On Persephone's Island

Mary Taylor Simeti, Author Alfred A. Knopf $18.95 (5p) ISBN 978-0-394-54988-0
An American married to a Sicilian professor and ancestral farm owner, Simeti with her family divides the year between Palermo and the countryside. In a beautifully written journal covering one year, she records with an artist's eye the rhythm of the seasons, the extremes of climate and contrasts between the lush coastal region, wheatlands and the mountainous, more barren interior of the island. With a useful historical perspective on Sicily's blend of civilizations, she also provides lively insights into the character of its people, their social and burial customs and festivals, some of them of Greek, Arab or Norman origin. The author appears to have retained an American independent spirit while immersing herself in an alien society and mastering the practical demands of rural existence. That her sensitivity to the charms of her adoptive land does not blind her to its shortcomings makes her a most reliable guide. Illustrations. (April 7)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1986
Release date: 03/01/1986
Paperback - 352 pages - 978-0-679-76414-4
Paperback - 5 pages - 978-0-86547-282-2
Open Ebook - 216 pages - 978-0-307-77311-1
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