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Author Keahey, John, author.

Title Sicilian splendors : discovering the secret places that speak to the heart / John Keahey.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
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 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  914.580493 KEA    AVAILABLE
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Description xiv, 284 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Note "Thomas Dunne Books."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [271]-272) and index.
Contents Street of the pagan -- A "Friendly, inquisitive people" -- Greeks, Arabs, and Gebbie -- Literature and oranges -- A knife fight in the ruins -- An Orthodox Easter and a bandit -- Lives among the stone -- A day with the leopard -- Friendship and tobacco -- Maria Messina and the journey home -- Riesi, and Racalmuto's Serrone -- On tourism's Cusp -- Sicily meets its last conquerer.
Summary A travel narrative that focuses on Sicily's little-known regions, from the author of Seeking Sicily and Hidden Tuscany. From Palermo to Castiglione di Sicilia to Alimena, Sicily holds great secrets from the past and unspoken promises. Tradition, in the form of festivals, the written word, photographs, and song, reverberates through village walls. Now, slowly shaking itself free of the Mafia, Sicily is opening itself up to visitors in ways it never has before. Sicilian Splendors explores the history, politics, food, Mafia, and people which John Keahey encounters throughout his travels during his return to Sicily. Through conversing with natives and immersing himself in culture, Keahey illustrates a brand new Sicily no one has ever talked about before. Villagers, eager to welcome tourism and impart awareness of their cultural background, greet Keahey for meals and drink and walk him through their winding streets. They share stories of well-known writers, such as Maria Messina, who have found inspiration in Sicilys villages. Keaheys never-ending curiosity as a traveler shines light on Sicilys mythical mysteries and portrays the island not only through his eyes but also through Sicilys heart. This picturesque travel memoir navigates Sicily today and seeks to understand Sicilys past. In lyrical prose and vivid dialect, Keahey paints images of the islands villages, people, and culture with careful strokes and a meticulously even hand. Keahey not only serves as a guide through the marvel of Sicilys identity, but he also looks deeply into Sicilys soul.
Subject Keahey, John -- Travel -- Italy -- Sicily.
Sicily (Italy) -- Description and travel.
Sicily (Italy) -- History, Local.
Sicily (Italy) -- Social life and customs.
Travel writing.
Genre Local histories.
Travel writing.
ISBN 9781250104694 (hardcover)
1250104696 (hardcover)
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