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𝐁𝐲 𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐚 𝐒𝐜𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞
Set in Italy in 1937, this is a story of three best friends despite their difference; Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro. Marco and Sandro, fall in love with Elisabetta. They both agree to compete to win Elisabetta’s heart fairly. Living under Mussolini’s fascism, both young men love their country and believe fascism will bring Italy to its glory. However, the rise of antisemitism across Europe especially after Germany occupies Italy changes the fate of the three best friends.
It is one of the best books I’ve read set in Italy during WW II after Beneath a Scarlet Sky. I especially love this book because it tells a story about life in Italy before WW II started and how the Italian people live under Mussolini’s regime. Two of the main characters in this story and their fathers are the big supporters of Mussolini. It is an interesting fact for me to learn that Jews of Italy at some point also support the idea of fascism. Elisabetta and Marco are Italian Gentiles while Sandro is an Italian Jew. I am most impressed with the strong bond between Marco and Sandro. Their friendship is as strong as steel. They both want the same thing; to make Elisabetta happy.
At its heart, this is a story of love, loyalty, betrayal, loss, friendship, family, and food at one of the most beautiful cities in the world at its darkest time. The story is so well written with great characters and a great storyline. The description of Rome during the time is very atmospheric and transformed me to the time and place as I was reading it, like I was there. And then there’s food. Who doesn’t like Italian food? I could almost smell the fresh-made Ravioli and pasta sauce from the kitchen and the smell of fresh herbs from the rooftop garden from the story.
The title of the book could not have been more perfect. While war and ideology may turn us apart, love and friendship can always cure a broken spirit.
HOY EN LA HISTORIA en 1941 el presidente de Estados Unidos Franklin D. Roosevelt realizó su famoso discurso un día después del ataque a Pearl Harbor declarándole la guerra al Imperio de Japón. Momentos después, los aliados de Japón, Alemania e Italia le declararían la guerra a Estados Unidos en respuesta. Haciendo que finalmente, el gigante americano entrara totalmente en la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
“Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives:
Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
(...) It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost.
(....) As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
(...) There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph—so help us God.
I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.”