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Pietro's Book: The Story of a Tuscan Peasant
     

Pietro's Book: The Story of a Tuscan Peasant

by Pietro Pinti, Jenny Bawtree
 
Unlike such accounts as Under the Tuscan Sun, Pinti's (b. 1927) offers an insider's perspective on the annual cycle of a traditional lifestyle. With humor, wisdom, and the help of an English transplant to Tuscany, he conveys a sense of life in the war years and in better times when "[w]e worked hard...but we sang....." Illustrations feature his family and such

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Unlike such accounts as Under the Tuscan Sun, Pinti's (b. 1927) offers an insider's perspective on the annual cycle of a traditional lifestyle. With humor, wisdom, and the help of an English transplant to Tuscany, he conveys a sense of life in the war years and in better times when "[w]e worked hard...but we sang....." Illustrations feature his family and such activities as pruning olives. A glossary of Italian terms concludes the memoir. First published in 2003 in Great Britain by Constable. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Library Journal
Most visitors to Tuscany see little more than its incredible beauty and old-world charm. Here, Pinti offers something more-a glimpse into what it was like growing up in the Tuscan countryside of the tumultuous 1930s and 1940s. His slim volume takes readers back to a time when children had no toys, electricity was unavailable, and a powerful figure known as the padrone controlled peasants' lives. And, indeed, they were peasants in every sense of the word: the padrone owned the land they worked and doled out benefits only to those whose farming was successful. Especially interesting is Pinti's description of the compromises made during the reign of Mussolini-in order to send his children to school, Pietro's father had to join the Fascist Party. Chock-full of insight into Tuscan life both past and present, this book is recommended to anyone who wants to move beyond the tourist attractions and come to understand a very special part of Italy.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559707091
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
05/05/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.81(d)

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