Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: An Italian-American novel that is bold and honest in its treatment of detailing the years of America's Great Depression. The story, based on some true incidents, is, however, a fictional memoir, passionate in its themes, yet thought-provoking, engrossing, and volcanic. The story opens with the impoverished Belvederes moving into a new neighborhood in Brooklyn, all family members being unaware of impending doom. Near them lives a wealthy and beautiful young widow who is immediately attracted to Adrian. How does he, the youngest son, a recent parochial school graduate, thwart the advances of the neighborhood Jezebel? Does he want to?. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: Young Adrian Belvedere flees the dwelling in panic, bowling through lumberyard workers at the entrance to the El that will take him to Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York's largest borough. With his heart pumping fearfully, he wrestles with a demon on the night-blanketed sand tormented by the urge to drown himself. There's no other choice. The excruciating shame of having been caught entwined naked with Monique's ravishing mother, Maureen Vandermeer, the neighborhood Jezebel, by his girl friend herself was too much to bear; too much to explain away, as if he--or anyone else on earth who's caught in that same situation--could ever explain away or even try to. Then the image of Monique's brother, Reggie, Adrian's best friend, entered his terror-filled psyche: what would he do when he found out?
Vom Verlag: The author, a loyal and loving Brooklynite, has written a novel celebrating the borough of his birth, from the in depth descriptions of the Grand Army Plaza and the Battle of Long Island (in Brooklyn) in Prospect Park to the Battle at Jamaica Pass, near present day Aqueduct racetrack; from the limestone mansions lining once-prestigious Bushwick Avenue to the weekly amateur hours in the RKO Bushwick and Loew's Gates theaters on Broadway. So exact is his documentation of historical fact and events that the novel could properly be called a masterful example of roman á clef, the definition of which we all know to mean that the writer bases his story on empiricism behind a veil of fiction. But, in this author's case, the creativity flows more from his heart, from his soul, than from his intellect. The result is a stunning emotional journey from childhood into adulthood, and one that helps us empathize with the bewilderment of the four children of the title, including their bitterly socialistic father and vengeance-seeking stepmother who has sworn to a vendetta in Little Italy. For how else can you describe the heartache of innocence lost--of dashed hopes--of abandonment--of dreams cursed and destroyed--than to say, as the stepmother says, "Damn America!"? Similar in varying degrees of intensity and poignancy to John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" and Pietro Di Donato's "Christ in Concrete," this tale of the struggling Belvederes depicts the challenges confronting Italian-American immigrants struggling to overcome the odds placed before them to survive during the Depression years of the 1930s. Remember: "The scaffolds are not safe, for the rich must ever profit more," Di Donato wrote.
The central character Adrian, a recently graduated parochial school boy shamelessly seduced by a beautiful widow neighbor, develops into a tragic figure yet is elevated through classical and historical allusions in this coming of age novel. He and his siblings have their American dreams, but, before attaining them, they have to wrestle with individual fears and uncertainties. That each of the Belvederes accomplishes their journey fulfilled, however, must be a testament of human aspirations visualized then verbalized and gained. These separate pursuits are destined to become factual for them--just as man is destined to progress toward fulfillment himself.
Buchbeschreibung ARTORIUS PUBLICATIONS, 2006. Paperback. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers DADAX1425712460
Buchbeschreibung Xlibris Corp, 2006. Paperback. Buchzustand: Brand New. 340 pages. 8.80x5.90x0.90 inches. In Stock. Buchnummer des Verkäufers zk1425712460