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review 2018-01-26 04:43
Rezension | Café Morelli von Giancarlo Gemin
Café Morelli - G. R. Gemin,Gabriele Haef... Café Morelli - G. R. Gemin,Gabriele Haefs

Beschreibung

 

Seit Generationen wird das italienische Café von der Familie Morelli in einem kleinen walisischen Örtchen geführt. Die besten Zeiten des Cafés gehören schon längst der Vergangenheit an als Joe, der vierzehnjährige Sproß der Familie, von der drohenden Schließung des Cafés erfährt. Um das Vermächtnis seines geliebten Großvaters doch noch zu retten setzt Joe alle Hebel in Bewegung. Mit seinem feurigen Temperament, kreativen Ideen und der Hilfe seiner Cousine Mimi aus Italien, die auch noch eine wunderbare Köchin ist, lebt das schon tot geglaubte Café Morelli langsam wieder auf.

Meine Meinung

 

Der Jugendroman “Café Morelli” von Giancarlo R. Gemin spricht mich mit seinem romantisch, verträumten Cover, dass die Lust auf eine schöne Tasse Kaffee weckt, schon auf den ersten Blick an. Dem Königskinder Verlag ist es einmal mehr gelungen, meine Fantasie bereits durch die hübsche Buchgestaltung zu beflügeln und meine Neugierde auf die Geschichte hinter den Buchdeckeln zu wecken.

 

Gemin erzählt die bewegende Geschichte des vierzehnjährigen Joe, der vor allem an seinen italienischen Wurzeln und seinem Nonno (Großvater) hängt. Joes Herkunft lässt sich nicht leugnen, denn er ist tatsächlich sehr temperamentvoll und setzt sich für seine Herzensangelegenheiten mit Haut und Haar ein. Schnell wird klar, dass das seit Generationen von der Familie betriebene Café Morelli das Herzstück des Romans bildet – doch dieses lockt schon lange keine Katze mehr hinter dem Ofen hervor. Joe liebt das geschichtsträchtige Café und weiß zudem um die große Bedeutung für seinen Nonno. Die genauen Hintergründe erfährt der Leser gemeinsam mit Joe, denn Nonno nimmt Bänder über die Vergangenheit und die Bedeutung des Cafés auf. Es fließen Aspekte über die italienische Immigration in Wales ein und wie sich der Zusammenhalt eines Stadtviertels über die Entwicklung des zweiten Weltkrieges stellt. Auch die Versenkung des Schiffes Arandora Star spielt eine Rolle.

 

Giancarlo Gemin erzählt die Geschichte mit so viel Gefühl und haucht mit Kaffeeduft, gutem italienischem Essen sowie den Klängen der Oper sogar in dem trübsten walisische Städtchen italienisches Charme ein, dass man wie gebannt an den Zeilen kleben bleibt. Dieses Buch ist mir von Seite zu Seite immer ein Stückchen mehr an’s Herz gewachsen. Giancarlo Gemin hat mit Joe einen einmaligen Hauptprotagonisten mit sehr viel Herz und Temperament erschaffen – man muss ihn Dank seinem untrügerischen Sinn für Familie, Tradition und Oper einfach mögen. Den Originaltitel “Sweet Pizza” finde ich, nun da ich die Geschichte kenne, etwas zutreffender – denn dieser Titel ist ein Symbol für die Botschaft des Romans: Man kann einfach alles schaffen wenn man will.

 

Wer gerne einen Roman mit authentischen Charakteren, geschichtlichen Hintergründen, gewürzt mit einer Prise italienischem Charme lesen möchte, der ist bei “Café Morelli” genau an der richtigen Adresse!

 

Fazit

 

Einfach wohlfühlen, genießen und die tiefgeheden Wurzeln auf sich wirken lassen.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-cafe-morelli-von-giancarlo-r-gemin
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text 2017-08-01 22:12
England (the Southern / Central Part), from East to West and Back: Bookish Souvenirs
Jane Austen's Hampshire - Terry Townsend
The Book of Margery Kempe - Margery Kempe,Barry Windeatt
Intimate Letters of England's Queens - Margaret Sanders
1415: Henry V's Year of Glory - Ian Mortimer
Bosworth: The Birth of the Tudors - Chris Skidmore
Constable in Love: Love, Landscape, Money and the Making of a Great Painter - Martin Gayford
The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science - Andrea Wulf
The House of Rothschild: Volume 2: The World's Banker: 1849-1999 - Niall Ferguson
The Malice of Unnatural Death - Michael Jecks
The Late Show - Michael Connelly

The Trip:

* Chiltern Hills and Thames Valley (to mystery lovers, aka "Midsomer County" -- though given that this is an area chock-full of quintessential(ly) English villages, it's no surprise that it also routinely provides locations for other series, such as Inspector Morse, The Vicar of Dibley, and of course, adaptations of Agatha Christie's mysteries ... Christie herself, after all, also spent her last years in this area, in a village just outside of Wallingford, where she is also buried.)

* Chawton: Jane Austen's home

* Gloucester and Malmesbury

* The Welsh Borderland: The Welsh Marches, Herefordshire, and Shropshire

* Bosworth and Leicester

* East Anglia: Norfolk, Ely, and Stour Valley (aka [John] Constable Country)

 

 

The Souvenirs:

* Jane Austen:

- Pride and Prejudice -- an imitation leather-bound miniature copy of the book's first edition

- Lady Susan -- audio version performed, inter alia, by Harriet Walter

- Teenage Writings (including, inter alia, Cassandra, Love and Freindship, and The History of England)

 

* Terry Townsend: Jane Austen's Hampshire (gorgeously illustrated hardcover)

* Hugh Thomson:

- Illustrations to Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion

- Illustrations to Mansfield Park and Emma

* Pen Vogler: Tea with Jane Austen

 

... plus other Austen-related bits, such as a playing card set featuring Hugh Thomson's illustrations for Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Persuasion, two Austen first edition refrigerator magnets, two "Austen 200" designer pens, a Chawton wallpaper design notepad, and a set of Austen-related postcards.

 


* Margery Kempe: The Book of Margery Kempe
* Julian of Norwich: Revelations of Divine Love

(have read bits of pieces of both, but never yet the whole thing(s) -- something to be remedied soonish)

* Margaret Sanders (ed.):

- Letters of England's Queens

- Letters of England's Kings

("Queens" looks decidedly more interesting, but I figured since there were both volumes there ... Unfortunately, neither contains any Plantagenet correspondence, though; they both start with the Tudors.)

* Terry Jones: Medieval Lives

* Ian Mortimer:

- The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, Ruler of England 1327-1330

- 1415: Henry V's Year of Glory

* Chris Skidmore: Bosworth -- The Birth of the Tudors

* David Baldwin: Richard III

* Richard Hayman: The Tudor Reformation

* Glyn E. German: Welsh History

(The last two are decidedly more on the "outline" side, but they're useful as fast, basic references)

* Martin Gayford: Constable in Love -- the painter John Constable, that is.

* Andrea Wulf: The Invention of Nature (yeah, I know, late to the party, but anyway ... and at least I got the edition with the black cover!)

* Chris Beardshaw: 100 Plants that almost changed the World (as title and cover imply, nothing too serious, but a collection of interesting tidbits nevertheless)

* Niall Ferguson: The House of Rothschild -- The World's Banker, 1849-1999

 

 

* Michael Jecks, Knights Templar:

- The Leper's Return

- The Boy-Bishop's Glovemaker

- The Devil's Acolyte

- The Chapel of Bones

- The Butcher of St. Peter's

- The Malice of Unnatural Death

   

* Shirley McKay: Hue & Cry (a mystery set in Jacobean St. Andrews, Scotland)

 

... and finally, two present-day mystery/thrillers, just to balance off (well, not really, but anyway ...) all that history:

 

* Jo Nesbø: The Snowman

* Michael Connelly: The Late Show
 

... plus several more mugs for my collection (because I clearly don't own enough of those yet), two Celtic knot bookmarks, a Celtic knot T-shirt, a Celic knot pin, a Celtic knot designer pen (can you tell I really like Celtic knot designs?), assorted handmade soaps and lavender sachets, and assorted further postcards and sticky notes, plus in-depth guidebooks of pretty much every major place I visited (which guidebooks I sent ahead by mail before leaving England, so they're currently still en route to my home).

 

ETA:

Oh, and then there's John le Carré's The Pigeon Tunnel, which I bought at the airport right before my departure and am currently reading.  Books that you buy at the departure for a trip do qualify for a vacation book haul, don't they?

 

 


Merken

Merken

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text 2017-08-01 18:50
Hay-on-Wye

... minus the book festival, but anyway.  Book town writ large.

 

So there I was, nicely pacing myself (read: trying hard at least not to enter every single book store I was passing) --

 


 

 

... but then this happened, and my self-control was toast:

I left the store with, among other things, the better part of Michael Jecks's Knights Templar series (to the extent I haven't already read it, that is, obviously) and a few other books in addition.

 

"Chalky," the murder victim chalk outline figure lying so conveniently at the bottom of the True Crime section, was taken about town by a local artist, incidentally (I'd have paid anything for postcards of these images, but there weren't any, so I had to content myself with taking photos of photos):

 

Oh, and just in case you're wondering, like pretty much every self-respecting town in the Welsh borderland Hay-on-Wye does have a castle, too, and true to form it did get razed (or nearly, anyway) a couple of times in the various Welsh-English wars and in the English Civil War ... but who needs a castle when you have book stores?!  (It's intended to be made another book-related fixture of the town, though, so that should be interesting.)

 

Last but not least and for the sake of visual context: This is what you drive through on your way to booktown central.

Merken

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text 2017-07-12 21:01
Exciting July Releases That Are On My TBR
A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light - Eleanor Brown
A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England) - Roseanna M. White
The Diplomat's Daughter: A Novel - Karin Tanabe
Where the Light Falls: A Novel of the French Revolution - Owen Pataki,Allison Pataki
Seducing Abby Rhodes - J.D. Mason
Edward VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved - Catharine Arnold
The One I've Waited For (The Crystal Series) - Mary B. Morrison
The Cartel 7: Illuminati: Roundtable of Bosses - Ashley and JaQuavis,JaQuavis Coleman
The Truth We Bury: A Novel - Barbara Taylor Sissel

I finished only one book in June. I was quite shocked. I've started many and am hopeful that July will be a better month for reading. I've been out of sorts personally and physically. However, this list of books are right up my street and I'm sure are going to be awesome reads. I'm revisiting favorite authors and genres.

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review 2016-11-13 00:00
Josey Wales: Two Westerns
Josey Wales: Two Westerns - Forrest Carter You can't really read this book without imagining Clint Eastwood as the title character.
In the first book, it tells how Josey Wales became a guerilla fighter in the Border Wars after the Union killed his family.
After the war, the rest of his group head off, lured by talk of amnesty but he can't give up that easily.
He keeps fighting for what he thinks is right, as the price on his head grows bigger. He makes friends along the way, forming his own band of "kin".
Like most good leaders, he inspires those around him to be more than they think they are, and he will put himself in danger first to protect them.

The second book sees one of his friends taken prisoner by Spanish/Mexican rurales, so he gives up the life he's made and heads off to rescue him.
Again, he pulls in unlikely allies as he fights against the odds for one person.

Both books are action packed, violent when they need to be, peopled with well written characters, although a bit heavy on the "civilised people bad, downtrodden people good" message.
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