by John Horne Burns
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The Gallery 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Basil More than 1 year ago
After some 65 years, it still can be safely said that there is no more distinguished novel of World War II than "The Gallery." Its characters are memorable beyond belief--especially those Italians who inhabit the bombed-out neighborhoods around the Galleria Umberto Primo in the heart of Naples. It is August, 1944, and "we were on the crest of the wave. We? We were Americans, from the best little old country on God's green earth. And if you don't believe me, mister, I'll knock your teeth in..." Can these be our heroes? Burns's voice breaks through at one point: "To this day I'm convinced of Italy's greatness in the world of the spirit. In war she's a tragic farce. In love and sunlight and music and humanity she has something that humanity sorely needs." Burns proves his point in page after page of eloquent recollection.