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Given Away, a Sicilian Upbringing
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Conflicted: I confess to feeling conflicted about Tina’s mother, Sarina. Although towards the end of the book, she strives to be a better mother for her youngest two children, it doesn’t quite forgive the way she was at the beginning with her other children. Sarina does have moments when she feels some levels of guilt for giving Tina away, but it’s not powerful enough for her to insist on getting her back from Vittoria. It’s only when she’s nee ...more
"...not Chick-lit. BUT it's a book for chicks and a great lit."
That's How Marianna pitched to the blog. And by those words I thought to myself, "Hmm... why not give this not-chick-lit a try."
Great, great book. So I am going to write the shortest review.
Set in the era of 'Il Duce' regime when Italy was a bloc of fascists and illiterates, Marianna drops in tidbits of info during the period and keeps us informed about the political events as years pass by. Suc ...more
Although at one moment or another the story spoke of other family members, it revolved more around Tina—who was the main character.
It's a story of hardships, love, and loss, but mostly of survival of a Sicilian family during the 2nd World War. Tina was the one that was ultimately given away. Though in her younger years she didn't understand it, in her teen years she came to understand the concept of 'going on vacation'. One from which sh ...more
Given Away is a wonderful novel about the strength of the human spirit. Marianna writes a compelling novel based on actual events that took place in her own family, and the descriptive details pull you into pages. What an ingenious form of writing, using family stories to instruct the reader about World War 2 history as well as give details about Sicilian culture. As I followed Little Tina's struggle to survive not only in a war torn country but in the confinemen ...more
By Gale D'Onofrio - See all my reviews
This review is from: Given Away, A Sicilian Upbringing (Kindle Edition)
As I was reading it brought me back to the days my grandmother would talk about. It's a beautiful story.
“Given Away, A Sicilian Upbringing” is the chronicle of a lost childhood, written with a tight, journalistic style, reminiscent of a diary; and of the diary ...more
As I started into the book,, I was expecting a novel of great proportions, given the subject matter, but in this area I felt the book did not deliver. Instead of being the story I expected, it read more like a social history/personal account of the period covered, and how conditions were living under Mussolini. This in itself, led to a very interesting ...more
The reviews of this book are totally hyped up and it seems like the author used her friends to make her writing credible. This book is marketed as a novel, and yet it reads like a poor biography, filled with he said, she said, he did, she did type of phrasing. Furthermore, Randazzo doesn't use proper grammar and doesn't bother to show, ...more