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Italian Days, Arabian Nights
Italian Days, Arabian Nights: Coming of Age in the Shadow of Mussolini traces the journey of a young child through the upheavals of war and betrayal. In 1939, a centuries-old way of life is shattered when Vittorio Palumbo's family seeks to escape poverty by answering their fascist leaders' call to colonize Arab lands in Libya. Only months later, this six-year-old joins ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published June 2011 by Story Trust Publishing, LLC
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WOW! This is an amazing story! The resiliency of people never ceases to amaze! Recommend this book to fun reading types to historians. The story has something in it for everyone. A fantastic read. Loved it. It's iconic as was the story of Anne Frank. It's worth reading just to understand the beliefs of young Italians in the time of war, to feel like you were right there with Vittorio in the refugee camps, and to feel like you pay it forward to America while living the American Dream. Book is jam ...more
I loved this story! History and personal narrative woven together.... I learned a lot about how the histories of Italy and Libya are connected. And I felt a connection to the author, as the story was very well-told. You can get this book at Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge.