronesi (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"With The Hummingbird, Sandro Veronesi has re-written the family saga. Ardent, gripping and inventive to the core, it has already been hailed a classic." (Jhumpa Lahiri)

"Extraordinary." (Domenico Starnone, National Book Award Finalist author of Ties and Trick)

"Masterly: a cabinet of curiosities and delights, packed with small wonders." (Ian Mcewan)

"A spellbinding experience: clever, funny and deeply moving." (Roddy Doyle)

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Average story, ruined by the narrator! Sounded bored throughout and didn't bother with punctuation or emphasis. I feel I would have enjoyed the story more if the narrator sounded like he cared.

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Excellent.

An unusual and beautiful story, translated with authenticity & wonderful to listen to.

Sandro Varonesi should be applauded for this sensitive & magical book.

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Extremely tedious. I only finished it for my book club. The main character, Marco, is pretentious and boring.

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I kept losing concentration and drifting off. some parts are beautiful but lacked interest for me.

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  • 29-06-21

Original and memorable

Well-written and well-told. Like a hummingbird, the main character remains seemingly fixed in place despite the sorrow and surprises that life brings.

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  • 14-09-21

Difficult to read better

Masterpiece of literature. It’s a story of life of all of us. Definitely has to be read by everyone.
Wonderful!