Domenica De Rosa
- Title: The Italian Quarter
- Author: Domenica De Rosa
- ISBN: 9780755321391
- Page: 140
- Format: Hardcover
The Di Napolis may have been raised in England, but their souls are Italian Charismatic, irascible and defiantly Italian, Cesare presides over his large family much like his Roman namesake But when a journalist begins asking questions about his allegiances during the war, Sophie realises how little she really knows her adored grandfather She embarks with him on a jourThe Di Napolis may have been raised in England, but their souls are Italian Charismatic, irascible and defiantly Italian, Cesare presides over his large family much like his Roman namesake But when a journalist begins asking questions about his allegiances during the war, Sophie realises how little she really knows her adored grandfather She embarks with him on a journey of discovery through turn of the century Naples, 1920s Clerkenwell and the war years, in the course which she learns something else whom it is that she really loves.
Recent Comments "The Italian Quarter"
I really liked the story about the Italian immigrants living in London, it was fasscinating reading about peoples attitudes back then towards them and how they responded to the ignorance. So all the historical parts I really enjoyed. I didn't enjoy the present day story about Sophie, the main character and her love life.
This wasn't quite what I expected - I'd thought from the title that it would be a historical novel about life in the Italian quarter of London. In fact, while it does touch on that, the title is a pun, since it's also the tale of a woman who is one-quarter Italian. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it - it blends together history and the present, jumping to and fro, and is written with an enjoyably light touch. Domenica De Rosa does seem to be rather kind towards those British Italians who supported Musso [...]
Enjoyed this one, but it was a bit of a book of two halves for me. I loved the modern story, thought Sophie and her large Italian family (and all her - sometimes ill-judged - romantic escapades) were wonderful. The weakness for me was the telling of Cesare's story which was central to the book - I'd just have preferred it as a counterpoint rather than being told as a slightly indigestible chunk. But this was her first novel, and there are strong signs throughout of the warmth and fluidity of sty [...]
Love it. Very early Elly Griffiths under her real name but the characters are as strong and the story is interesting. Not something I'd really thought about, being from a 'Italy and Italians are fabulous' generation, how badly they were treated in the UK pre, during and post war.If I have to add a slight niggle it's just that Cesare's story did read like a letter which carried on maybe a bit too long, rather than taking you back to the places and times. Of course this was basically what it was a [...]
This is the first novel written by Domenica de Rosa (her real name), who has since written the Ruth Galloway mysteries I've been raving about, under the name Elly Griffiths (her English grandmother's name). The Italian Quarter is not on Kobo and is hard to find - I had to order it from England via Abe Books. What's it "about"? Well, I suppose it's about the immigrant experience - Italians in London in the twentieth century. But it's more than that - the characters are thoughtfully described, and [...]
I found this book to be very confusing as the story switched from Cesare to Sophie quite quickly throughout the entire novel, leaving me wanting more from each point-of-view. I also found that the story between Sophie and Antonio/Guido lacked any substance, with hardly any background to build character for each of their relationships. It was hard to follow at times however, Cesare's description of the past was intriguing, which kept me entertained most of the time.
This book tells the story of the di Napoli family, the present story of Sophie and the historical background of her grandfather, Cesare. Sophie is managing an ordinary life, she teaches English, looks after her cat and has an intermittent love life after her failed grand passion with Robertino in Rome. All this changes when a journalist takes an interest in Cesare's war records and informs the family that he was a fascist and incited a riot whilst in prison. Sophie realises that she doesn't trul [...]
Well I don't know what it was that made me take this book home with me from Hudson's shelf, but I am very glad that I did. I really enjoyed this well written novel. Sophie a teacher, lives alone with her cat, and is still smarting from a broken relationship eight years earlier. when a journalist begins to take an interest in her grandfather's home office record, Sophie and her second cousin Antonio decide they want to get to the truth. Sophie's grandfather now almost 85, finally tells her his st [...]
A fabulous read that I enjoyed very much. Cesare's childhood memories of growing up in a large Italian family in London before and during the Second World Ward are cleverly interwoven with Sophie's modern day story. The large Italian family are warm and loving yet full of emotion and angerThis debut novel from Domenica De Rosa is a really fascinating read - I fell in love with most of the exuberant characters - the theme of love, both romantic and family continues throughout the book. As Sophie [...]
The story of a family descended from Italian imigrants. The main story is told in the present tense by Sophie along with a big section where Sophie's grandfather tells her about is wartime experiences. A modern love story (of sorts) interwoven with historical and political details. I think it lacked some substance and as it was only 250 it could easily have been fleshed out more to give more enjoyment.
This was a greatread alright, Cesare was a hard case who opened up his all to his grand-daughter although it was fiction, it was very well written and a lot of research was clearly done by Domenica De Rosa on various facts.
disappointed in this book thought there would be more about Italy but it was Italian quarter in London and not enough about that.
Napoli and Clerkenwell - what more can I say - a match made in heaven. It mentions Mussolini visiting Clerkenwell and I don't think he did!
I enjoyed the book. The story of an immigrant family the book is essentially two stories. I enjoyed the trip down memory lane by Cesare in the second half of the book. A light but good read.
Nice, light and easy to read. Complex family tree with well written characters. Great on a wintry night!
Interesting look at the perspectives of Italians in England throughout the 20th Century.
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