The Demons of Aquilonia by Lina MedagliaThe Demons of Aquilonia by Lina Medaglia

The Demons of Aquilonia

byLina Medaglia

Paperback | May 15, 2009

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This is the story of Licia Giganteschi, for whom it takes half a lifetime to go back home, to a place she loves and hates at the same time. Licia grows up in the beautiful wilderness of a mountain village in Calabria, Italy. Born of terroni with aspirations for their children, she is raised by Grazia, an introverted mother, and Marco, a guest-worker in Germany. She spends her time between the Zimpoli farm of her revolutionary, eccentric grandfather, and the suffocating scrutiny of her father's relatives in the village of Aquilonia. When the call to immigrate to Canada comes, for Licia, it is a welcome call. But she could not have foreseen that the curse of the Giganteschis, which she hears about for the first time during a schoolyard fight, will follow the family to Toronto and beyond. When Licia finally returns home and retraces the steps of those who loved her and those who hurt her, she understands how her mother's life, and her own life, are intertwined with the mysterious women who were her mother's only friends: her uncle's mistress, a nun in a cave, and a witch who delivers babies. A mesmerizing novel of betrayal, loss, and multiple identities, The Demons of Aquilonia spans more than half a century, and takes place on two continents. The setting moves from the lush mountains and secret caves of Calabria during WWII, to Italy's economic ruin and working class exodus to America in the '50s and '60s; from the gray skyscrapers and kaleidoscopic neighbourhoods of downtown Toronto, to Calabria of the 21st century, where old secrets never die. they simply become more shocking.
Lina Medaglia was born and raised, until the age of eleven, in Italy. Her family immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1966. With her partner, she has written a number of musical projects including a three-hour modern opera entitled Casanova, a CD of progressive/political country music entitled Bald Eagle, and a CD of political rock entitl...
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Title:The Demons of AquiloniaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.63 inPublished:May 15, 2009Publisher:Inanna PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0980882257

ISBN - 13:9780980882254

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Novel! This book is a must-read. Beautifully written, touching, and insightful, this novel deserves high praise.
Date published: 2010-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful writing! This is a powerfully and poetically written book that keeps the reader enraptured by its many-faceted characters of small-town Aquilonia. I too come from a small town, but in Cape Breton, NS, and can relate to those family traditions and complexities that come from people living in such close proximity. It was an inspiring read and has left me with a feeling of everlasting love for Italy!
Date published: 2010-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating Snapshots of Then and Now I had a hard time reading this beautifully written novel oh so slowly as to savour every morsel as I wanted to do. I had to force myself to close it to be able to reopen the covers again the next time I wished to be delighted; Every time I did so, I was delighted. Please, I need another read from you - soon.
Date published: 2010-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sensual detail and a flare for creating dramatic situations Medaglia literally has enough material to write two books with the wealth of rich detail and imagery she covers here. The compassionate rendering of the characters' fates, the sensual detail and her flare for creating dramatic situations linger in the mind and in the heart.
Date published: 2010-03-11