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Clay Ghosts in Sicily by Angie Voluti
Clay Ghosts in Sicily by Angie Voluti
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you love Sicily, 15 Feb 2012
If you love Sicily you will enjoy this book. I was attracted to it because Palermo is one of my favourite cities and this book has all the atmosphere of the faded palazzi, the narrow streets, the catacombs and the monuments of this scruffy yet beautiful baroque place while at the same time telling a strange and rather haunting story which was apparently inspired by something which really happened. It effectively captures the feeling of the city during World War II and is peopled with vivid and fascinating characters. It also ends with an unexpected twist -always a good thing. Congtatualtions to the Italian-born author whose first work it is.
Vault (Salt Modern Fiction) by David Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever Stuff, 10 July 2011
This is a skilfully crafted and satisfying book. While telling an interesting story about a cycle champion who spends the war as a sniper and is later recruited as a spy on account of these skills, the action is moved forward in alternating sections, the first by a purported novelist telling the story of this man in the third person and the second by the subject himself who offers comments and a reprise of the events.
This is an intriguing and innovative device. This does not surprise me for in his short stories David Rose's voice is always very individual, very clever. He may or may not be an expert in cycling and marksmanship as in this novel, or architecture, music, bird watching… Read more