Report repeated from p. 499 (J-169) where it first appeared. ""I will tell you the story of a vendetta, "" promises the old...

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YOU HAVE A FRIEND, PIETRO

Report repeated from p. 499 (J-169) where it first appeared. ""I will tell you the story of a vendetta, "" promises the old stonecutter Emilio to a group of boys from his little Corsican town. Vendetta, the blood revenge, had frequently destroyed whole families, and Emilio's story is of himself, the last person left of his distinguished line. He tells of how he saw his father, his uncle, and a priest murdered, how people accused him of having the evil eye because in his terror he was always watching to see if he were being pursued, and how he spent most of his life trying to run to safety when he really wanted to return to his home. He did not find the custom heroic and he was not ashamed that it was considered cowardly for him to carry on a vendetta of friendship toward the only remaining boy of the opposing family in the feud. This is twelve year old Pietro whom the listeners all despise and habitually taunt because they believe he has the evil eye. The evil eye is not Pietro's, explains Emilio, it belongs to those who look at him with hatred. To illustrate he shows a series of drawings by Pietro that show how differently the boys had looked to him as their hatred had turned to friendship. The message against hatred and bloodshed is simply but clearly made in an unusually forceful book for this age group.

Pub Date: March 6, 1966

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Little, Brown

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1966