The Secret of Santa Vittoria, a novel by Robert Crichton. “Depicts the efforts of an Italian mountain village to protect its hoard of wine from German soldiers near the end of World War II. It was hugely popular because of its blend of adventure, romance, and comedy flavored with nostalgia for the war. The story holds up better than most popular fiction because of its balance between sentimentality and darker elements and especially through the attention to detail about daily life in Santa Vittoria. Even though the characters rarely rise above caricature and the young lovers are tiresome, Crichton’s village is vividly credible.”
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The Secret of Santa Vittoria, starring Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani, Virna Lisi, Hardy Kruger, Sergio Franchi. “The mayor of the hillside village of Santa Vittoria is the wine-loving town’s leader. Bombolini is a fairly worthless drunk in the small Italian town. The town turns to Bombolini when they want to hide over a million bottles of wine from the Nazi army.”
The N-O-W Traveling Preschool Playgroup will be visiting Norwalk Public Library Wednesday, December 2nd from 10 to 11:30 am.
The Mystery Book Group’s next meeting is Friday, December 4th, and from 1:30 to 2:30 pm we’ll discuss Persuader, by Lee Child, the 7th book in the Jack Reacher series. From NoveList, provided by BadgerLink: “Jack Reacher takes an undercover assignment to investigate the disappearance of a federal agent from the home of a notorious drug dealer, but Reacher soon discovers that the dealer has ties to a man from Reacher’s own past.”
The N-O-W CLC Grade 1 will visit the library Monday, December 14th from 4 to 5:30 pm.