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On Persephone's Island: A Sicilian Journal Paperback – 2 Apr 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); New edition edition (2 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553813560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553813562
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An elegant, skilful writer with a gift for both the picaresque and gentle humour...A charming, quietly addictive read' -- The List

‘Evocative and rich...One of those rare pieces of literature that capture the mood and spirit of a place. Wonderful’ -- San Francisco Chronicle

‘Fascinating...This is much, much more than a daily record of happenings' -- New York Times Book Review

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The scent of oranges and almonds. The intoxicating sweetness of a cake called 'The Triumph of Greed'. Criminals who gun down convoys of police. Religious festivals at which celebrants tidy up their family tombs and make archangels dance in the village piazza. Scenes like these burst from the pages of this gem of contemporary travel writing.

When Mary Taylor Simeti left college she came to Sicily intending to stay for a year or so, but instead she married and raised a family. With both a native's intimacy and the impartial eye of an outsider, she chronicles four seasons in the place she calls Persephone's Island after the goddess of myth who once made it her home.

A feast of information, On Persephone's Island is a beautifully written account of a woman's love affair with Sicily that truly captures its spirit, whether the author is guiding us around its formidable landscapes, its chaotic pageants, its anti-mafia protests, its history of Greek, Arab, Norman and Spanish conquests, the shabby Palermo convent that sells the world's best cannoli, or simply harvesting olives on her family's farm.


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This book is most beautifully written and, having just visited Sicily, I loved reading it. The author goes through the year season by season, giving so much of the island's history and myths. A gentle but very instructive read.
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This book is great. Really informative and enjoyable to read. I learnt so much more about the customs and ways of Sicily. I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to travel to Sicily armed with a bit of an insight into Sicilian culture.
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I bought this after hearing the author interviewed for The Food Programme and it didn't disappoint. This book transports the reader to Sicily, even on a cold Scottish night. It is an incredibly enjoyable read and is beautifully descriptive. Perfect for anyone who loves food, travel and a little history.
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I work in Sicily and this gave me a lot of history to be able to pass on to my clients
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This book, while not published recently, gave me a real perspective on what it would feel like to be an American living in Sicily. When I visited the island, I really appreciated the topography, farms, etc. because of the insight this book had given. It is also an easily readable book.
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