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Appointment with Il Duce

Hozy Rossi

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ISBN : 9781566492010
Hardcover
224 pages
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Cortenza, a small Italian town far removed from Rome and the tumultuous events surrounding Mussolinis rise to power, is home to Beppe Arpino, a fatherless, impoverished boy blessed with poor posture and chronic insomnia. Beppe also has a talent forMoreCortenza, a small Italian town far removed from Rome and the tumultuous events surrounding Mussolinis rise to power, is home to Beppe Arpino, a fatherless, impoverished boy blessed with poor posture and chronic insomnia. Beppe also has a talent for music, and under the paternal eye of Father Vincenzo, the local priest, he develops into an excellent cellist. But Father Vincenzo also shares with Beppe his passion for teeth, and, after the priests mysterious death, fate nudges Beppe toward Naples and the pursuit of a career in dentistry. At first, the sprawling city is kind to our hero. Beppe enrolls in the Naples Institute for Dental Arts and apprentices with Dr Puzo, an eccentric visionary and founder of the school. Soon he finds love in the form of Angelina Perelli, a young woman whose near-perfect teeth would inspire awe in any dental student. But as Beppe matures, so does the fascist state, and inevitably he must take sides. A trip to Rome to fulfill Dr. Puzos dying wish threatens to cost him Angelina. Nevertheless, it is a trip that Beppe must make.