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Tomato Rhapsody by Adam Schell
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Jun 08, 09

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Read in June, 2009

Set in 16th century Italy, 'Tomato Rhapsody' is a story you won't soon forget. The strange cast of charaters includes Davido and his grandfather (two Jews in the minority amongst a country of Catholics), Mari and her evil stepfather and cripled mother, a massively large Good Padre whose skin has been dyed the color of an eggplant, Bobo the jester and his puppet Bobolito, a man whose left testicle was eaten by a goose, and the Duke of Tuscany and his son Gian who wears a dress.

As we learn about each of the character, we read tales of how the tomato came to Italy from the New World, how the first tomato sauce was made (what they do with it is hysterical), and the oddest customs you've ever heard of surrounding the Feast in their little village.

A very sweet romance is at the heart of this story, a comedy that would have Shakespeare laughing his butt off.
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