THE INFERNO

From  ADELE GRESSER

Title:  THE INFERNO

Author:  DAN BROWN

DAN WRITES ELABORATELY ABOUT A MYSTERY HAPPENING IN ITALY USING SITES IN ITALY.  INCORPORATED IN HIS STORY OF INTRIGUE AND DECEIPT IS HIS KNOWLEDGE OF DANTE’S INFERNO. ROBERT LANGDON, A HARVARD PROFESSOR WAKES UP IN ITALY AFTER BEING SHOT IN THE HEAD. HE HAS AMNESIA.HE DOESN’T REMEMBER WHY HE IS IN ITALY OR WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO KILL HIM.HE DOES SEEM TO REMEMBER DANTE ALGHIERE’S POEM “THE INFERNO” AND A LADY WITH LONG SILVER HAIR. THE THEME IS EARTHLINGS ARE OVERPOPULATING THE WORLD AND THE OVER POPULATION WILL DECIMATE EARTH’S BOUNTIES.  CLUES SECRET CODS, HIDDEN PASSAGES AND ANCIENT SECRETS ARE BROUGHT INTO PLAY.

Very Valentine

From Terry DelBalso

Title:  Very Valentine 

Author:  Adriana Trigiani

This book takes you on a jouney from Greenwich Village to Italy and back as the main character Valentine Roncalli steps up to save the family business. Her grandmother is running a business that has been in the family sice 1903 which is failing finacially as the world of craftmanship gets phased out. Valentine finds strength she did not even know she had to bring it to the next level and while doing so she finds love where she least expected it.

Light in the Ruins

From Eileen Effrat
Author: Chris Bohjalian
Title: Light in the Ruins
Shifting in time between the German occupation of Italy (1943-1944) and the year 1955, this is an historical mystery that focuses on the Rosati family, a Tuscan family of noble lineage. The story begins in 1955 with the brutal murder of Francesca Rosati, daughter-in-law of the marchese. When the marchese meets a similar fate, it becomes clear someone bears a great deal of hatred for the family. Is this a vendetta for past or present deeds? I enjoyed this as much as Bohjalian’s earlier book, Skeleton’s at the Feast, that also explores events from World War II.

Inferno

From Elaine Pasquali
Title:  Inferno
Author:  Dan Brown
As always, Dan Brown engages the reader from the very first pages.  Why is Robert Langdon’s life being threatened? Why is the epic poem, Dante’s Divine Comedy, central to the mystery?  At all times, the reader is impressed by Brown’s in-depth research of the symbolism and art history involved.    A spell-binding, don’t want to put down book.

Inferno

From  Suzanne Boglioli
Title:  Inferno
Author:  Dan Brown
This was a fascinating page-turner, once again featuring symbology Professor Robert Langdon.  This takes place in Italy and Turkey, and the imagery describing the artwork and architecture is fascinating.  It was a wonderfully written mystery, as Prof. Langdon suffers short-term amnesia and must figure out why he is in Italy and why he is being chased.

Bella Tuscany

From Francine Schwarz
author: Mayes, Frances
 Bella Tuscany
After reading Under the Tuscan Sky I wanted to read another book by Mayes about Italy. However, Bella Tuscany although written in Mayes’ illustrative style reads more like a travel-log.  I woudl recommend it for reading by some one who will be visiting the region as it contains information on sites to see.

What Italy Has Given to the World

From Elaine Pasquali
author: Cipolla, Gaetano
What Italy Has Given to the World
This pamphlet is all of 32 pages, but is chock full of Italy’s less
widely known contributions to art, music, science, food and popular culture. Basically a lecture that Mr. Cipolla presented to students at St. John’s University’s Italian Club, it substantiates the information presented with explanatory footnotes.  This pamphlet was an interesting and informative summary of Italians’ achievements over the centuries.

Under the Tuscan Sun

From Francine Schwarz
author: Mayes, Frances
Under the Tuscan Sun
Although the plot of the book was different from the movie’s, her descriptions of Cortona made me feel as if I was in Tuscany.  So real is her writing that I found myself craving espresso during the day and cappuccino in the evening.  I have renewed interests in my vegetable garden and in Italian wines.  It you want a trip to Italy without leaving the States read this book!