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Sicilian Summer: A Story of Honour, Religion and the Perfect Cassata Paperback – February 19, 2007

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About the Author

Brian Johnston is a freelance travel and features writer and the author of Boxing with Shadows and Into the Never-Never: Travels in Australia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Edition Unstated edition (February 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741147352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741147353
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,863,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Knowing that we were going to Sicily, about 5 years ago I began to read books to know what to expect both historically and culturally. There is a wealth of books to be read, both fiction and non-fiction, many by famous authors of the past and present. All of them were informative and of interest to a potential tourist regarding places to visit and/or to learn about "the Sicilian character." But Brian Johnston's book, bought recently, was everything I most enjoy in a book, whether fiction or non-fiction. We went to Sicily 3 years ago, and having been to most of the places he writes about, it was wonderful to be reminded of all of the details he noticed that you never learn from a guidebook. The underlying story about the family with whom he stayed described the thinking and customs that make Sicilians unique, and the suspense he built made it read like fiction. What an interesting writing style he has, and how glad I am to own the book (which now knowing how it ends can be re-read more slowly) and will use it for future reference. But be warned--the delicious meals and recipes Mr. Johnston describes will keep you constantly hungry and you'll find yourself in the kitchen, trying them out. Sicily is very special and so is this book.
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Living in Australia, Brian Johnston was invited to accompany a friend who was returning to Sicily for her god-daughter's Confirmation ceremony. The trip wasn't just for the ceremony but to explore for the full summer. In the book Johnston blends the story of the friend's family with the story of Sicily, making a quite interesting analogy between the trajectory of the two. Johnston is a gifted writer, noticing details of the kind I wished I had seen on my vacations. But not only does he describe people so well you think you've met them and sites so clearly you think you've seen them, he works in the history of Sicily so you get an understanding of when and why they were created. This is just a splendid book for someone who is going to visit Sicily, or for someone who just wonders what it's like. The only quirk in the book is his occasional practice of throwing in teaser lines as if the book was a newspaper serial, something like "Things were going well, but that was about to change." But those are only a few sentences is a most enjoyable book. I plan to look for other books by this author!
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I have been reading all the Sicily related books and am happy to report that I enjoyed this one. Not fabulous or wonderful, but I did enjoy it. Worth a read.
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from the cover "voluptuos imagery".

This was a warm and enjoyable read. If you have any interest in sicilian heritage this is a great book to read.If you have a desire to travel to Sicily,this is a must read.Memoir from the author's travel notes.It is humorous,sad and lighthearted.Like visiting with your own relatives. Very enjoyable
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I bought this book not knowing exactly what it was I though it was a light hearted book of travels like Brian Thacker writes it is not. All the smae it was interesting but not my kind of book.
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