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~FREE EPUB ♌ Sicily, Its Not Quite Tuscany ♡ Packed With History, Culture, Misadventure, And A Little Mafioso Action, The Story Of A Newly Married Couple And The Year They Spent In Sicily Gill And I Had Dreamt Of Living In Italy For As Long As We D Been TogetherThis Is The Story Of An Aussie Couple Who Sought A Mediterranean Sea Change Only To Find Themselves In The Sprawling Sicilian City Of Catania The Anti Tuscany Of Italy There, Any Romantic Visions They D Had Of Restoring A Villa Or Stamping Their Entwined Feet In Vats Of Chianti Grapes Disappeared Faster Than The Chief Witness In A Cosa Nostra Trial Shamus And Gill S Tiny Apartment In Catania Was Located In A Grim Neighborhood Opposite A Triple X Cinema And A Shop Selling Coffins, Nearby Mount Etna Erupted Soon After Their Arrival, A Mystery Ailment Left Shamus In A Neck Brace, They Crashed A Vespa, And They Had Regular Dealings With At Least One Mafioso This, Then, Is An Italian Sea Change With Grit But It S Also A Story Of Optimism, Endurance, And Acceptance An Exploration Of The Minutiae Of Sicilian Culture, History, Food, And Religion And An Example Of How To Find Beauty And Humor In The Most Unexpected Of Places This book is written about an Australian couple who spends a year living in what they thought would be romantic Italy hoping for Tuscany they end up in Cantania Sicily and spend a year living and working and exploring Sicily It is a very entertaining read I ve been to Sicily once on a visit and really enjoyed the traveling and information on food, travel, entertainment I love mainland Italy and would go back to Sicily wish I would have read this before going to Sicily I would recommend the book as entertaining and fun It s not often I cackle out loud while reading, even while reading travel writing, which is however a favourite genre or mine Much travel writing is enlightening and wry Shamus Sillar s epistle is both of those and downright entertaining I ve read reviews that say he obviously doesn t like Sicily very much Yes, he is often scathing about the place, but there is affectino too Anyway, I feel that a tale singing nothing but its praises would be 1 boring 2 incorrect My partner, who is Aussie Sicilian, tells me you don t want to go there But I DO, after reading Sillar I really enjoyed his witticisms on the region s quirks, dysfunctions and people He is generous when talking about food, landscape, the ancient and recent history, and his eye openers on the state of crime, pollution etc etc haven t put me off When one is travelling, so much can and often does go wrong that the best thing to do is see the humour in siutations I enjoy a great travel anecdote, and this book is highly and musingly anecdotal It probably also helps being an Australian based reader, as I already get his sense of humour, and many of the references Overall, it was a delightful way to learn about an Italian region that is generally known for little else beyond its mafia Having hit the north on a recent holiday, I am now keen to visit Italy s south However, am now lending to my Sicilian bloke, so he can give me his version I had a hard time getting through this book, not because it was poorly written, not because the material was uninteresting but because there was something strained about it Sillar said in the book that he needed to write to make money, and the motive shows.However, much about Sicily, It s Not Quite Tuscany is interesting Sillar visits, sometimes with his wife, sometimes with friends, sometimes alone, cities in Sicily that I don t know much about In reading about these jaunts I learned some of the history of Sicily and I learned which places I would like to see for myself.The book touches on Greek and Roman history, tourism through the ages in Sicily, the Mafia, Sicilian food, and the grimness of living near a volcano Mt Etna that erupts black soot for days and weeks at a time Catania, that city at the foot of Etna, provides the starkest contrast with what most people are thinking of when they say Oh, I love Italy They re thinking of Tuscany.And the early parts of the book are hilariously funny Unfortunately, the humor wears thin later on.Recommended only if you re deeply motivated to read about Sicily. A hilarious little book about a couples experience living in Sicily A fun easy read which had me laughing out loud Very light hearted. Good description of Sicily, its land, people I and culture He has a very funny sense of humor, but I did tire of it at the end. I read this book with interest The author and his wife resided in Catania for a few months They don t have much money and lived in a shabby neighborhood Their circumstances color their impressions They generalize about Sicily and Sicilians After reading this book we visited Sicily and stayed in Catania If I was penniless and had to live in a bad neighborhood there or anywhere I would not like it Catania has its problems, but its Baroque historic core is spectacular Accommodations are excellent and so is the dining Most importantly, it s a corner of Italy not totally overrun and transformed by tourists and tourism So, yes, Catania is not like Tuscany, but for some that s a good thing. I read this twice Once before I decided to go to Sicily and once afterwards I thought it was interesting and pretty good I was in Sicily for three weeks, but in perhaps salubrious places than Catania I would have liked to get to know Catania better so I could place this story in its streets I have lived in Rome, and know it is not so easy being a foreign resident But this couple formed good relationships with locals I enjoyed it on the second reading. Published in 2012, Sicily, It s Not Quite Tuscany is the year most likely 2002 that Seamus and Gill Sillar, a newly wed young Australian couple, spent in Sicily Wanting to travel and especially wanting to live in Italy, Seamus and Gill wind up in Sicily, where Gill has landed a job teaching English in a private school in the city of Catania, Sicily s 2nd largest Seamus, unemployed degrees in ancient history don t generate a rush of prospective employers to one s door and theoretically working on a biography of Callacula, one of the many Roman emperors, is happy to settle in as a house husband Basically broke and living off of Gill s modest stipend, the couple do why they can to adapt to their new country.Italy, yes, but definitely not Tuscany, which is where they originally wanted to live But Seamus and Gill do their best to explore the country and deal with their Sicilian neighbors and acquaintances The account of their year s stay is at times extremely funny, given that it s mainly the story of how everything that could go wrong, went wrong Their first apartment was on such a noisy strew that they were forced to move to another, quieter neighborhood in one of Catania s poorest, most crime ridden neighborhoods Nothing daunted, the young couple make a number of trips around the island, visiting just about every area except the one where I live, in southeast Sicily in the province of Ragusa.I decided to read this book, because I have been here 6 months, love it, and was curious to read about the experiences of other ex pats At first I found the book funny, tickled by the unabashed way Seamus, the narrator, views Sicilina life through basically sexually tinted glasses Jokes are mainly scatological or heavy with sexual references Not at all offensive, but typical of the Australians I ve known But after a while I found the jokes less ands less amusing and finally just plain boring Sillar s viewpoint is simply too one sided for the superficiality of his account.Another aspect I found disquieting was the undertone of what feels like disapproval to his commentary The Sicilians he knows and describes are nothing like the Sicilians I know and like Part of it, I think, is his location Catania is a city of about 800,000 people, whereas Ragusa, where I live, is a town of about 70,000 A lot of the surliness and reserve that the Sillars met is probably due to that big city aspect Ragusani, in contrast, are open and friendly, sophisticated because Ragusa is a major tourist stop given the large number of UNESCO historical monuments from the Baroque period Ragusani are used to dealing with foreigners most Catanese are not.The jacket blurb enthusiastically describes the book as beinbg packed with history culture and other goodies, mainly from the misadventures the Sillars experience in there travels Yes, there is some history, but pretty superficial Same with culture except for the description of the Feast of Sant Agata, the city s patron saint, which takes place over four days Having gone through the 10 day celebration of San Giorgio last August, I thought that Sillar did a rather good job of describing the event But he is always detached, never even the slightest emotionally involved And clearly the event, while interesting, is completely alien to him Whereas I m not a temporary visitor here, but a permanent resident, and very much emotionally attached to both the town and its inhabitants.While the Sillars lived in Catania, Mount Etna, which looms over the city, underwent a 2 month eruption Sillar s description of living with the ash fallout is fascinating Reminded me of living in Oregon when Mt St Helen erupted, although the Sillars situation was much worse, being much closer and with a much heavier fallout to bear.No matter where he is or what he sees, Sillar s attitude is primarily negative About the only place he really approves of in the book is Cefal , on Sicily s northern coast And he s suitably impressed with the Greek temples in Agrigento But There s always something wrong It s truly hard to believe that thousands of people c goose to come to Sicily every year to visit this beautiful island if the situation is as Sillar describes Maybe they re just unfortunate enough not to have read his book just think of all the money they could have saved, visiting Paris or Amsterdam or Florence or Disneyland instead In his epilogue, Sillar protests that he and Gill just loved Sicily, made friends, and would go back some day That s just a few short paragraphs offsetting the entire rest of the book, which leads you to believe that Sicily is some kind of hellhole that no sane person would choose to visit.I found the book boring and disparaging, vastly different from my experiences here so far No, Sicily isn t Tuscany, which is just as well I ll take the blue skies during the winter, the superb cuisine which Sillar mentions in just a few words in the epilogue , the friendliness, helpfulness and outright kindliness of Sicilians over the north any day.An ok read so long as you don t take this book to be any kind of gospel truth as to what Sicily is really like. This anecdotal recount of an Aussie couple s year living working in Sicily is hilarious I laughed out loud all the way through Shamus s dry humour witty observations of Sicily, its people their customs make for great entertainment Not sure whether the book makes me want to avoid Sicily at all costs or convinces me that it is an essential destination because of its quirky uniqueness Brilliant