By Calogero Lombardo
"I wrote this e-book for the youngsters of the kinfolk who won't ever comprehend what this position was once like," stated Calogero Lombardo. this is often greater than a recollection of formative years thoughts. it really is an attractive and insightful examine the truth of Sicily and Sicilians, written with wit and a feeling of humor.
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Right at the dock! How would you have felt, knowing your family was leaving, without any idea when you would see them again? My father was dumfounded. What had caused this, what had he done? I would explain it to him 38 years later, the part about Joe McCarthy and the witch hunts. Worse than being a communist was being a communist from Sicily. (Read: Mafioso) Once again, an authority who couldn’t speak the language of the people over whom they had authority, making policy. The twentyfive-century history of Sicilian oppression continued repeating itself and the SS Queen Frederica left Palermo for Barcelona and points west, one passenger short of its original manifest.
That kind of cultural, almost genetic rationale would explain the Mussolini rejection. He kept her in comparative luxury, with servants and the proper amount of gold. She loved managing the household, playing the part of General Superintendent of the House with panache and aplomb. ) She loved to do things with a flourish, often ending a speech with a melodramatic gesture. She would never take a picture without setting up a story and a pose to go with it. ” In one picture to her mother in America, she is in the shot giving Mariuzza Schirmenti a letter to post to America.
She was angrier than I was that they were worried more about the form than the substance of keeping my grandmother alive. When they revived her, she had been dead a few, maybe six, minutes. They implanted a pacemaker and she made it through. Seventyone was a bad year for her, as she spent about ten months of it in Saint Joseph Hospital. After that she said that the next time she would go into a hospital would be to die. I did not realize the prophesy of those words until I was writing this account of that year.
Altavilla, Sicily: Memories of a Happy Childhood by Calogero Lombardo