Sicily, It's Not Quite Tuscany

Sicily, It's Not Quite Tuscany

Large Print - 2012
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Publisher: [Sydney] : Read How You Want/Accessible, [2012].
Edition: EasyRead large print ed.
ISBN: 9781459641969
Characteristics: 457 p. (large print) : map ; 26 cm.
Alternative Title: Sicily, it is not quite Tuscany


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VanessaCCL Oct 08, 2012

"This is the story of an Aussie couple who sought a Mediterranean sea change only to find themselves in the sprawling Sicilian city of Catania, the 'anti-Tuscany' of Italy. There, any romantic visions they'd had of restoring a villa or stamping their entwined feet in vats of Chianti grapes disappeared faster than the chief witness in a Cosa Nostra trial. Shamus and Gill's tiny apartment in Catania was located in a grim neighbourhood opposite a triple-X cinema and a shop selling coffins; nearby Mount Etna erupted soon after their arrival; a mystery ailment left Shamus in a neck brace; they crashed a Vespa and had regular dealings with at least one Mafioso. This, then, is an Italian sea change with grit. But it's also a story of optimism, endurance and acceptance, an exploration of the minutiae of Sicilian culture, history, food and religion, and an example of how to find beauty and humour in the most unexpected of places." Next Reads Armchair Travel October 2012 Newsletter

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