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The Italian Chapel Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 7 hours and 22 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Jun. 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003OXHB6Q
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Format: Hardcover
I have been an avid reader of a wide range of subjects from an early age but, history never being my strong point at school, historical works whether fact or fiction, have been sadly lacking in my repertoire - that is, until I was introduced to "The Italian Chapel" by Philip Paris. The powerful Prologue had me hooked and I immediately settled down for a most enjoyable read, relating the true story of the amazing achievements brought about by the hard work, determination and unshakeable beliefs of the Italian prisoners of war held at the camp on Lamb Holm in the Orkney Islands during World War II. I had heard of the Italian Chapel and had even been to Orkney without paying it a visit as heretofore there was not much readworthy information easily available. That is no longer the case! Through his extensive research and dogged detective work, Philip Paris has managed to capture the mood and emotions of the men involved and has woven a delightful tale of their efforts, hopes, disappointments and successes against the wild background of the wind-blasted Orkney Islands and has skillfully blended historical fact with romantic fiction in a seamless fashion so that I could not put the book down until I had finished it. Whether your interest lies in history, geography, war tales, Scottish literature or historical romance, this extremely well-crafted book has much to satisfy - a cracking good read!
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Format: Hardcover
My Father had been a POW, first in Italy and then in Germany, and having recently re-read his, all too incomplete, diary I had an inkling on the deprivations of being a POW in those times but also of the tenacity of homo sapiens and their ability to forge lasting comradeship. Philip Parris has written a book which captures exactly the spirit of those captured in WW2, at least those in Europe. It does not seem to matter which side one was on the similarities are more real than the differences. The story touched the emotions and once picked up the book had to be finished sooner rather than later.We had visited Orkney but were, on that trip, unable to visit the Italian Chapel. We are now planning another visit during which the chapel WILL be visited.
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Format: Hardcover
This is my first review on Amazon. After reading The Italian Chapel I felt moved to share my thoughts with other readers. The book is highly recommended for two reasons: (1) it recalls a true story of hope, friendship and love - a story never told before; and (2) it is beautifully crafted into a real page turner. The book finishes with the author telling you which parts of the book are true and which are false, he also tells you the known story of the key characters' lives after WW2. Read the book and you will be moved to visit the Islands of Orkney - I was!
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I visited Orkney over 10 yrs ago and saw this place as we were making our way back to the ferry after a lovely weeks holiday. We had a few hours spare and the rest is history as they say ! I have been in lots of churches and cathedrals but this has such a true feeling of what its all about. The book tells of how it came into being and the people involved.I read it in conjunction with my visitors handbook ( pics of the people aswell as the chapel). Its written as a story but seems so right and believable that Mr Parish must have been there ! I can recommend this book to anyone going or has been and I cant wait to return to see once again such craftsmenship ,knowing the history has been brought well and truly to life.Well done !
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By JJ VINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2013
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I have heard of but never visited the Italian Chapel built by POWs 'imprisoned' on Lamb Holm in the Orkney's, so was very interested when I found a book had been written about it.
The Italians were sent to help Balfour Beattie build a giant causeway to protect our naval fleet in the north of Scotland.
One cannot imagine what it must have been like for these men, only a few of whom spoke any English. Most captured in north Africa and then being transported all the way to the north of Scotland.
Like all POWs there was a mixture of skills and talents among the men and one among them, Domenico Chiocchetti an artist, felt that having a proper place to pray and receive succour for the soul would be of great benefit to the men.
Paris's story, part fiction, part fact makes for an interesting read. The ingenuity of the men who undertook the task with little in the way of the necessary materials, the friendliness of both the islanders and the British soldiers in charge of the camp all add to a fascinating time in Orkneys history. And the fact that the people there very much wanted to preserve what was an amazing feat brought a tear to my eye.
A lovely little story
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This book was hard to put down. The fact that it is based on fact, made it even more readable. I really enjoyed it, and have looked up pictures on the internet of the Italian Chapel, which I would love to visit one day.
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An easy and enjoyable read based on great subject matter, though it didn't quite do it for me as a novel - rather superficial characters and lack of depth in the storyline.

In the end, a true historical account of the Italian POWs' lives on Orkney during WW2 might have suited me better as I knew nothing about this fascinating story before coming across this book.
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