[Book Review] Islands of Fire - Dick Rosano

Islands of Fire is the first installment in The Sicily Chronicles. Authored by Dick Rosano. An esteemed writer for Washington Post, Ambassador Magazine, and other periodicals. The novel takes us on an odyssey through the history of the Sicily. A work of fact and fiction, the lucid narrative takes us back to the prehistoric times. When the island of Sicily was first inhabited by humans. The story traces the development of human civilization on the island. The changing dynamics of Sicilian culture and polity were well captured. The story narrated through the protagonist Luca, as he dives into the history of his home with the wise old Vito.

A well-researched piece of art, this book is what a history textbook should be, a story rather than a pile of facts. Sicily being a strategically important location was subjected to countless invasions. From Arabs to the Romans who didn't care much about the residents or their culture. The features I liked most about this "historical fiction" is the attempt to recreate the life and social interactions. Though I don't know if Anu was actually the first inhabitant. Another feature I liked the most is the vivid descriptions. This book will definitely be a treasured gem in the collection of a history enthusiast.

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