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by Christine Palamidessi Moore

  • Author: Christine Palamidessi Moore
  • ISBN: 0312132034
  • ISBN13: 978-0312132033
  • ePub: 1986 kb | FB2: 1559 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: United States
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; First Edition edition (July 1, 1995)
  • Pages: 309
  • Rating: 4.3/5
  • Votes: 608
  • Format: mbr doc doc txt
The Virgin Knows ePub download

Palamidessi Moore's The Virgin Knows strongly succeeds. Too, in addition to being an important book for Italian American literature studies, The Virgin Knows is truly enjoyable.

Palamidessi Moore's The Virgin Knows strongly succeeds. Rich with colorful characters, such as bumbling mobsters, eccentric priests, opera singers, and single fathers, this novel carries the reader across two continents on a memorable journey of personal growth and discovery.

The Virgin Knows by Christine Palamidessi Moore. First off, any book that has a picture of Madonna and child on the cover, gets points with me. I immediately looked up the artist (Pietro Perugino) and the current location (Galleria Borghese, Rome) so that I could do a little armchair travelling and art appreciation. That done, I settled into the book. It is an entertaining and interesting world Moore has placed between the covers of her novel. Though the pace was occasionally uneven, it was highly entertaining.

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Moore neatly dissects the core myths of Italian peasant Catholic culture, which she neither romanticizes nor condemns out of hand

Moore neatly dissects the core myths of Italian peasant Catholic culture, which she neither romanticizes nor condemns out of hand. Her serious willingness to entertain such arcane notions allows her to achieve the high comic effects of this clever debut. But that's in keeping with the narrative voice, which belongs to Alicia Barzini, an Italian from Subiaco who spends most of her life tending her parents while her twin brother, Carlo, pursues his fortune in America.

Christine Palamidessi Moore (born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an Italian-American writer and novelist. She graduated from Boston University with a Master of Arts from the Creative Writing Department where she studied with Leslie Epstein, Sue Miller and Richard Elman. She taught writing at the University from 1993 to 2000.

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Christine Palamidessi Moore. Christine Palamidessi Moore (born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an Italian-American writer and novelist. Her novel, The Virgin Knows, is set in Boston's Italian neighborhood, the North End. Works.

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by Christine Palamidessi Moore. In this delightful first novel, Moore tells the fantastical tale of two Italian twins, Alicia and. Carlo. Alicia possesses a sixth sense and can read her brother's thoughts even after he leaves the. family to make his fortune in America. Poor Alicia has little else exciting to do, as Carlo has left. to her the responsibility of caring for their aging parents. Moore slips a serious feminist message. into her light hear ted, action-packed story.

A story that turns the extraordinary into the everyday and offers observations on love, loyalty, and sexual freedom presents the saga of a young virgin, Alicia, and her twin Carlo, who is involved in restoring stolen art fragments to the Vatican. A first novel.
Gandree
Convoluted, poorly written, and the story really drags. Couldn't even finish it! Interesting premise, but sort of fell apart about halfway through.
Thomeena
First off, any book that has a picture of Madonna and child on the cover, gets points with me. I immediately looked up the artist (Pietro Perugino) and the current location (Galleria Borghese, Rome) so that I could do a little armchair travelling and art appreciation. That done, I settled into the book.

It is an entertaining and far flung world Moore has placed between the covers of her novel. Though the pace was occasionally uneven, it was highly entertaining. The number of topics covered is slightly amazing: twin stuff, "mom always liked you best", post WWII Italy, nursing (the image of a psychic OR nurse really made me smile), translocation, immigration, the old country, conspiracy, art theft, Roman Catholicism, men's views of women, women's views of men, love-- as I said it was broad.

The title of the book is a nice play on words. While Alicia, the quinticential spinster/virgin knows all (though some of it is through psychic ability), it was her brother Carlos who did find and pocket a fragment of the Virgin Mary's nose, when the Pietà was damaged in 1972. The Virgin Knows -- The Nose Knows. Who knows? Throughout the book I found other use of words as descriptors that delighted me: "Renato had a shiny reputation", the description of a throbbing head as a "red" sound. Or the teasing of immigrants bungling language. Or simple observations, that really are so profound ("If you stay awake too often, you lose your dreams.)

There is a sub-plot of art theft and recovery, but ultimately, this is a story about many things: sibiling loyalty, passion, nurturing, devotion. Of separation, grief, abandonment and berievement. Of discovery, rediscovery and explorations Of relationships and generations caring for each other (I was particularly touched by Alicia's caring for her aging mother, and recognition of role reversal there "She was not only my mother, but also my daughter and my friend." I am envious that she never lost patience. That's hard to do. Trust me on that.) Of redemption, faith and the belief in family. What the Virgin knows, is ultimately about love. (3.5 Stars rounded up to 5. Second posting of this review as apparently all previous reviews have disappeared from Amazon.)
Qumenalu
A magical earthy read about love, tenderness, spirituality, soul, old vs. new world and the filigree of human connections. Written a prose style that is direct and plangent, this novel grabs you right off and takes you on a wonderful life journey through the palaces of the heart. A very rewarding read from an author who deserves more readers! Buy it and you will not put it down. 101% guaranteed.
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With globalization as one of the buzzwords of the past decade or so, The Virgin Knows proves to be a treasure-trove for those who plan to engage in ethnic studies with emphasis on Italians. The community of Italian-descent writers and scholars, which includes Christine Palamidessi Moore, has surely broken the acceptance barrier of major colleges and universities. There are now academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in Italian American studies at a series of institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada, as well as conferences and seminars which address the Italian American novel. Notable, The Virgin Knows is text for an Italian American studies course at Harvard.

The Virgin Knows is a landmark in Italian American literary studies that deserves to be in book stores, libraries, in catalogs, and in the hands of students and readers. Lively, elegant, and amply readable, the novel provides critical framework for intelligent analysis, for both the naive student coming to literary Italian America for the first time, as well as for the more seasoned intellectual in search of other ideas from which to trampoline.

The novel explores issues of patriarchy, family, sexual freedom, and the interaction of two cultures. Old World values are portrayed as both 'domestic' and anti-social; Americanization both liberating and dark. Moreover, the novel tells how family values are transferred from one generation to the next and how values change under social pressure.

A recurring theme in ethnic American novels is the struggle to assimilate into the mainstream of American society without abandoning native culture and traditions. Palamidessi Moore's The Virgin Knows strongly succeeds. Too, in addition to being an important book for Italian American literature studies, The Virgin Knows is truly enjoyable. Rich with colorful characters, such as bumbling mobsters, eccentric priests, opera singers, and single fathers, this novel carries the reader across two continents on a memorable journey of personal growth and discovery.
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