By Calogero Lombardo
"I wrote this ebook for the kids of the kinfolk who won't ever comprehend what this position used to be like," stated Calogero Lombardo. this can be greater than a recollection of adolescence thoughts. it's an attractive and insightful examine the truth of Sicily and Sicilians, written with wit and a feeling of humor.
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How would you have felt, knowing your family was leaving, without any idea when you would see them again? My father was dumfounded. What had caused this, what had he done? I would explain it to him 38 years later, the part about Joe McCarthy and the witch hunts. Worse than being a communist was being a communist from Sicily. (Read: Mafioso) Once again, an authority who couldn’t speak the language of the people over whom they had authority, making policy. The twentyfive-century history of Sicilian oppression continued repeating itself and the SS Queen Frederica left Palermo for Barcelona and points west, one passenger short of its original manifest.
For a couple of years, it was a repeat of Rosie’s birth party with the “underground cookies,” only my Grandmother was me and I was the butt of the joke. 31 My first memory of my Grandmother was on the ship in New York. She had come to meet the ship, the SS Queen Frederica, on April six of fifty-six. She had been accompanied by her goddaughter, one of the Culotta, i Cudduotta, girls, I forget her name. I think it was Cathy. She was the translator. Rosellina had a fever so they would not let us off the ship.
Luckily, my father taught me not to pretend to false class. ” Speak like your mother made you. He meant, of course, not to be something we weren’t, phonies. I used the phrase when I went back there in seventy-one and was reunited with a childhood friend, the Mayor’s son, Enzo Romano. He was speaking to me in the northern tongue, having just returned from the University. ”) I had returned from Vietnam the previous August and was making a pilgrimage to the Lady of Loreto, to fulfill a vow I had made to go back and do a pilgrimage if I returned alive from the war.