I think writing about death is not a spoiler for this book. I read about death in almost every chapter. So, let me talk about Emanuele. He is 15 and his death touched me the most so far, in the story. He was shot by the police while doing what he does best, while doing the only thing he knew that would put food in his and his family's mouth.
My mind questions his death. As Saviano wrote:
The fact remains that he was fifteen years old. At that age, the sons of families born in other parts of Italy are going to the pool, taking dance lessons.
Emmanuele, however, waits for his time to rob someone for a living. He sits there until the right time comes. Until one day, what he thought was right was actually wrong. A wrong that caused him his life, his future.
But come to think of it, what would he be at 20? Would he be someone else other than a thief? Would his life change at 25? Would he be an entrepreneur at 30? I would like to think so.
I would want to believe so, because it could have been possible. But in a place like this, change is almost inevitable, especially if you are living within The System.
Emanuele's funeral was well-attended. The priest who did the service said:
The fact is that the only thing you learn here is how to die.
Mind you, this is a true story.