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Naples '44 Free download è 106 ↠ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Naples '44 By Norman Lewis – Norman Lewis’s groundbreaking book about Naples in the wake of the Nazi occupation is a spellbinding narrative of triumphs and tragedies in war torn ItalyAs a young man assigned to Italy with the Br Norman Lewis’s groundbreaking bookNorman Lewis’s groundbreaking book about Naples in the wake of the Nazi occupation is a spellbinding narrative of triumphs and tragedies in war torn ItalyAs a young man assigned to Italy with the British Intelligence Corps in Norman Lewis witnessed the city’s turbulent recovery. I have a GR virtual bookshelf for WWII and this is the 39th book to be added to it None of the other 38 are anything like this A journal written at the time with the author's immediate impressions and providing a view of the conflict that I personally hadn't encountered beforeThe account starts with the landings at Salerno and from the author's perspective the event was one of confusion widespread panic deaths from friendly fire and all round ineptitude with results that varied from the comic to the tragic The narrative then moves on to the Allied occupation of Naples The author's Italian language skills led him to be posted to something calledThe Field Security Service It seems to have been a sort of frontline version of MI5 responsible for rooting out enemy agents saboteurs etc although Mr Lewis seems to have spent much of his time checking on the background of Italian women seeking to marry British servicemenWhen the Allied troops arrived in Naples the population was starving and a large proportion of the female population was forced into at least part time prostitution simply to obtain food The author also describes how the population uickly organised mass theft of supplies from the Allied Army to the extent that military hospitals were sometimes so short of medicines that they had to buy them back from those who stole them The author's sympathies lay entirely with the civilian population and he was very much of the view that senior commandersstaff of the Allied Military Government were involved in racketeering It's probably the case that the author saw Naples through the telescope of his job in Field Security but that job and his language skills allowed him something of a window into a section of Neapolitan society and the reader is treated to images that range from the astonishing to the horrifying Overall though the author describes being an outsider a cog in a machine trying and largely failing to govern a society with social norms the occupiers did not understandA fascinating account of a society under extreme stress

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Struggles and resilience of one culture as well as the punishing effects of war Based on Lewis’s diary from that time the book offers both the passionate rendering of daily life in Naples and an unforgettable look at this uniuely formative time in the history of Italy and the wor. I have lived as an expat in Naples for three and a half years now and have a small library of English language books on Naples my adopted city This one is perhaps the best and certainly one of the most entertaining In summary the book is the autobiographical account of a British counterintelligence officer in Allied occupied wartime Naples The account takes place after the invasion of Sicily and before the liberation of Rome My maternal grandfather was with Patton's 3ID and at Anzio and was wounded at Monte Cassino Reading the book I couldn't help but wonder if he and Lewis ever crossed pathsAlthough Lewis tries gamely to ferret out the Fascists allegedly hiding in the wainscoting the real protagonists of the story are the Neapolitans themselves desperately trying to survive during a war induced famine Almost seventy years later my personal perceptions and observations of Naples are strikingly similar like looking in a mirror across time Naples is brimming with the most charming villains on the face of the planet and Lewis captures their schemes perfectly like the literary euivalent of an insect in amber His pen records it all the desperate and wildly passionate love of food life and even the idea of love itself He faithfully documents the hopelessly Byzantine maze of vendettas grievances machinations and even the ubiuitous tentacles of organized crime Frankly this book is a classic If you have any interest whatsoever in the history of Naples you should read this book My only contention if it can be called such is Lewis is too honest He captures the proud Neapolitans at their very worst when starvation prostitution and chicanery are at their apex It is sad to read of Naples and Neapolitans in such dire straits But Neapolitans are nothing if not survivors and they do so with their own special rapscallion blend of eual parts villainy and graceLewis himself survived the war and went on to become one of Britain's premier travel writers He wrote books on the Sicilian mafia totally separate Neapolitan organized crime the Camorra and about his travels throughout Southeast Asia Lewis is a witty and worldly literary travel companion and you can rest assured I will be reading and reviewing his other works

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Naples '44From the war after its liberation from the Nazi occupation Lewis writes in striking detail about the Neapolitan people and the effects of World War II on their everyday livesDevastating poignant and occasionally humorous Naples ’ is a captivating read that brings to vivid life the. Disclaimer I got a copy via Netgalley Have you ever read the transcripts from the Titanic inuiry It’s a rather interesting look at what various British people thought of the rest of the barbarians except for the Americans In some places Lewis’ diary of his wartime experiences in Naples mirror those transcripts but this time the Americans are part of the barbarians One of the most interesting parts of reading this diary is how slowly subtlety Lewis’ views change He eventually falls in love with the country and reading those passages is true wonderful His most descriptive work in the diary is there Part of this change might be tied to hospitality for his hosts never let him eat army rations but feed him from their own merge supplies But the real reason to read this diary is to see how the Allies interacted with the Italians once German allies but who are liberated by the Americans British and Canadians It is just the treatment of the Italians by the Allies but how one British man viewed everything In some cases Lewis’s observations and his frustrations are funny He has to deal with Italians who are arrested for cutting wire This the Italian in uestion might point out is exactly what the British asked him to do why are they arresting him for it And then he finds himself immersed in some type of Mafia vendetta that he can’t understand He doesn’t write it but his description of the event almost screams “Didn’t these Europeans read Romeo and Juliet” There is the court which is well let’s just say people get themselves lost in jail But the issues that concerns this officer the most and the issue that is most disuieting to readers several years removed is the obsession women Lewis only seems to be obsessed with women because his job calls on him to be These wicked Italian women getting their hooks into the pure innocent British boys must be checked out before they are allowed to marry the man This is one of Lewis’ jobs and he seems to think worse of the British men for not knowing how to handle love affairs then the women whom at times he admires for their ability to survive He admires a Countess who at one point in life wrestled pythons and might have killed her husband on their wedding night with passion Another woman arranges to appear richer than she actually is But he also in many ways is disuieted by the women Early on in Naples Lewis is offered a young girl by the girl’s father who noticed Lewis looking at his daughter The father does this so the daughter can eat There is a woman who prostitutes her daughter and a very young girl forced to prostitute to herself The disuiet arises from a line about Italian women in rape; Lewis writes that the Italian women don’t seem to be upset if they are raped Combined with the prostitution the rape line causes the reader to wonder what the young Lewis may not or at least did not record how much of the women’s behavior is due to the years of war to what today we would call PTSD In many ways these sections of the diary shine a light on an aspect of the Second World War that is often overlooked It isn’t a diary with big battles there are some battles but it is an interesting chronicle of the war Well worth reading