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Simeti feels the isolation of being an expatriate and outsider, although she claims to welcome this perspective when faced with frustration and disgust at the pervading political corruption and corrosive effects of the Mafia on everyday life. Despite her natural diffidence, she shares personal insights that makeOn Persephone's Island as compelling as her prose. Simeti intersperses rich helpings of Sicilian history and culture with mundane events and insight into what motivates the peasants essential to the survival of the family farm. And she makes pessimistic observations about the complexity of changing times in a society where the persistent reliance on feudal relationships and agriculture is finally crumbling.
An academic manqué, Simeti researches and ruminates on the mythological underpinnings of the many holidays and festivals that punctuate the rhythm of Sicilian life. She focuses particularly on the Greek goddesses Persephone and Demeter, who held Sicily under their protection. She eventually discovers a correlation between her own situation and the story of Persephone, who alternately inhabited the worlds of light and darkness.
Interesting story about an American living her life in Sicily. It has ups and down thoughPublished 10 days ago by Pat Elliott
A very interesting look into the history of Sicily where my family is from.Published 21 days ago by Audrey Capp
I fouind much of this very slow-going and way too much detail to be an enjoyable read. I got lost in the multiple holidays, horticulture and the many family outings (this is why I... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Mirielle
Lyrical, magical and fluid, this book reads beautifully. But it is like a stream of consciousness with no focus and it seems to ramble at times.Published 3 months ago by Susan
What a clear, concise accounting of an American girl's transition to Sicilian bride, wife and then, mother. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Janice I. Sovinee
I found this book by looking at Amazon offerings about Sicily. I borrowed it through interlibrary loan and decided I must have it in my permanent collection. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Karen E. Datko
Beautifully written, poetic. Not a page-turner per so, but I read it through steadily on a recent trip to Sicily. If definitely lent richer, deeper meaning to my experiences.Published 7 months ago by B. Pace
Wish she had defined all the Sicilian words immediately after the words. My children will not understand the Sicilian words as they read the book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by DAVID G. ANTHONY