Stolen Figs: And Other Adventures in Calabria

Stolen Figs: And Other Adventures in Calabria

by Mark Rotella
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Stolen Figs: And Other Adventures in Calabria 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although my ancestors are not from Calabria, I found this book fascinating and full of rich Italian traditions I am so proud of. My great-grandparents were from small towns near Naples. After reading this book, I long to see the beautiful towns they were from. Mr. Rotella brought me there. I smelled, tasted and heard the sounds of a culture I want my children and husband to experience. Thank you, please write another book!
italia_lover More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book when it was first available to the public in softcover format. Our Italian lodge used this book for our Reading Club years ago and everyone loved it. Sadly, there is a previous reviewer who didn't think the book was worthy of more than one star. What a pity! He can't be descended from southern Italian immigrants - there are so many of us, and we all have the same pull back toward Italy as our ancestors felt when emigrating to America. I simply want to know exactly why my ancestors left their country. I am not Calabrese. My Italian families are from Parma, Rome and Naples areas. Seven years ago my Italian citizenship was recognized, and three years ago we bought a very small apartment in Scalea, Calabria. I have one foot in America and one foot in Italy. I wouldn't want it any other way. My thanks to Mark Rotella for telling his family's story. My husband and I enjoy wandering through his travel spots - very enjoyable. I am now on my third read (wish it was available in e-reading format for my NookColor)
Mariet More than 1 year ago
I had to special order this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a journey to a land I had heard about while growing up. This is told from a modern traveler's memories as he visits his father's birth place and falls in love with it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My family is from Italy, and my husband's family is specifically from Calabria. We travel there every year or so. I loved this book because it allowed me to learn more about our family history and 'visit' for awhile. The gatherings and conversations are reminiscent of my family here in the US and there. It was heart-warming to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Apart from creating a strong desire to explore Mark Rotella's ancestral homeland, his 'Stolen Figs and other adventures in Calabria,' may also evoke an emotional response from readers whose ancestors have left Europe to settle in distant lands. A far cry from travel books that point up the indiosyncracies of locals, Stolen Figs is a loving celebration of the uniqueness of the Calebrese -their food, landscapes, languages, customs and history and a fascinating tour de force it is. Rotella's paternal grandparents, who emigrated to America in the 1920's, provide the hub around which the tale is spun, starting at the village where cousins, aunts and uncles still live in much the same way they did in the 1920's. To describe the narrative as emotionally satisfying is just scratching the surface of 'Stolen Figs,' which succeeds at so many levels. Humanity is the overlaying premise offered here. We all belong to a wider family, but it's our roots that sustain us and provide our anchors. How lucky Rotella is to have found his. However, being somewhat pedantic when it comes to following a journey that zig-zags though a little know region of Southern Italy over the course of several visits, a map tracing the author's travels would have been appreciated. Otherwise...perfect.