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Astoria: A Novel (Prose Series) Paperback – March, 1995

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Readers may ask what makes this work a novel; it could be called an autobiographical/philosophical treatise, a reminiscence, or a "voyage of discovery." Viscusi (English and American literature, Brooklyn Coll.) is teaching in Paris when be begins to compare his new environment to his "hometown," Astoria, Queens. Reflecting at length about the past while hoping to explain it in terms of the future, he recalls his childhood days, considering how his early surroundings have affected him. An extremely cerebral work with long, convoluted sentences, this book will appeal to readers who relish extensive philosophical ruminations.?Ellen R. Cohen, Rockville, Md.
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Astoria speaks from the heart of the Italian American silence. -- Gay Talese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Prose Series
  • Paperback: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Guernica Editions (March 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920717934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920717936
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,767,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Robert Viscusi's Astoria takes on the difficult question of how to tell the story of the Italian immigration to the United States without falling into the sludgepot of cliches that writers on this topic usually employ. Viscusi tells the story of the Italians in America as if it were an episode of the French revolution. This unlikely strategy produces a narrative that deals with all of the familiar issues, but always in a way that is both fresh and surprising. This is a novel for people who would rather think than merely to have their preconceptions stroked. writers will be mining this book for years.
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Format: Paperback
This strange windy novel is overly verbose. It starts out with conviction and one expects it will be better than it turns out being in the long run. It wanders and the experiment it encompasses just doesn't work. This author has the sort of mind that enjoys itself too much. The prose is overly self-conscious and the story lacks emotional conviction. Viscusi is a self-involved writer. He neeeds to connect in a more human way and not be so overly, self-consciously intellectual and verbose. There is wasted skill here. [Your age button is broken. I'm actually 51 years old and I've read enormously much, but the button won't let me enter my true age.]
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Wildman. Viscusi's prose is profound and free. Sentences wind into paragraphs and the reader must seat-belt in and take the ride. There are teachable moments in this book that changed my life, my view of myself of an Italian-American. This book defines "Astoria" in terms of an etiology of the word, and its metaphorical meaning as an American neighborhood of immigrant families. The making of the freedom of these sentences and paragraphs is astounding.

forever,
Annie

Annie Lanzillotto
author of "L is for Lion: an italian bronx butch freedom memoir" SUNY Press
and "Schistsong" BORDIGHERA Press

www.annielanzillotto.com

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