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Sicilian Odyssey

Sicilian Odyssey A blending of art and cultural criticism travel writing and personal narrative Sicilian Odyssey is Francine Prose s imaginative consideration of the diverse cultural legacies found juxtaposed and e

  • Title: Sicilian Odyssey
  • Author: Francine Prose
  • ISBN: 9780792265351
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A blending of art and cultural criticism, travel writing, and personal narrative, Sicilian Odyssey is Francine Prose s imaginative consideration of the diverse cultural legacies found juxtaposed and entangled on the Mediterranean island of Sicily She writes of the intensity of Sicily, the commitment to the extreme, where the history is colorful, the sun hotter, theA blending of art and cultural criticism, travel writing, and personal narrative, Sicilian Odyssey is Francine Prose s imaginative consideration of the diverse cultural legacies found juxtaposed and entangled on the Mediterranean island of Sicily She writes of the intensity of Sicily, the commitment to the extreme, where the history is colorful, the sun hotter, the cooking earthier, the violence horrific, the carnival raucous, the politics Byzantine than other places on Earth, and how much the island can teach us about the triumph of beauty over violence and life over death.Prose examines architectural sites and objects and looks at the ways in which myth and actuality converge Exploring the intact and beautiful Greek amphitheaters at Siracusa and Taormina, the cathedral at Monreale, the Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina, and some of the masterpieces of the Baroque scattered throughout the island, Prose focuses her keen insight to imagine them in their own time, to examine the evolution and decline of the cultures that produced them, and to deconstruct powerful responses each evokes in her.Illuminated by the author s own photographs, Sicilian Odyssey brings exotic and enigmatic Sicily to life through the prism of its past.

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    1. Francine Prose

      Francine Prose born in 1947 in Brooklyn, New York is an American novelist She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1968, and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1991 She has sat on the board of judges for the PEN Newman s Own Award, and her novel Blue Angel, a satire about sexual harassment on college campuses, was a finalist for the National Book Award She is now teaching at Bard College.For information, please see enpedia wiki Francine

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    1. A few weeks ago my husband and I had dinner with two men who'd come from Cagliari, Sardinia, for a project their company is doing with my husband's. When I told the two Italians my paternal grandfather was born in Sicily, they were genuinely interested and asked me where exactly. When I told them Monreale, they gently corrected my pronunciation and then one of them (more fluent in English than the other) launched into delightful descriptions of the beauty of Sicily. I was so enthralled that I di [...]


    2. A fascinating travel memoir that delves into the history, ethos, culture, art, religion, architecture, people, politics, violence and beauty of Sicily. Francine Prose is a very gifted writer and her language is exquisite. That, paired with the fascinating history of Sicily, kept me riveted. Probably not for everyone because it's not your typical travel memoir. She doesn't reinvent herself, buy an old house and renovate it, or anything like that. She just spends a month in Sicily delving deeply i [...]


    3. A fairly breezy account of a 2002 trip to Sicily by Prose. Appropriately for someone of that name, she writes well, and I liked all the classical references sprinkled through. She's also very good on art and food. Good fodder for our impending trip next year



    4. Overall: 3.5 Stars Star Rating Art:  3 StarsStar Rating Story: 4 Stars   Netgalley Review   First Impression: Yeah, it seems like a comic book based on a game. Art is average.   Plot/Storyline: Reminescent of Divergent. Especially the rooftop scenes. Divergent crossed with Walking Dead.   Characters: Riley and Ellie at least seem interesting.     Writing:  The story gets better after the beginning, but it’s still a typical young adult dystopia.Good little dystopia story.  I didn’t g [...]


    5. "Travel through Sicily is filled with [such moments,] instances when the curtain of the present parts to reveal a connection, a parallel to something that occurred thousands of years before." I loved Francine Prose's uniting of her utterly present enjoyment of Sicily with it's profound ties to the past in her slim, very personal memoir of time spent in Sicily.Although I was not always in agreement with Prose, I appreciated her clear, sometimes immoderate reactions to places that resonated (or di [...]


    6. Prose writes very well and it's always a pleasure to read good writing. I enjoy vicarious travel, and because I am a fan of Andrea Camilleri's Montalbano books as well as the Italian TV filmed versions (which are wonderful), I was especially interested in learning more about Sicily. The problem is that I am not educated enough to understand the many references to ancient history, which would probably make this a more interesting book to someone who is.


    7. I expected travel writing a la Naipaul, Kapuściński et al, but this is nothing of the kind. It's short on genuine insight or deeper analysis. Save for a few interesting pieces on art (she does know her art) and tidbits of history, much of it reads like a Sunday paper travel write-up or, worse, a guide book. Unfortunately that also tends to make it every bit as dull and uninvolved as you'd expect a travel manual to be.


    8. A good way to learn about non tour group travel in Sicily. The author is fluent in Italian so can go off the tourist track with ease. Sometimes this becomes a little unsettling because of the Sicilian distrust of strangers. She weaves historical details into her travels, thus revealing many ancient influences on this fairly small island.


    9. The author looks Italian/Sicilian.She writes,for my taste ,somewhat over-the-top re:Sicily. However, in certain ways, Sicily is "over-the-top" in its extremes of friendliness and suspicion and with the extremes of geography/topology,AND the amounts of food served in the inns and restaurants.I have read her books before and now I know, besides being ironic, she is passionate.


    10. Trying to get ready for my trip I probably would have rated only 2 stars if I weren't so interested. Gave me a bit of insight into Sicilian life and culture, but a bit shallow overall. Still, a good way to get pumped up for the potential adventure that awaits me.


    11. I really enjoyed this book. I was in Sicilian specifically Palermo and there were many mentions of where I was. I thought Prose brought together a range of connections. The fact that she was a New Yorker as am I added to it. It gave the history in a novel format.


    12. 2.5 stars. These essays are very uneven, and really only of interest to someone about to travel to Sicily. Luckily for me, I am that reader. I really enjoyed the essays about literature and artists in Sicily, the others not so much.


    13. A travel through time and place along the Mediterranean coast. Enlightening and informative, and a vividly written journal.






    14. Lookin for insight before 2nd visit to Sicily, found Prose's reflections on what is evident vs what is implied in Sicily travel thought provoking.


    15. some interesting info about several sicialian locations (and cuisine), but i thought a bit pretentious in style and content.



    16. Completely enjoyable read while here in Sicily. Have made small modifications to my days based upon her comments.


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