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The Sacco Gang

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  303 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Raffadali, provincia di Agrigento, anni Venti del Novecento. I fratelli Sacco sono passati dalla miseria nera a una vita dignitosa di contadini con quattro salme di terra. Sono uomini liberi, di idee socialiste, hanno il senso dello Stato, si sono fatti da sé seguendo l’esempio del padre Luigi che li ha allevati nella cultura del lavoro e del rispetto degli altri e che ha ...more
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Published July 17th 2018 by Blackstone Audio (first published 2013)
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Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Sacco Gang" describes the "Western di cose nostre", or the literary equivalent of the spaghetti western. & what a cinematic treat this is!

Written by your favorite English/History teacher professor, it is wisely anticlimactic in parts that makes it like reading a historical non-fiction. (It is.) It goes by so fast in a somewhat Encyclopedic demeanor, which isn't really a bad thing.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italiana, real, storica
“Un western di cose nostre”

Qual è il risultato che si ottiene opponendosi alle richieste fatte dalla mafia?

Nell’ordine, ad ogni rinuncia di collaborare, si succedono:

a) Minacce tramite lettere anonime
b) Atti intimidatori (incendi di proprietà, rapimenti...)
c) Attentati

E se ancora v’incaponite (apperò! Che teste dure!!), allora ve la siete voluta e la questione si fa più scaltra: si uccide e si fa ricadere la colpa su di voi.
D’altra parte si è mai sentito che la mafia fatichi a trovare testim
Richard Levine
Dec 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
I've read and enjoyed two of Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano mysteries, but this book was just astoundingly bad. Either a true crime story, or historical fiction based on a true story -- I honestly don't know which -- it's pretty much devoid of any of the humor or style of the Montalbano novels, and by the end I was totally confused about whether author Camilleri concluded that the Sacco brothers did or didn't commit the crimes for which they were convicted, or whether his final answer was "who ...more
The Wild, Wild West (of Sicily)
Review of the English translation (2018) of the Italian language original La banda Sacco (2013)

This was a very compelling historical fiction novella situated in the Sicily of the early Mussolini years of the 1920's. Mussolini's anti-Mafia enforcer Cesare Mori has a role to play but the bulk of the story is built on a faux-non-fiction of an honest family of Sicilian brothers forced to become outlaws when persecuted by both the Mafia and the authorities.

Camilleri bui
Anne Goodwin
Gun-toting outlaws given to looting, hold-ups, burglary and stealing livestock or a courageous band of brothers battling for what’s right? So asks Andrea Camilleri in this fact-based historical novella about the consequences of standing up to the Mafia in 1920s Sicily.
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Based on historical documents, this novella reads like nonfiction and relates the tale of Sicily's Sacco brothers, socialists on the Mafia-controlled island, who fought organized crime back in the 1920s. Fascinating story with richly developed characters (good and bad); a twisted plot with lots of political and social details, and strongly viewed issues; written in a graceful, informative style; disturbing tone, grim, gritty, sobering; an unhurried pace that includes myriad details; framed by de ...more
David Gómez
Andrea Camilleri quiere seguir dejando constancia, quiere que perdure en la memoria los hechos acaecidos en el pequeño pueblo de Raffadali en la Sicilia gobernada por la Cosa Nostra que como apunta el escritor: «la mafia no sólo mata, sino que, allí donde el Estado está ausente, también condiciona y trastorna irreparablemente la vida de las personas.».
Creo que la novela es un grito del escritor, una llamada de atención para que no se baje la guardia, para que se esté alerta y no se tenga que ut
Ali Lafferty
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting story, bad translation. Oops
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, italy
This is the allegedly true account of an honest and hard working family in Sicily in the early 20th century whose lives and livelihood were destroyed by the mafia in connivance with the corrupt and ineffectual state. The family, through their persistent hard work, had managed to build successful businesses, and refused to pay the mafia extortion money. In retaliation the mafia threatened them repeatedly, burned their farm buildings, attempted to steal their livestock, damaged their orchards, and ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a brisk history of the Sacco family, based on their family papers. Luigi Sacco had started life as a field peasant, but through hard work and a knowledge of pistachio trees, had built up a prosperous business and by the mid-1920s, he also had a large, equally hard-working, family. In Raffadali, where they lived in Sicily, the family was known to be kind, fair and law-abiding, running their business by mild socialist principles. Unfortunately, the prosperity and the socialism would bring ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este es el primer libro de historia que me ha gustado leer y que lo he disfrutado.
La historia es de los hermanos Sacco, que prefirieron pelear que dejar que la mafia los gobierne.
Es una historia que se lee rápido, es fluida, un poco confuso con todos los nombres que dan, pero de ahí en fuera todo bien.
Una de las razones por las que me gustó este libro es que te muestran la cruda realidad de la pelea entre los fascistas y los socialistas, sobre como la mafia tenía en sus manos al gobierno
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was a little wrong footed by the style of writing at the start, as this is a report, a non-fiction account of historical events, rather than a novel which I was expecting.

Once over the change in style I was shocked and appalled at this tale of suffering, ostracism and injustice caused by ‘the octopus’ of the Sicilian Mafia in the 1920s.
Reality gives the tale weight and horror.

The story is progressive and structured and boldly told with little explicit imagery, but there is a powerful emergen
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was not part of the Camilleri series, but rather an expose of brothers and their families who are hounded and abused by the Mafia because they will not pay extortion money and, although the village knows they are innocent, the Mafia continue to hound them and blame them for various crimes with the tacit approval of the police who will not stand up to the Mafia themselves. It is a sad tale which continues for years and years as the family is worn down and almost obliterated.

I just found it
Vincent DiGirolamo
Interesting story of how the Mafia criminalizes its opponents. It's told very matter of factly, as opposed to vividly rendered in a narrative. By the end I couldn't tell if this was fiction or journalism. I'm also suspicious of the claim that some Mafiosi were crime families were framed Nor do I really want to accept the proposition that a notorious crime family was wholly innocent. Most assuredly aren't. What do we really know about the Sacco gang? Nicely read by Grover Gardner.
Joaquin Pedro
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este es mi primer libro de Andrea Camilleri y qué soltura para exponer el caso de la familia Sacco, tan vivaz y siempre apegándose a los hechos históricos, por un momento recordé a Ibargüengoitia con el libro de las muertas, tan sublime y sin poder creer como no había respaldo ni por parte de los carabineros (policía) la mafia por otro y la entrada del Fascismo. Realmente no solo me entretuvo sino también aprendí tanto de un país que hoy por hoy a crecido bastante con una cultura basta.
Lee Riggs
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting historical fiction (based on true life events) featuring a Sicilian family's fight against the Mafia in 19th century/early 20th century Sicily. A pretty quick read (very short book) with lots of terrible things happening due to corruption, bad politics, regionoalism and people caught in the cross fire of all the above.
Martin Roberts
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siempre un deleite leer a Camilleri. Este libro cuenta cómo era la mafia siciliana -- la de verdad -- en los años 20 del siglo pasado, su contubernio con el Fascismo, los terratenientes y el estado en general.
3.5 stars. Entertaining as always, the story of the Sacco family battling the Mafia is well-told and illustrates well how justice can be undermined by criminality, venality, and apathy towards public interest by the state.
Mark Healey
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Great details about early 20th century Sicily and the complex interplay between local worlds, the Mafia, and fascism. But the story is ultimately so tragic, and so clearly written with an eye to a myth of social (anti-) banditry in Sicily, that it doesn't quite hold up on its own.
Steve Streeter
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fascinating story based on fact - a family devastated by the mafia in their battle to keep to honesty and truth ...Camileri provides a concise narrative highlighting the atrocities of a corrupt system
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of the Sacco family in Sicily, as told by one of them - Alfonso. Not a work of fiction. I will think of their story -along with the fictional Lord of the Flies- whenever people collectively act against the Common Good. I think the fact that it's not fiction makes it more dreadful.
Belli Mor
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a novella based on actual events that happened in Sicily in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It shows the cruelty of the out of control mafia and the political corruption that has plagued Sicily and Italy for centuries.
Sherry Fyman
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Coming from Camilleri I expected more. The main value in the book was to describe the grip of the mafia on Sicily in the 1920s. Small book (138 pages). Quick read.
Sherry Oliver
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Daniel Polansky
The history of a family of leftists fighting off the mafia and the Fascists in rural Italy. It was fine.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very good!
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was interesting but very dry.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an engaging story. It’s not a huge amount more than the facts laid end to end with a little speculation, but it’s a decent read. I had a good time with it.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great true story of a family in Sicily that faught the Mafia in the 1920's and 1930's
Juan Jiménez García
Andrea Camilleri. Una historia complicada

La historia de los Sacco comienza a mitad del siglo XIX, cuando su padre, Luigi, que tan solo era un muchacho espabilado y feliz, empieza a trabajar en el campo. La vida, su carácter le irán permitiendo hacer algo de dinero e incluso tener sus propias tierras. Tendrá cinco hijos y una hija, y como ocurre en aquellos tiempos, todos deberán dedicarse a trabajar, excepto el pequeño (que dejará testimonio de su historia). Habilidosos como el padre, logran que
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Andrea Camilleri (born september 6, 1925 in Porto Empedocle) was an Italian writer. He is considered one of the greatest Italian writers of both 20th and 21st centuries.

Originally from Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Camilleri began studies at the Faculty of Literature in 1944, without concluding them, meanwhile publishing poems and short stories. Around this time he joined the Italian Communist Party.

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