Mount Allegro: A Memoir of Italian American Life

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Mount Allegro is an extraordinary memoir, a celebration of Sicilian life, an engaging sociological portrait, a moving reminiscence of a fledgling writer's escape from the restrictive culture in which he grew up. Jerre Mangione's autobiographical chronicle of his youth in a Sicilian Community in Rochester is one of the truly enduring books about the immigrant experience in this country. Family squabbles, soul-nourishing food, and the casting of evil eyes are only some of the ingredients of this richly textured ...
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Overview

Mount Allegro is an extraordinary memoir, a celebration of Sicilian life, an engaging sociological portrait, a moving reminiscence of a fledgling writer's escape from the restrictive culture in which he grew up. Jerre Mangione's autobiographical chronicle of his youth in a Sicilian Community in Rochester is one of the truly enduring books about the immigrant experience in this country. Family squabbles, soul-nourishing food, and the casting of evil eyes are only some of the ingredients of this richly textured book, although they must all take second place to its unforgettable characters. As Eugene Paul Nassar writes in the book's Foreword, "Mount Allegro ... gave a literary visibility and identity, amiable and appealing, to a poorly understood ethnic group in America, and did so at a very high level of artistry."

Depicts the lives of Sicilian immigrants in Rochester, New York, in the first half of the twentieth century as their customs blend and clash with those of their adopted country.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815604297
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: New York Classics Series
  • Edition description: 1ST SYRACU
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 323,082
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction xv
1 When I Grow Up 1
2 Family Party 14
3 Mr. Michelangelo's Spite Wall 38
4 Talking American 49
5 God and the Sicilians 67
6 Evil Eye 100
7 The Unholy Three 117
8 Sicilian Virgin 152
9 A Man and His Vice 166
10 Uncle Nino and the Underworld 181
11 American Pattern 207
12 New Bread, Old Wine 225
13 Welcome to Girgenti 246
14 Blighted Land 265
Finale 287
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