Elegant biography of a noble Sicilian ancestor of the author in the second half of the 19th century. Not least because of her red hair aunt Costanza Safamita it has to be a girl and young woman accepted heavy. Her own unhappy mother shows her the cold shoulder. But promoted and protected by a loving Father, thanks to their intelligence and their indomitable character puts her head through against opposition within the extended family and in society. In the course of this development, she learns all the ups and downs know their time. In the end, they achieved at least “un certo equilibrio”, “trova la tranquillità a casa sua”, “si conforta” in the limits they accept must.
In the background of the individual fates we suspect the upheavals of era, transported by inadequacies of the very different brothers Costanza and her own partner. In many scenes we read about work, life circumstances and views of “ordinary people” in the countryside and in the palaces of Palermo. Prepares
Simonetta Agnello Hornby’s great, precise, patient style of writing lasting enjoyment. The author joins concisely designed small scenes together, and how they vignettes remain in the memory stick. Vocabulary and grammar are impeccable and sophisticated; occasional Sicilian phrases create authenticity and heat (without the understanding to make it difficult). (The link can be found below to the German edition.)
The old-fashioned chapter headings consist of a Sicilian proverb, and a pithy summary of the chapter content – they are alone a reading pleasure for themselves, and there are 84 Piece! As with their other family novels also provides Simonetta Agnello Hornby to the reader a structured compilation of the clan members, including their staff with, that he does not lose track – molto gentile, signora
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