AMEDEO by Daphne Barclay


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Amedeo, almost 13, a convent orphanage child, to whom ""bastard"" is a fighting word- although he does not understand its meaning-only on learning his mother's name has a sense of identification and makes the search for her his quest. He takes to the road, and there is first the meeting with highborn Maria Pia, who lives in a palazzo and gives him her homeless puppy Rina; next, the blind, lame fiddler who leaves him his philosophy of life- and love- and compassion- before he is run over by a car; and finally he finds his grandmother, who tells him all about his mother- now broken in mind and cared for in a convent. With now the security of belonging, he is apprenticed and determined to work for her, sure as well that his love will help to cure her.... A tender to tremulous treatment of the dispossessed, this is a selection of the Catholic Literary Foundation and its appeal is spiritual as well as sentimental.

Pub Date: Aug. 29th, 1958
Publisher: Dutton