Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-9)
Donna Leon's DEATH AND JUDGMENT opens with a scene set in the Italian Alps in the early springtime. The weather has taken an unexpected turn, leaving motorists uncertain and causing accidents on the mountainside. Discuss the setting and its importance in the story.
1. Discussion: opens with a scene set in the Italian Alps in the early springtime. Discuss the opening scene in Donna Leon's DEATH AND JUDGMENT. Discuss the weather in the region and how it played a main part in the accident of the truck. Also discuss the setting and its importance in the story. Why do you think Leon chose that particular setting? What other setting might have worked equally well or better?
2. The closest town to the opening setting is the Italian village of Tarvisio. Research Tarvisio and write a 500 word essay on the town, its people, geography, and culture.
3. Find two...
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