Breathe To Read

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

2016 Challenge - Book 45 - Calabrian Tales

Whoa.  Has it been almost a month since blogged on here?  Thankfully it is almost summer vacation for the kids and there will be more time to read.

I finished this book about a week ago (took me forever to get through due to busy schedules), and then forgot to blog it.

The book is:  Calabrian Tales

It is under the category:  A  Book Written By An Author With Your Nationality.

I did one better - I did one from the actual place my grandma was from in Italy - Calabria.

This is the story of the author's family from the late 1800s in Calabria, Italy.  The story involves his great aunt - who was a mistress to a very rich man, his father - who fled Italy for the US when he was young, and several other family members who were very poor in Italy.  It talks of the hardships they faced at that time in Italy, and what happened when some of them left for the United States.  Most of the book was written from stories his grandmother told him.

It was a pretty good book.  Not very well written, but I enjoyed the stories and how all the people intertwined in the book.  Many of his family members were farmers who worked from dawn to dusk every day of the week and still didn't have enough food to make it through the winter.  They had to give olive oil to the Dons in order to "pay rent".  Their lives were very hard and not rewarding at all.  I wish I would have asked my grandmother to tell me more stories while she was still alive, so that I would know what it was like for her parents and grandparents growing up in such a place.

Stars: 3 1/2

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