The true life stories of Italian immigrants, told with fondness and pride, assume the general outlines of a single national...

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The true life stories of Italian immigrants, told with fondness and pride, assume the general outlines of a single national type. The wealthy winegrower, an artist among grapes and a man of immense appetite and thirst, has in him the potentialities of the bootlegger who drifts into his profession almost out of joie de vivre, promotes the cause of Italian glory so effectively that Mussolini rewards him, and- duped by an envious relative- is imprisoned although innocent. Mr. Pellegrini's national prototype is made up of many impulses; he is generous, gallant, ingenuous, full of humor and sheer animal gusto. The ditchdigger emerges with his fair share of nobility; the cou man with his shady salesmanship is redeemed; the devoted mothers, who fight government red tape with irreducibly simple logic and lonely men with great dignity have in them the naked human qualities of all Italian immigrants. The sentiment is at all times fully exposed; but the sketches are appealing particularly for those of Italian birth or descent.

Pub Date: March 6, 1955

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Publisher: Macmillan

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1955