Sunday, January 24, 2016

Book 6: The Good Italian, Stephen Burke


Picked this one up in the airport in Rome, but it's taken a while to get to it. Thought it was fabulous, though - it's the story of an Italian in pre-WWII Italian Eritrea, who falls in love with his cook/housekeeper. This is perhaps only mildly problematic, until the Italians pass a law against Italians engaging in "relationships" with local women. In addition to the interest of the two main characters, there's a fair bit on the history and relationships between the nations in question (as well as Ethiopia, when the Italians decide to annex that as well).  A smashing read, all around. 

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