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I don’t remember exactly when I first read Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone, but I think I was in my very early twenties (if that). The volume, a paperback with a worn cover and thin pages that had the musty smell particular to old books, had belonged to my mother and she had faint memories of it, but nothing solid.  There are a lot of layers to the story, but a good summary might go something like this: Pietro Spina, a member of the Socialist party, returns to Mussolini’s Italy after years of politically forced exile.  Taken ill, he is sent to a remote mountain village in Abruzzi to recover, posing as a priest named Don Paolo. There, his political ideologies come face-to-face with the brutal life of the peasants and Spina, an intellectual man, realizes that rhetoric and words are not enough.

http://blog.timesunion.com/vinoteca/bread-and-wine/4924/

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