Great expectations: unfulfilled.
Apparently Giorgio Bassani reached his top as a narrator in the wonderful "Garden of the Finzi Contini".
These short stories took all place in the same noble and foggy Ferrara and around the same historical period of the book previously written, but never succeeded in getting my attention that much.
There are some good and very realistic characters and the level of writing is still pretty much masterful, but in my opinion there is also something missing. It may be the magic, unrepeatable atmosphere of the Finzi Contini's story.