On Persephone's Island: A Sicilian Journal Paperback – 2 Apr 2001
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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
From the Back Cover
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.