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On Persephone's Island: A Sicilian Journal Paperback – September 26, 1995
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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.
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I heartily recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn about the real Sicily.
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A great recount of an expatriate's journey of her life in Sicily. Mary Taylor Simeti writes in such a way that your senses are awaken as you read.Published 1 month ago by John Salemi
I realize this wonderful book is not a travelogue on Sicily. More it is a beautifully written and thoughtful snapshot of a person's life on a fascinating island. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alison M Emmons
It really made me wonder if she had any idea what she was getting in when she went to Sicily immediately after college, married and settled there to live a very different life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a wonderfully written personal view of a complex island.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting story about an American living her life in Sicily. It has ups and down thoughPublished 9 months ago by Pat Elliott
A very interesting look into the history of Sicily where my family is from.Published 9 months 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 9 months ago by Mirielle