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Hardcover A House in Sicily Book

ISBN: 0786706562

ISBN13: 9780786706563

A House in Sicily

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The captivating memoir of a resourceful woman who started life anew in the "most beautiful house in Sicily" For fifty years, at Casa Cuseni in the small Sicilian town of Taormina, Daphne Phelps has... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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5 ratings

realistic and truthful view of Sicily in fifties and sixties

Despite comments from some readers who obviously feel insulted in some way(which I can only describe as ignorant) I recommend this book to everyone, sicilians and others. As a Sicilian myself I can affirm that the picture ms Phelps paints of Sicily and the Sicilians is truthful, in every detail !! It was like that in the fifties, a lot of Sicilians were illiterate and peasants. The fact that ms Phelps writes this down does'nt mean she is arrogant or superior.In fact she describes the people she 's met during her life with much love.

A majestic house in a magical land

Daphne Phelps' book would make a great movie. The varied characters taking refuge at her inherited eastern Sicily residence make for an enjoyable read. Her interactions with locals, (including an alleged mafioso) give the reader a unique perspective into the country's citizens and their way of life on an ancient island that time has forgotten.

A reader from East Tennessee

Hey guys why beat up on poor Daphne. I give it 5 stars because she was truthful about how she saw things and people. It wasn't that bad, just a look at Sicilian life from a different generation. Her take on the characters around her was very interesting.

A Best Read-From An American Sicilian

I am a Sicilian American of 2nd generation. My father was born in Sicily and my mother's parents are both Sicilian. My entire family went to Sicily last July (2001) and we found Ms. Phelps book to be entertaining, respectful and delightful. In response to the critique by Antonina LiCastri-Boocock who is Sicilian: "Please leave the machismo at home." Ms. Phelps was very respectful of both the people and place of Sicily. My entire family is reading this book and has enjoyed it all the same. This book is a five star read. It is refreshing to see a dignified outside look at Sicily from an English perspective. (If Ms. Phelps supposedly had so much disdain for Sicily, why did she stay so long?) Antonina could not give insight other than from a Sicilian male perspective. I am very traditional, but I give credit where credit is do. If you are American, you will not like this book but love it. If you are Sicilian, I bet you will probably love all the more. The Sicilian people are a loving, lovely people and I believe that all of the characters that Ms. Phelps wrote about would be more than honored by her writings. Salvatore

A House in Sicily

I really enjoyed this book. It was a wonderful book, very easy to read. I just read it over the weekend. If what you are looking is a guide to Sicily this isn't it, but if you want to know something about that region and their way of life during the years the author writes about, this is your book.I am always amaze when people like the author make complete changes in their lives, and start a new life somewhere other than their country of birth. I enjoy reading about her experience, and I want to find out more about Casa Cuseni. What I love about real life books is that the people that live in this crazy and beautiful world are 100 % better that any fictional character. The people that Ms Phelps talks about are wonderful characters that any fiction writer would love to have in their books. I have travel in Italy, but I was never interested in visiting Sicily. After reading this book, I want to go there.
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