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Overall I would be hesitant to recommend this to non Italians and probably would not to ...
on July 10, 2014
I was looking forward for this title to arrived and when it did I jumped enthusiastically right in. Ah but I didn’t get too far and realized how it was going to go, I’ve seen it before so I won’t make this too long. First off the book is written at a fifth grade level and it becomes obvious why…the author seems to be stuck emotionally at that level. Second, the author is surprisingly anti-catholic, maybe from some juvenilely perceived “bad experience” or from a lack of spiritual understanding/development of an interior life, I don’t know, but to the point of being highly disrespectful and insulting to the millions of faithful Italian American Catholics out there. Thirdly, it is a typical Italian American sell out story, some who grew up with it all, the people, the culture, the neighborhood and left for greener and WASP pastures and is now sentimental for it all. Overall I would be hesitant to recommend this to non Italians and probably would not to faithful Italians-Americans who cherish there heritage and culture more than on a sentimental superficial level.