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War in Val d'Orcia by Iris Origo
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Mar 15, 09

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Read in March, 2009

The diary of Iris Origo, an Anglo-American married to an Italian landowner, is a wonderful account of life in the Tuscan countryside during World War II. It starts quietly enough, with the war a safe distance away, but nonetheless always in her thoughts. As the war approaches the Val D'Orcia, the tone of her writing remains calm even as the magnitude of the devastation reaches unbelievable levels. Through Origo's diary, you get the sense that there were good Germans and bad Germans, good Fascists and bad Fascists, good Italians and bad Italians; in short, she was witnessing ordinary human dramas that just happened to be part of the bigger picture we know as the second world war.
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