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by Joseph Farrell

eBook Sicily: A Cultural History download ISBN: 190849364X
Author: Joseph Farrell
Publisher: Signal Books Ltd; New ed. edition (October 31, 2012)
Language: English
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Sicily: A Cultural History.

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Joseph Farrell is Professor of Italian at the University of Strathclyde.

Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Joseph Farrell is Professor of Italian at the University of Strathclyde. He is author of a biography of Dario Fo and has translated several Italian playwrights in addition to various novels.

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Joseph P. Farrell est un théologien et écrivain américain, né en 1939 à Sioux Falls, Dakota du Sud. Farrell est professeur adjoint de théologie à la California Graduate School of Theology à La Habra. Il est également organiste de musique classique. Il a été professeur au Saint Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. en théologie (spécifiquement en patristique) au Pembroke College de l'université d'Oxford.

Joseph Farrell (1 July 1905 – 24 November 1999) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He was elected to Seanad Éireann in 1961 on the Labour Panel and was re-elected to the Seanad in 1965 and 1969. Farrell was elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Louth constituency at the 1973 general election and was re-elected at the 1977 general election. He did not contest the 1981 general election.

Sicily: A Cultural History by Joseph Farrell. Sicilian Genealogy and Heraldry by Louis Mendola. A solid work which, though presented as a very general series of historical and cultural facts and observations, is a very good complement to guide books and even to more detailed histories of Sicily (see the following sections).

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Comments: (7)
Oso
A good book, well written, pleasurable to read, and offering interesting views of Sicily, its culture, its people, and the exhilarating sights adorning the whole island. The author also gives introductions to and intelligent comments of the artistic aspects present in all cities of the island both small and great: the architecture of churches and palaces, villas and private homes, and the archaeological treasures that one is invited - convincingly - to visit sooner or later. The layout of the text is also intelligent: while the first part gives history, beliefs, mores and idiosyncrasies of the Sicilian people, the second part guides the visitor (more than the tourist) to many of the places worthy of discovery and enjoyment, beginning from Messina and, following a clockwise itinerary of the island, returning to Messina for a farewell. I recommend it vividly to anyone who is interested in Sicily and its people (of whom I am one). [Regretfully there are a few typos here and there]
Kizshura
Excellent
Dark_Sun
Gives a good account of the history of Sicily. I recommend it.
Coron
Professor Farrell makes a nice contribution to this series of intellectually elevated guidebooks. His evident aim it to provide cultural/historical depth to enrich the experience and appreciation of more engaged visitors to Sicily, and this he does. Although general readers might wish Farrell had spent a bit more time on contemporary scenes and life, and perhaps a bit less on scholarly architecture descriptions, the result is nevertheless very readable, informative and interesting. In short, the author provides an excellent reference handbook for those planning more extended and engaged visits.

Again, as the book jacket and reviews on the web page indicate, this is not a practical guide for prospective tourists: No tips on places to eat or stay, although some advice about frustrations of roadways and inadequate signage. Instead, Farrell offers a brief history and thematic overview of key aspects of "cultural history," as well as a guide for contemporary visitors of ruins, art and museums. The first 100 pages are devoted to short essays on topics varying from Sicilian writers and religious festivals to notes on the mafia and historical "Arrivals and Departures" by British and Americans. The following 175 pages are a clockwise circumnavigation of the island, with stops to consider historical landscapes and cultural remnants. He makes good use of the recurring theme of the diverse and multicultural influence that runs from primitive inhabitants through Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans...and others...to the present day. Although Professor Farrell has a particular interest in art and architectural influences, sometimes running to the academic, his treatment is interesting and balanced, and will undoubtedly provide a particular resource for visitors who want to explore these elements of Sicilian culture.

If one is interested in a more analytical or extended exploration of Sicily's political, economic or social history, there are more thorough treatments --- many of these are helpfully identified either in the text or in the "Further Readings" at the conclusion. Similarly, if one wishes to explore the contemporary culture of this fascinating island, there are better books --- again, many are referenced by Farrell. But as a reliable and well-written introduction to Sicily's history and cultural themes and influences, this short volume serves very well. Incidentally, the book itself is a nicely printed paperback with a generous number of well-chosen black-and-white photos illustrating the text.
Fararala
Excllent
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Shipping extremely efficient and fussfree. Book unsatisfactory, fragmentary vision of historical backgroung, strongly partial Cultural vision.
Gogal
I enjoyed this book a lot. There are many books on Sicily, particularly travel books, from different time periods but this one is quite well done. There are a few typos here and there - otherwise I would give it a 5-star. The author writes well, is entertaining and offers a unique perspective on a complicated topic. I can't imaging a trip now to Sicily without this book. I checked this book out and read it from the library but will definitely get my own copy for reference.
Very informative cultural history of the people of this great island.