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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn more about us Maltese: read this book
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...
Published on 14 Dec 1999

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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. Really it's a very readable history of Malta with a real insight into what it was like to live through the WWII seige with a novel thrown in.
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31 of 32 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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This review is from: The Kappillan of Malta (Paperback)
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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deeply moving and accurate portrayal of Malta at War, 26 July 2003
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S.A.J.BLOXHAM (Northumberland United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Kappillan of Malta (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) (Paperback)
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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent picture of life during the Second World War, 25 Mar 2013
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely had to re-read this magnificent book, by the author of The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat., 27 April 2013
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute MUST if you know Malta, have visited it or intend to go there, 21 Aug 2014
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A very moving story, chock full of history, both of WWII and many centuries earlier. The central character is an absolutely delightful priest - a humble man who rose to the horrendous challenges of Malta during the bombardment of the last war. Many well known, distinguished names from that war, not to mention Nelson, Napoleon, the Phoenecians and the Romans all play their part! Monsarrat lived on Gozo for his final years and his love of the islands and its people shine through. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars facinating tale, beautifully told, 17 July 2014
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Refinding an author is always thrilling and Nicholas Monsarrat is no exception. this book is a wonderful read from beginning to end and it works on two different levels. There is the story of the local priest who brings hope and strength to the local population in a time of extremes and then there is the totally factual history of this island of Malta and what it endured through those dark days of ww2. Having found Monsarrat again I am off to read " Three Corvettes"
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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 review is from: The Kappillan of Malta (Paperback)
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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