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Recensione: Mary Taylor Simeti arrived in Sicily in 1962 to do volunteer work. Freshly graduated from Radcliffe College after growing up in a distinguished and privileged New York City family, the last thing she expected was to fall in love and marry a Sicilian. On Persephone's Island: A Sicilian Journal is the ambivalent love story of an intelligent, complex, and self-reflective woman. The book recounts the events of 1983, the year Simeti turned 42. Her narrative alternates between Palermo, where her children attend school and her husband Toninno is a professor of agricultural economy, and Bosco, in eastern Sicily, where she shoulders demanding responsibilities on the working farm that has belonged to her husband's family for three generations.
Simeti feels the isolation of being an expatriate and outsider, although she claims to welcome this perspective when faced with frustration and disgust at the pervading political corruption and corrosive effects of the Mafia on everyday life. Despite her natural diffidence, she shares personal insights that makeOn Persephone's Island as compelling as her prose. Simeti intersperses rich helpings of Sicilian history and culture with mundane events and insight into what motivates the peasants essential to the survival of the family farm. And she makes pessimistic observations about the complexity of changing times in a society where the persistent reliance on feudal relationships and agriculture is finally crumbling.
An academic manqué, Simeti researches and ruminates on the mythological underpinnings of the many holidays and festivals that punctuate the rhythm of Sicilian life. She focuses particularly on the Greek goddesses Persephone and Demeter, who held Sicily under their protection. She eventually discovers a correlation between her own situation and the story of Persephone, who alternately inhabited the worlds of light and darkness.
Titolo: On Persephone's Island: A Sicilian Journal
Casa editrice: Alfred A. Knopf
Data di pubblicazione: 1986
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Alfred A. Knopf. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fair. Codice libro della libreria G0394549880I5N00
Descrizione libro Alfred A. Knopf, 1986. Condizione libro: Good. 1st. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP93634403
Descrizione libro Alfred A. Knopf. Condizione libro: Good. Ex library. Light wear. Light interior markings. Codice libro della libreria BOOK-6050-00040
Descrizione libro Alfred A. Knopf. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. 0394549880 Used; Book in good condition. May have markings, inscription and signs of wear | | Travel. Codice libro della libreria 0394549880
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria 97803945498803.0
Descrizione libro Alfred A. Knopf, 1986. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P020394549880
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: New. Online seller with tens of thousands of transactions on other marketplaces. All items ship within 24 hrs of purchase. Customer satisfaction guaranteed!. Codice libro della libreria 29H5FB000IYH
Descrizione libro Alfred A. Knopf, 1986. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110394549880
Descrizione libro Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1986. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. Maria Vica Costarelli (illustratore). First Edition stated. 1st prtg. ivory boards, white quarter-cloth spine, unclipped color illus dj, exc unread, gift cond; light blue top pp edge, b/w map, drawings, 331 pp. a seasonal account of the author's 20th yr living in Sicily, country & city (Palermo); a significant resource for anyone interested in the island or planning a trip; stand-alone companion to the author's 'Pomp and Sustenance'. Size: 6" - 9". Codice libro della libreria RB3845
Descrizione libro Alfred A. Knopf, 1986. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. 1st. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0394549880