A House in Sicily

A House in Sicily

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"This is the captivating memoir of a resourceful woman who started life anew in the "most beautiful house in Sicily." For fifty years, at Casa Cuseni in the small Sicilian town of Taormina, Daphne Phelps has extended her English charm and warm hospitality to seasoned travelers and professional escapists as well as to writers and artists like Tennessee Williams, Bertrand Russell, Henry Faulkner, and Roald Dahl. This memoir tells their story, and hers. It begins in 1947 when, thirty-four years old and war-weary, a modest Englishwoman arrived in Taormina with little Italian, less money, and a plan to sell the property she had unexpectedly inherited. Instead, she fell in love, not just with the airy quarters of the golden stone house on a hillside but also with a community and its way of life. To save Casa Cuseni from certain demolition, Daphne converted her enchanting inheritance into the wondrous pensione that for nearly half a century she has run with the blessing of every Taorminan from the local silk-shirted godfather, Don Ciccio, to Concetta Genio, her steadfast cook, housekeeper, and friend. "A loving portrait ... of a vanishing way of life." -- from the publisher.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graff, 1999.
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graff ed.
ISBN: 9780786706563
0786706562
Branch Call Number: 945.8 Phe
Characteristics: xiv, 270 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.

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macierules
Feb 12, 2017

A very enjoyable memoir - I've always wanted to go to Sicily.

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CynthiaKing
Apr 01, 2015

I loved this book. I'm about to visit Sicily and I learned so much of day to day life by reading the book. The stories of Daphne's experiences are told in a very engaging way.

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