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Maggio, a former science writer at the Los Alamos National Scientific Laboratory, first traveled to her ancestral island in her early 30s. On the rocky coast of Favignana she witnessed her first mattanza, an unexpected "font of primal energy, beauty, and suffering, all in a tiny square of sea." After observing the coordinated efforts of the fishermen, who battled to drive the three-quarter-ton fish into a carefully constructed maze of net traps, Maggio came to develop an appreciation for the hunt in Sicilian village life. It is a ritual as laden with meaning as the buffalo hunt in Plains Indian cultures.
Maggio's memoir of life, death, and hard work in a dangerous sea joins with Peter Matthiessen's Men's Lives as a thoughtful study in human ecology. --Gregory McNamee
I WOULD LOVE TO READ THIS BOOK. MOST OF MY FAMILY IS FROM SICILY. KATHY BILELLO THEWESPublished 4 months ago by Kathryn Thewes
I did not anticipate that I would find the story of the mattanza off the island of Favignana so fascinating. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Karen E. Datko
Via Amazon - Excellent service, prompt delivery, excellent condition
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Would use again.
What a pity this books seems to have dropped from print. Forget Mayle and Mayes with their renovated houses and expensive habits, and gushing nonsense. Read morePublished on May 17, 2004 by Dan Kostopulos
I picked up this book as part of my recent Mediterranean travel book kick.
The book is more romance than reportage, as Maggio tries to capture the life, rhythm, rituals,... Read more
This woman is a great writer. she brings you right to
the subject at hand, this one being an ancient fishing
rite, populated by real, breathing (sexy sometimes) men. Read more
An interesting and absorbing story about a life style centuries old that is on the verge of disappearing. Read morePublished on August 19, 2000 by R. J. Marsella
Fishing stories occasionally transcend the type to achieve the status of literature. The Old Man and the Sea, and A River Runs Through It are two good examples. Read morePublished on August 7, 2000 by Joe Basilone
This is a book from the heart. A portrait of a culture on the cusp of destruction, told by a writer of rare poetic gifts. Read morePublished on July 25, 2000