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- Print Length: 234 pages
- Publisher: S & H Publishing, Inc. (March 15, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 15, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06X1DV3GV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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A seven year old girl tests the reality of her inner wolf while searching for God, a good-natured fellow inexplicably volunteers to guide a total stranger on an eighteenth-century phantom chase, a modern-day sleuth investigates a gruesome crime that might not be one... That kind of thing.
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I loved this short story for so many reasons because it opened up a floodgate of childhood memories for me and made the telling deeply meaningful. I am a proud member of a 2nd generation Italian-American family and the memories and traditions of Holiday gatherings, the visits with my aunts, uncles and cousins, the sounds, smells and laughter are all a cherished part of me. The laughter and the squeals of pure childhood joy remain in my heart. Time has taken away many of the wonderful and loving family members from my circle but time has also added the blessings of new family members. This story is a retelling of all that is a part of me.
The magic and the wonder that is the essence of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is the thread that binds this delightful story of an Italian family's history and traditions over the course of 70 years.The story opens with death of the family patriarch, a position of great importance in the Italian family, on Christmas Eve. He is a beloved member, not only of his family but the community as well, and is widely known for his beautiful, handcrafted marionettes. The joy that his 5 "pine children" brought to both his family and the village people is his legacy but also presented a dilemma to his family. What will happen to the marionettes now that their Master is gone? Should the marionettes be buried with him or shall they be saved for future generations? No one knew what to do or how to give life to these marionettes quite the way that the Master did. The Master's son decides to lovingly place the 5 marionettes in a blue, beautifully decorated box. It is there that the marionettes remain for many years.
70 years later,on a Christmas Eve, the Master's great great grandson discovers the delightful treasure and does something very special on Christmas Day.
Dormire Nella Pace Celeste is a universal story of the circle of life and is a definite must read for you and your family!
Danalle Marie Perrino- Mills- Van Istendal
The first story I read, "Dormir Nella Pace Celeste" by Maria Elizabeth McVoy, is a sweet story about an old Italian puppeteer, or rather the descendants of the puppeteer. The story is divided into short chapters, which at first might seem to chop up the story but actually works. The descriptions of the settings and puppets are vivid. I found myself wanting more details about the story. I think this would make a great book in it's own right, with more detail of course. It would have been nice to know more about Alessandra and Benito; are they twins or simply siblings? That might help explain their connection with each other and the puppets. My one critique would be that the Italian could have been translated a bit. I was able to read most of it from a few trips to Italy but the average person might not. It is a lovely technique to use a few words, but too many can be distracting.
I also read "Peach Pie" by Terry Korth Fischer. This was definitely a short story, but an entertaining one. I can see the story taking place in an old Southern home with the characters in the story. It is an amusing glimpse at what we all may face as we get older. Having had a friend who needed hearing aids, I understood the miscommunication. Now I can't wait for summer and peach season!
The next story was "I Am the Wolf" by Liz Fyne. A strange little tale about a girl who thinks she is a good wolf of an old religious story. I'm not sure what the goal of the author was and perhaps she has had some experience with how the story ended. I would say the wording is choppy, but being told from the point of view of a child, it is probably appropriate.
Lastly, so far, I read "Do You Want Your Soul Back" by Ian Lahey. I have to say so far it is probably my least favorite. It started out with an interesting beginning and with a genre that I usually like to read. About half way through, it got strange and disjointed. Because of that, I don't think the story really had a clear ending.