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Mafia, Peasants and Great Estates: Society in Traditional Calabria Paperback – March 19, 2009

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (March 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052127219X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521272193
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,656,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vivid study of social formations in southern Italy during the first half of this century that challenges established ideas about the homogeneous nature of Mediterranean peasant society and proffers a new understanding of how traditional societies are structured. -- Book Description --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Text: English, Italian (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Saverino on June 17, 2012
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This book was almost impossible to read. Although the original may have been intelligently written in Italian, the translation appears not to have been done by a translator who has any knowledge of the English language; perhaps it was run through translation software or was literally translated, word for word, in round-about sentences. Here is a sample:

"The central axis of social relations was always the broad layer of middle commercial and agricultural bourgeoisie which we analyzed roughly in the preceeding pages, but that only within an ambit of general movement which permitted no establishment of a stable framework of classes and status groups nor lasting coagulations within each class." (p. 89)

The entire book is written like this!

Likewise, there are countless charts that don't really make much sense. Perhaps they were explained, but I couldn't tell.

In his notes, the translator indicates that Orson Welles stated that one should not use a big word when a small one would do. Never mind the LENGTH of words... he clearly doesn't understand sentence structure or the appropriate selection of English terms himself.

The purpose of language is to communicate, and this book is unable to do so. Buyer beware!
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