Carlo Levi wrote a book entitled ‘Christ Stopped At Eboli’, Eboli being a town on the west coast of Campania in Italy, south of Rome. The book title comes from a local saying and is referring to the poverty and exclusion ‘from the full human experience’ in southern Italy in the first half of the 20th century. The book was filmed (at Matera of all places) and is both an iconic piece of Italian literature as well as an iconic work of Italian cinema. I was thinking that it would be nice if my own book could have a title that emphasised how bad and wet the weather had been until I was south of Rome. I have considered ‘Cycling in the Rain’ but that’s a bit prosaic. And then I came up with ‘The Rain Stopped at Eboli’. What do you think? Would many (any?) people get the play on words? Any other ideas?
The Book: Possible Titles