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The Companion Guide to Sicily (Companion Guides) Paperback – 29 Apr 1999

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Companion Guides (29 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900639165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900639163
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,578,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Informative, entertaining, even leisurely, combining the best of essential knowledge with an agreeable personal touch... A model guide, with ... all the excitement of discovery and the deeper pleasures of long familiarity THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT This is the guidebook that the fascinating island of Sicily richly deserves... I urge you to go and see for yourself the extraordinary beauty of the island with a copy of this book to hand COUNTRY LIFE I value the traditional virtues of the Companion Guides... actually written by an individual rather than packaged by production teams... straightforward intelligent guides to cultural sites BOOKSELLER (Douglas Schatz) (Trevelyan is) an ideal guide to the island, knowledgeable, courteous and eloquent... A generation ago Hugh Honour and Georgina Masson wrote classic companion guides to Venice and Rome respectively. Trevelyan's delightful volume is of the same high calibre TABLET The title is right: Raleigh Trevelyan is indeed a most companionable guide...do pack it SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

About the Author

Raleigh Trevelyan's books include several on Italian themes, notably "Princes under the Volcano" and two outstanding books about the Second World War in Italy: "The Fortress: A Diary of Anzio and After" and "Rome 1944: The Battle for the Eternal City". --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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A reader can tell that the history section is a reasonably "choice" production. By this I mean that it has been quite comprehensively made a short edit, and it's reasonably well edited for shortness, which is appreciable. However it often lacks interest, is quite sullen and pedestrian, and the well shortened editing, with choice condensing seems to be the only commendation for the history section. However, that merit alone adds to an overall impression of robotism, with little of interest. Though there is, of course, a lot to be pleased with for well chosen, condensed editing of sources of information into short sentences and phrases, the end effect here is a bit like auditing has taken place, as it's all a bit inhuman, with little of character to grab you.

Maybe I'm being a little unfair - some people would say that many guide books are going to be that way, but this book left me cold when I don't so often find that. I don't want to go against the good condensing in the editing in itself, it is something, for me the main thing in the book, to value also.

I've only given this book 2 stars out of 5 because, unless you're "doing" most of the island or a lot of the island - you will have paid twice the price of other guide books for no pictures, reasonable mundaneness in writing, and actually, the worst thing about this book, little information for your trip.

I was very surprised about the last part. The information on Palermo is something I suppose worth buying the book for but only if you don't mind the inflated price. I was very surprised that there was so little information on each little part of the island because the book is probably the thickest guide book you will find. How does it happen?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sicily, the key to Italy 14 Dec. 2004
By M. Romano - Published on Amazon.com
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This guide is a true companion for those who have never visited the island of Persephone. It's well written and very accessible.

I highly recommend it for first time visitors as well return visiters. I found it to be the best guide to Sicily's diamonds in the rough as well as the more frequented package-tour sites. The author knows the heart and soul of the island. Buy it and take it along. You will thank the author and yourself for being so astute.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Companion Guide to Sicily review 9 Dec. 2013
By Thomas S. Hull - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is extremely interesting, offering far more than just sites to see. A feel for the land and its people is most clearly given from personal experience.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great perfection, a little too bulky 3 Dec. 2013
By Jorge Arias - Published on Amazon.com
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it is perfect... Not exactly a guide, but charming and with a lot of love for Sicily, a country I love dear.
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3.0 out of 5 stars How Can Sicily Be Tedious? 30 Aug. 2011
By Still A Tennessee Girl - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this book to be a general travel guide to Sicily and was disappointed. Almost no photos, hard to use format, and tedious writing.
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