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Sicily: A Short History, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra (English Edition) Format Kindle
Description du produit
Biographie de l'auteur
John Julius Norwich was born in 1929. After National Service, he took a degree in French and Russian at New College, Oxford. In 1952 he joined the Foreign Service, serving at the embassies in Belgrade and Beirut and with the British Delegation to the Disarmament Conference at Geneva.
His publications include The Normans in Sicily; Mount Athos (with Reresby Sitwell); Sahara; The Architecture of Southern England; Glyndebourne; and A History of Venice. He is also the author of a three-volume history of the Byzantine Empire. He has written and presented some thirty historical documentaries for television, and is a regular lecturer on Venice and numerous other subjects.
Lord Norwich is former chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund, co-chairman of the World Monuments Fund and a former member of the Executive Committee of the National Trust. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Geographical Society and the Society of Antiquaries, and a Commendatore of the Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana. He was made a CVO in 1993.--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition hardcover.
Revue de presse
Norwich tells the long, sad but fascinating story with sympathy and brio (Literary Review)
Norwich is an authoritative historian, but his writing is charmingly personal . . . Sicily's political history is full of some much turbulence it's sometimes hard to keep track of the battles, murders and successions, but Norwich sketches personalities vividly . . . Norwich calls this book his 'valediction' to Sicily: he does the island and the reader a generous service in providing such an amiable introduction (Sunday Telegraph)
John Julius Norwich, as he explains, began his writing career with a focus on Sicily during its Norman era, and now he has returned to produce this riotous, thoughtful journey through the island's rich and varied history . . . Norwich has produced an entertaining narrative (BBC History Magazine)
Norwich is a perfectly informed guide (Week)
Norwich combines authority with charmingly personal flair (Daily Telegraph) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition hardcover.
Détails sur le produit
- ASIN : B00PW5V3L8
- Éditeur : John Murray (7 mai 2015)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 4866 KB
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 385 pages
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It's evident that the author loves Sicily, and particularly its works of art and architecture, and imagine that many who read the book are prompted by similar emotions and are reading the book in order to understand why they were created. Me too. However, he sometimes lets this take over the narrative. An example is the book's handling of the aftermath of the earthquake of 1690 which devastaed much of the SE corner of the island. Norwich describes its impact but we get no picture of how it affected economic and social life and for how long, how reonstruction was organised and paid for in an era long before states took responsibility for such matters. Instead there are several pages of what amounts to a gazetteer about the rebuilt towns.
The chapters that most irritated me most (and which I found myself just skimming) were those describing in detail the activities of non-Sicilians - Nelson, Montgomery, Patton - who were involved with Sicily because of the world wars in which they were military leaders. There are plenty of books about these wars. What's important surely in a history of Sicily is the impact the wars had on the Sicilians. I was really interested in the tale of U.S. deals with the Mafia to ease the invasion of Sicily and would rather have known more about the impact of this than about Monty and Patton's petty rivalries. I was also very diappointed that the book pretty well stops after about 1950. I want to know about the last 70 years.
I gave it a second star because it's well written, if you like your history to be kings and queens and what they got up to.
When I retired and lived half the year in Palermo, this book opened my eyes and grabbed my soul.
This book also covers 1860-1990. This content is interesting, but there are many other books about those tumultuous and dangerous days. If you seek a participant's view of the Mafia I recommend (amongst many other books) "Fighting the Mafia" by LeoLuca Orlando, a Professor of Law, who was Mayor of Palermo for many years and contributed so much leadership to levering the power of the Mafia OUT of the corridors of City Hall, and attracting the investment to rebuild Palermo centre into the tremendous visitor destination it is today.
The period of Muslim rule in Sicily is thrown away in a couple of sentences.
This is a poor book and a waste of time.