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The Secret of Santa Vittoria: A Novel [Formato Kindle]

Robert Crichton

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In the last days of World War II, German forces are sent to occupy the Italian hill town, Santa Vittoria, and claim its great treasure: one million bottles of the Santa Vittoria wine that is its lifeblood. The clownish mayor, Bombolini, matches wits with the urbane German captain, Von Prum, as the town unites -- aristocrats and peasants, old enemies and young lovers -- to deceive the Germans and save its wine. Where the wine disappears to is the secret of Santa Vittoria that Robert Crichton brings to life with wit, heart, and suspense in his masterpiece of classic storytelling. First published in 1966, The Secret of Santa Vittoria was on the New York Times bestseller list for 50 weeks -- 18 weeks as #1 -- and became an international bestseller.


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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 539 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 414
  • Editore: Sarah Crichton Books (20 agosto 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00EGJE41C
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Amazon.com: 4.7 su 5 stelle  38 recensioni
13 di 13 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle The Secret of Santa Vittoria 4 ottobre 2001
Di "jayawagle" - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
I bought this book on a pavement in Bombay and have read it a dozen times since. Santa Vittoria, a small hill town in Italy, struggles to hide their most precious possession from the occupying Germans, a million bottles of fat black wine. Consequently, in the struggle between the methodical, self procalimed 'superior-raced' Germans and the uncouth, seemingly naive but clever Italians, the latter manage to hide the wine and keep it too. The Nazi captain Von Prum tries to find the hidden wine till the last day of his departure from the little town, but the secret lies safely in the hearts of the people, for whom wine is their life and blood. A cleverly written book, with subtle humour and insights into workings of an Italian mind, The Secret of SV makes one wonder why it isn't in the list of the so-called "popular, best read" lists.
10 di 10 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A Great (lost?) Treasure 16 settembre 2002
Di S. D. Lord - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
I simply echo the others - read this book - it is wonderful.
It's full of the drama and comedy of life, like a fine play. Yes - the characters can be seen as stereotypes, but more often they evolve into a rich complexity, as their lives and ideals clash. Their close community and common dangers propel them through a suspensefull and wryly narrated struggle. Like Steinbeck, Crichton crafts the events of a time to work changes on people and force out their best, and so the tale inspires. I read it years ago, and reread it, and then gave it away. Now I have regained it (used), and find myself again rereading it. Why in heaven's name is this book out of print?
9 di 9 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle My All-time Favorite 8 novembre 2000
Di Un cliente - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
This is a wonderful book. I've read it at least 4 times and I don't generally reread books. I agree with the two other reviewers. Why isn't this book still in print? It is a great book for book clubs to read as it raises so many questions of honor, right and wrong, ethics etc., etc. Great discussion material! How do we contact the publisher to make our feelings known? There must be others who feel the same way!
7 di 7 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A great allegorical philosophy duel of personalities 25 giugno 1999
Di Un cliente - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
This is one of my most treasured books. I have read it a dozen times over the last twenty years. It is a funny story of an Italian wine village, but has a great philosophical duel between the wise-as-a-fox mayor and the German conquerors. It has tremendous quotes, parables, and insight into human nature. A true classic.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Santa Vittoria: Illusion and Irony 12 agosto 2004
Di Efincher - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
Deep within the Roman Cave there is the wall. It is all that separates the Germans from the wine that they covet. Yet they cannot see it, because the wall is an illusion, an illusion that protects the wine. The wall, as an illusion, is symbolic

of the real secret of Santa Vittoria. Nothing and no one are what they seem to be. There is Bombolini, the clown, who is a student of Machiavelli and the only one capable of leading his people in this time of crisis. There is Babbaluche, the cynic, who is willing to give his life for his village, because his death will be the greatest joke that he can perpetrate upon the German invaders. And then there is the Malatesta. She, who is the aristocrat amongst the peasants, will give herself to Captain Von Prum to save the life of Tufa. Who better expresses the value and significance of one life? The great irony of the novel is of course that she must pay the price for her act, because she is a woman. Yet she and Babbaluche are the real heroes of the novel. They see the reality of the situation and they have the courage to act on their convictions despite the consequences. And then there is Bombolini, the clown, who will manipulate the illusion to save both his people and the wine.

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