Journey From Shanghai

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The Good Old Days in China are over by the time Rafaella Bardini turns eight. She knows war and privation as she breathes air. When she and her Italian father and Chinese mother are exiled by the Communist government, they arrive in Italy with one suitcase each and 150 American dollars. Her father dying, Rafaella finds herself, at 18, head of the family. They are living in a refugee relocation camp in bombed-out Catania, Sicily, not a city in 1952 where a job can be found. Rafaella travels to Rome, and there ...
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The Good Old Days in China are over by the time Rafaella Bardini turns eight. She knows war and privation as she breathes air. When she and her Italian father and Chinese mother are exiled by the Communist government, they arrive in Italy with one suitcase each and 150 American dollars. Her father dying, Rafaella finds herself, at 18, head of the family. They are living in a refugee relocation camp in bombed-out Catania, Sicily, not a city in 1952 where a job can be found. Rafaella travels to Rome, and there looks up her shipboard friend, Stefano. He seems to know Rome well already, and impresses Rafaella with his self-assurance. A cynical young man, he has observed that Italians liked to observe the public conventions while dodging them in private. Life here isn't so different from that in Shanghai. Rafaella, too, begins learning how to live in this new country. Her journey is a process that engages all sense and wit. Learning has a price. As she looks back upon the landscape of her life, she assesses the different faces of courage she has known and recognizes the strong heart imbued in every one of them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595343737
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 0.68 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    A Fascinating Book

    Journey From Shanghai is an unusual and fascinating account of a Chinese woman, her Italian husband and their daughter as they emigrate from war-ravaged Shanghai to post-war Rome. I found their thoughts and attitudes a poignant and revealing story of that time and place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2003

    Bittersweet and Compelling Tale of Two Cultures

    Bellucci is at her best in this engaging story of Rafaella Bardini's transformation from an innocent Eurasian schoolgirl to a self-confident, yet sensitive, survivor. The Bardini family has no alternative but to leave a turbulent China after the Communists take control. But life in Italy is fraught with pitfalls at every turn. How this plucky young emigre learns the ropes in a strange and conflicting environment holds the reader's attention. The fascinating minor characters and sub-plots only add to the enjoyment of this most unusual novel. I couldn't put the book down and can only hope that the author will favor her readers with an equally interesting sequel.

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