Лято в Сицилия
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Лято в Сицилия (Italian Memoirs)

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„Лято в Сицилия" е завладяваща книга за надеждата, за добротата, за любовта и превратностите на женската съдба.

В Сицилия е лято. Енергичната и талантлива писателка Марлена де Бласи тръгва за острова – земя на контрастите: величие и бедност, красота и страдание, илюзия и прямота. Попаднала в планинско селце, американката остава да гостува на Тоска Броци – домакиня на вилата...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published 2012 by Слънце (first published 2008)
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Finished: What a story! For me there should be no debate about whether a book gets 4 or 5 stars; if you cannot decide then it is only 4 stars. You have to be sure about a 5 star book. I am sure that this one gets my 5 stars. Why? Tosca, her life and what she made of it is totally fascinating. Not only her life but also Leo's and Cosimo's and Mafalda's. Extraordinary strong, wonderful people - all of them. You are missing something if you don't take the time to r...more
Jan 05, 2012 Jane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Jane by: It fell off the shelf
Shelves: favorite
1/5/2011 This morning, after 80 years of living and reading many books I just finished the most captivating and personally emotionally penetrating book I have read in all those 80 years. I am so moved by it that I must try to express my feelings in my so inadequate words.. Hopefully someone will take me seriously and also read and experience what I am experiencing. I could even go so far to say that it has the power to change my view of life and my actions to events within my own life. The book...more
I tried, I really did. This is my second Marlena de Blasi book and I just don't enjoy her books. I can't even tell you what it is. I should enjoy them...Italy, food, scenic descriptions, quaint villas, etc. But I don't. I couldn't finish this book. Just moving on...
This book was amazing! I'm kind of starting to get irritated by Marlena's writing style, but I'm glad she was able to tell this story about Tosca, Leo and the rest of the gang. I really fell in love with these people. I especially loved the ending. First I couldn't believe my eyes that the ending was such, but I'm glad it was. I wish I could meet these people and just hug them for dear life. I loved Leo's socialist concept and thought him to be a revolutionary. I love this book so much, I want t...more
Julie Failla Earhart
Memoirs can be tricky things. How good is a person’s memory, especially if the events that are in the distant past? It can extremely be tricky if a writer is recording someone else’s memories. Memoirist and food writer Marlena De Blasi has all of these issues to deal with in her fourth adventure, That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story.

De Blasi’s tale takes place in Sicily’s interior. In 1995, she and her husband Frenando stumble upon an unusual villa occupied primarily by older women in Sicily’s m...more
Loved, loved this book! It was hard to set down. A wonderful, atmospheric tale told beautifully. I read at the end of my Kindle version of the book that the author is a food and wine writer. No surprise...it's a delicious story, redolent with local flavours and dishes as well as a touch of romance. I'm gettin' my ticket for Sicily! "Buona se." Highly recommend!
The subtitle of this book is A Love Story. It is not really a story of love. It is a story of lust, of want, of need. And while love is present in this tale, these other emotions supersede the notion of love. The idea that a man would trade an animal for a child, adopt and raise her with his own children, and while still married, claim to have fallen in love with her when she becomes of age is not my idea of a true love story. That premise aside, I found the author’s excessive use of Italian ann...more
There were several times reading this book (on my Kindle) that I stopped and asked if it was real. I even had a friend look it up for me while we were at the pool. I decided it was fictional and read it like a novel. When I got to the end and saw that is was a memoir I was much more intrigued. I want to know more about these people. I want to see pictures. The fact that it is based on real people took it from a 3 to a 4 star for me. I loved the description of the beautiful lodge, the gardens and...more
This was one of the most amazing love stories I have ever read. Thank you Marlena for giving us the haunting portrait of Tosca, a timeless glimpse into Sicilian life as told by a Sicilian. I was mesmorized and enchanted by this worman of great character. Now knowing the conclusion, I must re-read the book with very different eyes. Early details and characters have much more meaning now that Tosca's story has unfolded through Marlena's exquisite wordsmithing.
This is a beautifully written book about loving and living. It captured me immediately and held my attention througout -- what a story she has to tell! I would love to have the opportunity to discuss this book with others as I found it meaningful on a range of levels.
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3.5 ***
This nonfiction work is subtitled: A Love Story. It’s part travel, part biography, and definitely a love story. It’s jump-off point is a villa in the hills of Sicily that the author and her husband came across on their travels. They wound up staying there for months, and the author, in particular, was completely taken by the owner’s story. Most of the book focuses on Tosca relating the story of how she came to be the ward of Prince Leo and how she inherited the property that she turned i...more
This story was breathtakingly beautiful and every romantic bone in my body responded, I wanted to be present for every word. Marlena and Fernando go to Sicily so that she can write about the culture there. Few outsiders to Sicily ever make it past the cold silence of the inhabitants, but they find themselves brought, silently, to a castle. Women, widows, care for the grounds and one lady named Tosca has the run of the place. She sits down to tell Marlena her story which is nothing short of a rea...more
Pat Eggleton
When I wrote about Ragusa's Castle of Donnafugata for Italy Magazine, several readers contacted me to say that it was the setting of this book. Sadly, that is not so but I am grateful to them for pointing the book out to me. As Marlena De Blasi states in an introductory note, Donnafugata is the name of several real and fictional properties in Sicily, most famously the one near Palermo in Tomasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard. However, De Blasi's tale is none the less fascinating for that:

In 1995, D...more
Cynthia Haggard
When Marlena de Blasi was given the assignment of writing about the interior regions of Sicily, she suspected that she got the job because others had turned it down. For “the center of the island is an aloof and pathless place, and the colossal silence of it all is reflected in its people,” a friend warned. But de Blasi was intrigued. She made plans. She traveled to Sicily. She made phone calls. Her phone calls were not answered. Her meetings didn’t happen. And when she tried to befriend people...more
Early on: "It's the human story, which repeats itself endlessly if only to prove that the past is not dead. That the past wears different costumes. Sometimes.... There's always a prince and a palace. Always a priest. And there's always a girl. The protagonists are eternal. With each performance the characters proceed as if they were the first ones to ever act it out. As if they didn't know how the play would end....It was he (Lampedusa) who said that all lovers play the parts of Romeo and Juliet...more
I finally finished this. I have no idea why it took so long, it's not that long a book.
A charming story within a story unfolds in this novel. It describes a Sicily that is simultaneously intimate and forbidding, political and pastoral. The characters who seem the primaries at the beginning of the book are quickly pushed to the side with their arrival at the VIlla Donafugato, where much is mysterious - even when it has seemingly been revealed. My favorite part of the book was the food porn - glo...more
Wow, what evocative language.... I listened to the MP3 download. The reader's voice and Italian language skills are gorgeous. This is a complex love story. It gives the listener a tone, lifestyle, value system, political system and somewhat historical glimpse of life in Sicily in the mid-twentieth century. I finished the tale wishing I could be a part of the society so beautifully described by the author, who, as it turns out, was also the reader of this audio book. She reads in a bit of a monot...more
This was an tale of life in Sicily and the omerta (vow of silence). The author is fascinated by the tale of Tosca and Leo. Leo, the local prince, receives nine year old Tosca from her father in trade for a horse. She joins his family and is educated. She develops a deep love for Leo and, on her eighteenth birthday, she becomes his mistress. Their love affair is complicated by Leo's marriage to Simona and his attempts to reform the feudal system still in place in Sicily. Leo is punished by the "c...more
Susan Tekulve
This is technically a memoir, but it reads like a fairy tale. Not sure if I truly believe all of what "happened" to this author while she was in the remote region of Sicily that is the setting of this book, and there is no way of knowing what really happened because the author's sources have "sworn her to secrecy." I'm certainly not going to risk facing down the crime family that will kill her sources if I risk going to that part of Sicily to find The Truth. However, this is a real page-turner a...more
I loved this wonderful book. In the introduction the author tells us that this is a true story. I kept thinking that it couldn't be but kept hoping that it was true Her writing is so descriptive. I felt I could smell and taste all things Just a beautiful story. You won't be disappointed
I enjoyed this book, although I can't determine whether to call it fiction or nonfiction. The beautiful writing make me long for Sicily, as her previous books made me long for Venice and Tuscany.
I enjoyed this book very much. Light reading for the summer. It's mostly told by one person refecting on her life, and was quite interesting. I would recommend this to anyone.
This made for pleasant summer reading. It's sort of a Cinderella story. The journalist is just there to list to the story. There is a good twist in it.
This is not one of de blasi's best efforts. The allegedly true love story she shares her is melodramatic and odd. She does best when telling the story of her own life.
Cynthia Green
This is a lovely memoir written in the style of a novel. A love story is told to the author by an elderly woman named Tosca. There's something for everyone, ruined castles, forbidden love and, because this is written by a food author, lots of wonderful descriptions of Italian cuisine.
I rate this book in between a 3 and 4. I found this book by accident when searching for travel guides for Sicily and thought, "What better way to learn about the Sicilian environment than a non-fiction book with beautiful descriptions?" I'm usually a fan of sensory language, metaphors and extensive explanations, but the book sometimes veered towards being a bit too verbose. I found myself speeding through some pages as a result to get to the real meat of the story. In retrospect, I love the book...more
This is a work of nonfiction: a memoir within a memoir and set entirely in secretive Sicily. It's enchanting, captivating, and I'm suffering from a terrible book hangover. The bulk of the book is Tosca's story--a woman born into a peasant family between world wars, her fairy-tale adoption by a prince, and the subsequent life she leads. It's a wonderful story, a great summer/vacation/beach read, and I really adored this read!
I wish that I could give this book 3.5. I really loved the story that Tosca told. I could envision everything that she said and really cared for all the characters. I loved the feeling that time hasn't changed any of them, how everyone's lives were so intertwined. The only reason that I didn't give this book a higher rating is because I couldn't understand the married couple. Why were they there? It seemed like they were just the vehicles to get the story out, but I would have just been happy wi...more
so I post with 4 starts somewhat embarrassed. this isn't a spectacular classic. It isn't deep. BUt is was a fun read. I read finished it when I was home sick from work and immediately turned to the front and read it the whole thing again. I never did that before (or perhaps had the luxury of time and cold medicine to incite/indulge me to do so.) kind of like admitting to liking meg ryan movies maybe? I don't know. I liked it. the initial story is a little slow, but the story within the story is...more
I have read other books by this author, and really enjoyed them. Maybe because she writes so well about Italy/Venice/food etc.
This time she and Fernando travel to Sicily to do a story for a magazine.
They become immersed in a place called Donnafugata, which is almost like an old palace, situated in the middle of the Island. It is run by Tosca Brozzi, a very proud and beautiful lady.
Her story tells of being sold by her father (at age 9) to Leo, the local landowner and Prince, and how she came to...more
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