The Secret of Santa Vittoria: A Novel
I have to admit it took me about 100 pages to really get into it, but then I couldn't put it down.
that I chose the book as a selection for the club. The plot sounded amusing. A small wine-making village in the hills of Italy tries to hide close to one million bottles of wine from the occupying Nazis. Amusing isn't quite the word I used once I finished the book.
The story takes place near the end of WWII, just after Mussolini is executed. The Germans are occupying ...more
It starts off a little dry and old school. After a few chapters it hits its stride though.
Well developed characters and great pacing. Surprising suspenseful. Machiavelli is worked well into the story.
Not that I have anything to go on, but it feels that this book captured what a small hillside Italian town was like back in the 1940s.
One thing that really disappoints me after finishing it is that book isn't as real as the introduction or parts of t ...more
History and war
Wit and self-effacing humor
Morals and consequences
Heartbreak beyond tears
and Thunderbolt love.
And hilarious stereotypes! Although if I were German or Italian, I'm sure I would be incensed and insulted. Yet on the other hand, the stereotypes were mostly assumed by the characters (even by themselves) and then later proved...well, ...more
Set in Italian mountain town after the fall of Mussolini, this is a WW11 story with a difference. Great characters, compelling story skillfuly balancing humour and pathos.
Italo Bombollini (Quinn) is viewed by the citizens of Santa Vittoria as a clown, a buffoon, ridiculed by many (including his wife). Yet when times called for a person of particular leadership skills up...more
Many years later reading Foucault's Pendulum, I couldn't help comparing that novel's climax with this book. Italians sure do have a weird sense of honor.
This was a warm fuzzy as far as war stories go, but it could not escape the harsh realities that were the Nazi German's. It took me a while to become engaged in the story, but I was slowly drawn in and for the most part it was worth the wait.
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