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In the final weeks of 1938, in the shadow of Kristallnacht and imminent war, a heartsick Italian maestro wrote a love song called "Tu Solamente Tu." Its lyrics lamented his forced separation from his wife, the Hungarian ballerina Margit Wolf, in the wake of Mussolini's edict banishing foreign Jews from Italy. The song, first recorded by Vittorio de Sica in 1939, catapulted ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published March 4th 2012 by Pale Fire Press
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Kim
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this book on Audible.com which was provided to me for my honest review.

I loved listening to this story and the narration was very easy listening as the readers voice was perfect for the character. The story follows a ballerina through her hardships and love (infatuation which is not always returned) with the Italian composer. As Margit is forced to separate from her husband when the Nazis invade the story takes a turn and she is clinging for life and also suffers a separation from
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Amy Shannon
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just sit back and listen

I enjoyed this book through the audio copy and it took my breath away. I loved just sitting back and listening to the magnificent narration of You, Fascinating You. It's the first book of this author's that I've had the honor of listening to (or reading) and I was impressed. The story of the ballerina Margit, and her true love, her maestro taking years to reconnect, during one of the hardest eras in history. It's a powerful story, and listening to this you can really feel
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Lorri
You, Fascinating You, by Germaine W. Shames, is not your average love story or average story of how love inspires musical compositions. It is a novel regarding the true story of the Hungarian ballerina Margit Wolf and the man who would become her husband, Pasquale Frustaci. He was known as “the Italian Cole Porter”, and was widely renowned for writing the song, You, Fascinating You, the book’s title.

Margit Wolf is an aspiring ballerina, extremely dedicated and passionate regarding ballet as a pr
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A.F.
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You, Fascinating You by Germaine Shames is a graceful, haunting book that brings its small part of history to life vividly. As a reader you find yourself immersed in a world full of happiness, sadness and looming terror perfectly realised on the page.

The book is a fictionalized account of the lives of Hungarian ballerina Margit Wolf and Italian composer Pasquale Frustaci aka “the Italian Cole Porter”. You, Fascinating You breathes soul into their life story, amidst the European setting before, d
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Jade
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story based on the lives of Margit Wolf, a Hungarian ballerina, and Pasquale Frustaci, an Italian composer and eventually their son Cesare Frustaci, absolutely amazing! It shouldn’t be a surprise I suppose that Margit Wolf was as strong a woman as she was based just on the fact that she was a ballerina which, I think, is one of the most disciplined of the arts… but the horrors she, and so many others, had to endure are beyond comprehension! The love she felt for Pasquale, deserved or not, w ...more
Barbara Conelli
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love books that are based on real-life stories, reflect the modern history of the world, are connected to the arts and are excellently written. Germaine’s “You, Fascinating You” has all these ingredients, and much more.

In this book, Germaine explores the life and love story of Hungarian ballerina Margit and Italian composer Pasquale. Torn apart by the fury of World War II, they struggled and survived, becoming eternal thanks to Pasquale’s famous song “Tu, solamente tu”. As the book tagline say
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Stephanie
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love historical ficton so this book was perfect for me!! I really enjoyed it!
Natalie Riddle Benner
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Erin Clark
The most interesting thing to me about this story is the slow and creepy build up of the Nazi regime under Adolf Hitler. It was slow and insidious and it makes me think of our own Presidents unbelievable win this last November, something I am not happy about. I understand that the author wanted to honor the ballerina Margit Wolf by telling her story but I don't know if she really accomplished this goal as when we come to the end of the story we find that her 'husband' if he really was her husban ...more
Karen Conner
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I found the beginning of this one to be a bit slow. I kept hanging in there, and in the end, it was an interesting and sad book. At first, it seems a love story, but the truth is not as happy. I wish it had told more of Margit's survival and her journey to find her son, but overall, I enjoyed it. 3.5 stars.
Chris Galle
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
“Behind every great love song is an unforgettable woman.” There's is no better way to sum up this novel, that starts as a love story set against the background of the music and ballet scene of the thirties in Italy. The young Hungarian ballerina Margit Wolf falls in love with an Italian composer. He writes this beautiful love song for her, that we may all know in the version of Glenn Miller. (You can listen here: http://germainewrites.com/hear-the-song/ )
But as the Mussolini regime is closing do
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Pale Fire Press
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unforgettable.
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Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Germaine Shames has written from six continents--soon to add the seventh--on topics ranging from the Middle East crisis to Aboriginal land rights, from the struggle to save the Amazon to the plight of street children.

Shames is author of the critically-acclaimed novel Between Two Deserts (Macadam/Cage Publishing), two earlier nonfiction books, six musical stage plays, three operas, and three featu
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