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Sicily, it's Not Quite Tuscany
Author: Shamus Sillar

Product Details:
ISBN: 9781742376790
Format: Paperback
Pages: 420
Dims: 130 x 130
Pub Date: 07-02-12
Pub Country: Australia
Condition: NEW

Description:
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.


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