War in Val D'Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944
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|Number of Pages||:||239 Pages|
a fabulous read This is an exceptional book which bears precious witness to the way WWII brought out both the good and bad--but mostly good--in people living or passing through a region of Tuscany. The author's factual, restrained account of the extraordinary events of the time and her part in them is beautiful and effective. Highly recommended. Here is an excerpt to whet your appetite:"The rounding-up of the Jews appea. "Unforgettable" according to Philip Bewley. "Greater than the sum of its parts" accurately describes this remarkable diary set in Southern Tuscany during World War II.Written as a daily record during the tumult of war,Origo does not dwell on emotional reactions to the horror around them. What comes through is the generosity, compassion, and nobility of Spirit that we all are capable of during wretched times. This diary has had a greater impact on . Great diary to understand the savagery of wars. The day-by-day uncertainty described in this diary is gripping and reveals the stark reality of being at war. Great work.
Here, as the restoration of La Foce begins, her book ends.Beyond praise and above mere documentary value, War in Val d'Orcia belongs to the literature of humanity.. She and her husband managed to protect their peasants, succor refugee children from Genoa and Turrin, hide escaped Allied prisoners of war-and somehow stand up to the Germans, who in dread due course occupied La Foce in 1944 and forced the Marchesa to retreat under a hot June sun.Fleeing eight impossible miles on foot, along a mined road under shell fire, with sixty children in tow, she shelter
--KirkusEven the most casual acquaintance with Iris Origo cannot fail to produce the impression of a remarkable woman. --KirkusEven the most casual acquaintance with Iris Origo cannot fail to produce the impression of a remarkable woman. --The New York Times Book ReviewA welcome rediscovery, evoking a unique, strange moment in civilian/soldier wartime-history with spare, vital immediacy. --The New York Times Book Review . Beyond doubt a minor masterpiece. --The Washington PostA welcome rediscovery, evoking a unique, strange moment in civilia