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Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride
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Feb 04, 09

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Read in February, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Read this book somewhat irregularly over lunch, so it was often hard to keep track of all the characters.

The book tells the story of a small group of Buffalo Soldiers in Italy in WWII. There were very interesting juxtapositions of the way the black soldier was treated and the German prisoner of war -- with the German POW often getting better treatment from Americans. It Italy though the black soldiers are treated as equals by the Italians, much to the dismay of southern white officers.

The book also tells the back story of all the Italian villagers and fighting partisans. So much suffering.


In the end only Hector and the small Italian boy survive the German onslaught. Many many years later in NY, Hector comes across the Italian traitor who caused the deaths of so many and kills him in an instant. The small boy -- now grown and very wealthy, hears about Hector's arrest, comes to NY and helps him escape the law. One can only assume they live happily ever after in the Seychelles.

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