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* "Reading The Lady of the Wheel, I was reminded of the realistic works of Sicilian writer Giovanni Verga . . .  a compelling narrative about the atrocious living conditions that forced so many Sicilians to migrate to other parts of the world. . . an important contribution to the Italian American narrative in the U.S." - Dr. Kenneth Scambray, in the newspaper L'Italo-Americano (October 2013).

* "Coniglio's work echoes of the great Sicilian writers of 'verismo', Giovanni Verga and Luigi Capuana.": Anthony Di Renzo, in the Italian Americana Journal (Spring 2014)

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In my retirement from engineering and teaching, I took up a search for my roots in Sicily.  The genealogical research I have done to identify my ancestors and those of Sicilian American friends exposed much about the lives of ordinary citizens of Sicily in the 1800s and early 1900s.  Finding an original record of an abandoned child who was taken in by a woman who herself had been a foundling inspired me to write this fictional story about a similar situation.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Legas; first edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881901866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881901860
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very good read.I do my own Sicilian family research and I know alot of research went into this book in regards to life in Sicily,mining and family traditions as well as foundling children.The author uses some Sicilian vocabulary with english translation for some words and phrases.Life in Sicily in 1800's was extremely difficult,this story portrays that honestly.But it also portrays the love of family and endless hope.
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This book describes how unwanted or orphaned babies were dealt with as well as the methods of sulphur mining in Sicily in the 1800's. Anyone who has an interest in these subjects as well as an overall understanding of living conditions in this time and place would profit from reading this book. Since I am researching my Sicilian ancestors who all lived there until late into that century, this book has provided me with a wealth of information and insight. A quick and good read.
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The author has obviously researched this subject thoroughly and the fictional story-line is quite realistic. In a short time you really do begin to feel as though you are living in Sicily in the late 1800's, these were tough times for sure.
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Thank you; this book arrived earlier than the estimated date and is in perfect condition. This will be a very heart rendering read in my continuous love of Sicilian life. I was astonished to see this took place in Racalmuto, where my father was born and raised until he immigrated here to Buffalo, NY with my British mother in 1956. I've only heard a few things about their history and customs and I can't wait to ask him and share this story. I haven't been back there for nearly 40 years but my memories are still fresh from my summer there and our family bonds are still tight. I plan to make there again one day.
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Angelo, thank you for this book. Once I read the blurb I had to read it as my maternal grandparents were from Racalmuto. Growing up with them, I heard so many stories about what life was like there before they emigrated to America.
The book did not let me down. You helped me visualize what Sicily was like at that time. The story is poignant and it holds your interest. I have passed it along to my mom. The Sicilian dialect my grandparents spoke came rushing back to me. When's your next book?
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I thought it was well worth the 12.00 I paid, I would consider it more of a story than a book, can be read in less than an hour.. I found it interesting and informative, a bit of a story book ending but then if the ending was true then I am happy for her. All in all I would buy the book again.
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This book should be read by all who had ancestors that emigrated to the united states from Sicily and by those that want to understand conditions in Sicily during the early years of Italian unification.
When American Booker T. Washington came to Sicily to compare the american slaves with the Sicilian farmers he said..“The Negro is not the man farthest down. The condition of the coloured farmer in the most backward parts of the Southern States of America, even where he has the least education and the least encouragement, is incomparably better than the condition and opportunities of the agricultural population in Sicily.”
The Lady of the Wheel La Ruotaia is a historically correct novel that brings to light how people like my grandparents could have been so brave to leave their country and families forever on a hope that things would be better. Were they brave or just so desperate that they were happy to be anywhere but there? You decide when you read this book.
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Mr. Coniglio has written a wonderful book. Its apparent that he is well versed in the social customs and daily life of 1800's Sicilians.
As someone who has spent a considerable time researching my own Sicilian roots, I found true richness in gaining a better understanding of the struggles my ancestors endured. Mr. Coniglio writings demonstrate a deep respect and love for his culture.
I found great value through reading this and the experience added much more depth and context to my personal quest to learn as much as possible about my ancestors.
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