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on 17 April 1999
Rinaldi's The Jukebox Queen of Malta gives us Rocco Raven, an American radio operator trapped on Malta during the German and Italian bombardments of WWII. Rocco quickly learns he cannot escape the enchantment of the island, it's charismatic people and the love he feels for Melita. Rinaldi weaves history with stories of perserverence and will, providing a humorous and fantastical account of the human spirit in times of war. Through the lunacy of the constant bombing, servicemen like Fingerly hoard tidbits of Maltese history-Dragut's dagger, a one hundred pound suit of armor and mummies from Egypt. Others spend hours in what's left of once glorious casinos betting on where the bombs will drop next, the statue of Queen Victoria, a church or an unsuspecting bus. Central to the plot is Zammit, who creates lush jukeboxes out of the ruins of Malta, first with wood and stained glass and later from smashed auto parts. A fine read filled with poetic prose and historical treats.
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on 21 February 2000
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Jukebox Queen of Malta. It's a marvelously lyrical story that delivers the reader to a world of magical happenings and unexpected surpises. Rinaldi should be congratulated for this jewel of a book that illuminates the Maltese struggle for survival in the face of some of the most horrific bombings of the second world war. For anyone interested in WW II, Malta, or simply well written prose, this is a must read!
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on 8 February 2000
Rinaldi's JUKEBOX QUEEN is a marvelously told story that covers events on the small island of Malta during the 1942 WWII Axis bombing. A rich array of characters counterpoint the central tale of Rocco and Melita's fated love while an extraordinary wealth of historical detail authenticates this magical story at every turn. Very highly recommended.
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on 24 May 2002
Despite what the 'critics' say about this book I found it to be a very disappointing book with characters who had no soul. For me it certainly did not portray the horrors that Malta suffered during the 2WW - it almost trivilalised them, which is unforgiveable.
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on 19 January 2002
Having been to Malta, I thought that a book based there in WW2 would be great, but Rinaldi manages to trivialise how bad life for the maltese really was in the early forties with his dull writing style. Slow moving and not particularly involving.
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on 27 May 2013
It was appropriate at the time as I was on holiday in Malta and I actually saw where the story was taking place the story was a love story with a Twist very enjoyable
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on 8 April 1999
The story is set during the second World War when Malta is being constantly bombed by the Germans and Italians. It is the story of an American airman who is posted on the islands, against his wishes, but as he gets to know the island and its people, his views change.
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