4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Too much mafia, not enough art, food and literature.,
This review is from: Midnight In Sicily (Panther) (Paperback)
I read Peter Robb's 'Death in Brazil', which follows on from this book. I guess Peter didn't feel very safe in Italy after completing his book, and in time honoured fashion fled to Brazil like all people who survive crossing with the mafia.
Like 'Death in Brazil' Peter outlines modern life in his chosen subject matter by crossing modern politics (and historical events) with his subjects culture and guiding ancient history. Robb comes up with all sorts of wonderful gems, such as the fact that the invention of the fork may have solely come about as a means of each spaghetti, a food invention created by Sicilians in the middle ages.
Unfortunately, where 'Death in Brazil' and 'Midnight in Sicily' part is where Robb gets too bogged down trying to explain the intricate connections between the mafia and the government (especially Andreotti's government - for which he was later tried for corruption in respect to his mafia connections). I think the main problem for Robb is that the relationship between Sicilians, Italy and the mafia is so intricately woven that not even he could easily explain the mafias accepted existence.
From a British perspective it is very shocking to see that another European nation is heavily mired in corruption and illigalities even to this day.
This is a good book, there are one or two moments when the chapters do not seem to close out as quickly as you would hope, but if you persevere you'll find this book a gem.