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Remote from the rest of war-torn Italy, the little town of Santa Vittoria has but one thing to boast of: its fabulous wine cellars. For this cause, the citizens, led by their wine-loving mayor Bombolini, scheme and plot to prevent the Germans from locating and looting the town's only treasure.
A bestseller and the inspiration for the famous film starring Anthony Quinn, this warm, rich novel has already drawn thousands upon thousands into the exuberant and perilous life of Santa Vittoria, the little Italian town that stands alone against the German army to affirm, for all time and all people, the fundamental dignity of man.
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ROBERT CRICHTON (1925-1993) an American novelist, served in the infantry during World War II and was wounded in 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge. After the war he attended Harvard University on the GI Bill. His bestseller, The Great Imposter, was adapted into a successful film. His novel The Secret of Santa Vittoria was on the New York Times bestseller list for over 50 weeks, became an international bestseller, and was adapted into a Golden Globe winning film of the same name in 1969.From AudioFile:
The Italian hill town of Santa Vittoria cannot be said to have been untouched by the twentieth century, but it has made its own terms. It functions at a pace, and in a perspective, that reduces the German occupation during WWII to a temporary inconvenience. This is comedy in the classical manner, with echoes all the way back to Don Quixote. For a leisurely novel about a slow-paced community, Christopher Hurt is perhaps a bit too brisk and businesslike. But he's sympathetic to his material and projects an appreciation of its subtleties. His character voices aren't masterful, but competent and consistent. All in all, he succeeds in laying the novel before the listener to be enjoyed without effort or distraction. J.N. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1966. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0671642758
Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1966. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110671642758
Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1966. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0671642758
Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1966. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0671642758