Ninetta, Peppina, Teresa, Cettina and the others whose stories are the heart of Ann Cornelisen's deeply From the author of the acclaimed Torregreca comes this evocation of the women of southern Italy--that land below Naples etched in blazing sunlight and bitter black shadows--and the passionate, painful, ribald, heart-rending, heroic existence the land has forced upon them. Ninetta, Peppina, Teresa, Cettina and the others whose stories are the heart of Ann Cornelisen's deeply humane, unflinchingly honest chronicle, emerge from the shadows in their own words, in the author's sift-moving narratives and piercing descriptions, and in her haunting photographs.
We meet them as fresh-faced children, follow them through adolescence, see them as mothers struggling through series of pregnancies, and know them as burnt-out grandmothers at forty.
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In a time when most of their men have been forced to leave for the factories of the industrial North, the women remain behind, working in the fields under the broiling summer sun, enduring hunger and lack of privacy and desperation, sometimes scheming to break free, always keeping life going. The author forces her "raging fear of social myths and the tragic, shambling chaos their manipulation can create," a fear born out of her long, firsthand knowledge of her subject.
She writes as a woman who has won the trust of the diffident, cautious women she has lived among in the mountainous villages of Lucania, evolving a rapport that has given her an extraordinary understanding of their interior lives. The result is one of those rare books that, as Paul Bailey wrote in The New Statesman of Torregreca, "makes us proud to belong to the human race. Get A Copy.
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This is the story of five women struggling with poverty in the post-war years in the south of Italy. It depicts their tremendous strengths and frustrations in trying to provide for their families. The author lived among them for many years. Feb 25, Sally Edsall rated it really liked it Shelves: history , italy.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have read the previous two reviews, and think I sit between them. The book is a product of the age in which it was written - the early s. Much of what is s I have read the previous two reviews, and think I sit between them. Much of what is said chimes with that of my Sicilian village grandmother-in-law. They in turn subject their children to the same. And occasionally wach other, as disputes become physical as well as violently verbal on occasion. Punishment is meted out with measured silences as well as cutting words and physicality.
In the end it is the monotonous drudgery of work and the search dor it which is the major thing that sticks.
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There is not even the hint of the possibility that it may be fulfilling work though there is the occasional act of defiance in refusing types of work which are deemed to be indignified. And if not money, social standing.
But never in nay sense personal fulfillment. Put any label on it. It amounts to the same thing: we do whatever noone else has done. Men work and talk about politics. We do the rest. Why should we do all the work and not decide?
Call that power, if you want to. The schools taught them that.
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Taught them their rights. They may starve waiting like signore [ladies]. If you want something you work and sometimes even then Set in the same villages, years later, but not much had changed. In my Vintage edition there are beautiful photographs taken by the author. Not of the actual women we meet, but evocative of the themes. May 05, Beverly rated it did not like it.
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There is no doubt in my mind that life in Southern Italian villages was difficult and that a great many people struggled. That being said Ann Cornelisen's perspective is terribly one sided and biased. She writes from a typically feminist, humorless, and atheistic perspective. I know intimately what the life was like from my family. I was raised by a Calabrian grandmother and surrounded by her southern Italian friends. The Chinese lore given is not official. Check translation.
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