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The Kappillan of Malta (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas Monsarrat
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A classic novel set in the siege of Malta 1940-1942 from the bestselling author of The Cruel Sea

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Father Salvatore was a simple, lumbering priest, a kappillan serving the poor Valetta, when war came out of the blue skies to pound the island to dust.

Now amid the catacombs discovered by a chance bomb, he cared for the flood of homeless, starving, frightened people who sought shelter from the death that fell unceasingly from the sky.

His story, and the story of Malta, is told in superbly graphic pictures of six days during the siege. Each of those days brought forth from the kappillan a message of inspiration to keep them going - the legendary tales of six mighty events of Malta's history which shone through the centuries and gathered them together in a fervent belief in their survival.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 934 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (9 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007N6SWHM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn more about us Maltese: read this book 14 Dec 1999
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Monserrat's book is probably the smartest insight into the character of the Maltese people penned by a non-Maltese I've ever read. The author has clearly understood the relevance of the Catholic religion and hierarchy; the sea and draught; but also the hardships of history especially in War time, when one tries to figure out what Malta and the Maltese are all about.
Try reading this book AFTER you've visited our islands, and see how your judgements compare with Monserrat's ...
Apart from being a great anthropological reading, this book is great fun to read ... a good novel by any standard.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I can't remember being so moved by a book. My father lived in the caves in Floriana, Malta during the war and this book is the first I've read that portrays the horrors that my family experienced. For a non-Maltese, the author understands and perfectly captures the Maltese sense of humour and the importance of their faith to them. The format is unusual - part historical, part fictional but this works well and eventually I found myself wondering which bits were fictional and which were fact. This is a first class Maltese history book and a first class novel. One question remains, did Dun Salve really exist or is he completely fictional..?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History and war-time romance 8 Feb 2011
This book is a classic for anyone who is interested in Malta, and especially her rich history of triumphs over her enemies throughout the centuries.

Set in World War 2,the story centres around a humble priest who cares for his people and tries to encourage them through the relentless bombing of their island,and the near starvation which they endured. He does this by reminding them of all the times the small island has withstood the many onslaughts of the past.
Alongside this is the romantic tale of his niece and a British serviceman.

It is neatly divided into the main "episodes" of the various sieges on Malta and underlines the resilience and bravery of the Maltese people.It also gives a flavour of how closely bound they were with the British,which both her culture and relationships reflect to this day.

An idea to enhance the reading of the book, which is definitely a product of its time, would be to purchase,(or borrow), a copy of the film "The Malta Story", starring Alec Guinness.This film includes actual news-reel from the war. It too, is of its era, but if you are interested in Malta,you will want a copy of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The writer was involved in the war and saw life at its rawest in Malta during that period. the research into the background of the people is superb with characters coming to life and being truly human. It has a sense of realism that many fiction stories lack. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in Malta, the way they survived the war is amazing..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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An incredible account depicting the heroism of the Maltese people, during the II World War,anyone who thinks they suffer deprivation these days, should most definitely read this book.Monsarratt brings Maltese life,history and their quite incredible
stoisism to life on every page
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Repeated Read ... 8 Feb 2009
This atmospheric and gripping read has been a firm family favourite over many years and is an absolute must for anyone contemplating a trip to Malta and,in particular, Valetta. Everyone who ha ever read my copy has wanted one of their own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kappillan of Malta 18 Feb 2013
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Excellent book. Very poignant and a wonderful insight into how Malta thoroughly deserved and won her George Cross during World War 2. All explanations are clear and situations appealing into Malta's beautiful country and the character of the Kappillan is a delight.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect read 3 Nov 2010
This has become easily one of my very favourite books and I will read it again and again.
It makes Malta come alive and tells her history in a very clever way. The prose is easy
to read and beautifully written. It is very touching and the characters so credible.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but over-long and old-fashioned
It's an interesting read and helped my understanding of Malta's history on a recent holiday, but the characters tend to pall after a while. Read more
Published 9 days ago by JT
5.0 out of 5 stars A history lesson worth taking with every word carefully written and...
Brilliant story, superbly written, a wonderful insight into the Maltese world of yesteryear. Having read this work some time ago re-reading it the story is just as fresh and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keith Gillingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This is an excellent book. The characters wonderful and the descriptions of the bombing of Malta during World War II are heart rending. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Geraldine Tomlinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I had lived in Malta for 3years when my father was in the Royal Navy -and although a long time ago , I had very clear memories of our time there & it all came flooding back when... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Irene Tyndall
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Read my friends copy of The Kappillan of Malta. An Island .I know well, many places I have visited.Thank you.
Published 5 months ago by katherine vella
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Good historical and a nice story, going to malta in holiday and gave a good insight to the history of the island
Published 7 months ago by Jenni Sheldon
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have read in years.
This is in the same league as "The Cruel Sea", which is my favorite book which I read at school. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J.S., Church Fenton.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent Read
I found this book to be a very moving story and can only imagine what the people of Malta went through in those very dark days of the 1940's. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Frank Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Read before a visit to malta
I unfortunately read this after my holiday in valletta. The book has a good mix of history and story telling intertwined to draw you back into another time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mark m
5.0 out of 5 stars the kappillan of Malta
i love this book, once again I could not put it down. not sure who I would recommend to as quite heavy really but it was actually recommended to me.
Published 8 months ago by maggie
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