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The Almond Picker: A Novel Hardcover – March 9, 2005. There is so much of Italy, of Sicily, in the book that you do feel as though you just got off the plane from there, as if you just read a book in Italian, even after reading this English version. 4 people found this helpful.

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Simonetta Agnello Hornby created a wonderful background in The Almond Picker. I definitely enjoyed the book and look forward to reading other books by Simonetta Agnello Hornby. I loved reading about life in a Sicilian village in the sixties and how it changed throughout Mennu's lifetime. People may live in different parts of the world, but human character is the same all over, no matter where you are. She herself seems quite a character. She dedicated the book The Almond Picker to British Airways! You can read an interview with her at The Independent.

Simonetta Agnello Hornby; Translated by Alastair McEwen. The Almond Picker is her first book. Simonetta Agnello Hornby. With impressive technical skill, first-time author Hornby introduces a raft of characters a series of mysteries satisfyingly solved in a well-crafted narrative. This is at heart a potboiler, but Alastair McEwen's translation preserves its dark and bitter Italian flavor.

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Having read and enjoyed Simonetta Agnello Hornby's first book, "The Almond Picker," I was eager to read this second novel set in Sicily in the late . Перевод: Alastair McEwen. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

Having read and enjoyed Simonetta Agnello Hornby's first book, "The Almond Picker," I was eager to read this second novel set in Sicily in the late 1800's.

Simonetta Agnello Hornby is an Italian novelist and food writer. Born in Palermo, Sicily, in 1945, Simonetta Agnello Hornby has spent most of her adult life in England where she worked as a solicitor for a community legal aid firm specialized in domestic violence that she co-founded in 1979

Simonetta Agnello Hornby; Alastair McEwen. As the details unfold about this mysterious woman, The Almond Picker assumes the witty suspense of a thriller, the emotional power of a love story, and the evocative atmosphere of a historical novel.

Simonetta Agnello Hornby; Alastair McEwen. Book Format: Choose an option. Set in Sicily in the 1960s, a violent, complicated society in the midst of tumultuous change, The Almond Picker is the story of a woman who negotiated for her freedom as no one else dared.

Simonetta Agnello Hornby was born in Palermo, Sicily and has lived in London for thirty years where she works as a lawyer for children with special needs. Country of Publication.

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A surprising mystery--and love story--set in rural SicilyLike many memorable works of fiction, The Almond Picker hinges on a question, in this case: who is Maria Rosalia Inzerillo, known as Mennulara, the almond picker? Born into a desperately poor Sicilian farming family, Mennulara went into service when she was only a girl, as a maid for a well-to-do local family; by dint of hard work and intelligence, she became the indispensable administrator of the family's affairs and was said to be rich. Still, she was a mere servant, and now (as the story begins) she is dead.Who was she, really? Simonetta Agnello Hornby's wonderfully entertaining novel about this mysterious woman -- a bestseller in Italy when it was published in 2002 -- has all the suspense of a witty thriller, the emotions of a powerful love story, and the evocative atmosphere of a historical novel. Set in Sicily in the 1960s, a violent, complicated society in the midst of tumultuous change, where young and old, rich and poor, men and women are set against each other, The Almond Picker is the story of a woman who negotiated for her freedom as no one else dared. Unusual instructions in Mennulara's will perplex the family she worked for and send the children on a kind of treasure hunt, for each of them wants to secure her fabled riches. She is no longer physically present, but her mysterious importance to them and to the village comes into focus in a series of dramatic encounters and spiky exchanges among the neighbors. Everyone has a very different idea about Mennulara's amazing life. Was she a humble servant who ruled her master, or perhaps a pawn for the Mafia? Was she a seducer and opportunist, a sly blackmailer waiting for a payoff, or the opposite? During the thirty days following her death, the surprising truth is revealed.

Comments: (7)

Bajinn
An in-depth view of the world of the Sicilian nobility and the people who depended on them. at late as the 1960's. The main character, the Almond Picker of the title is a peasant girl who rises to a position of power in a wealthy noble family. As the story unfolds, I found some of the ways in which she gained her power somewhat difficult to believe, but the story is entertaining and informative.
Foginn
This is not a novel with an active protagonist. You can't sit back and just let a movie take place in your head. The many characters in small town Sicily weave their own straw into what will become a complex basket of a tale, but it's slow in coming. I wasn't trying to force memorize who was whom or who had said what prior; I just read each chapter and enjoyed the descriptions. Eventually the story becomes gripping.

It's not the novel you can't put down in the first half. Rather, you can put it down and attend to life, and the more you return to it, the less long you can leave it on the table. The last quarter is where details start to spill and the secrets are revealed.

There is so much of Italy, of Sicily, in the book that you do feel as though you just got off the plane from there, as if you just read a book in Italian, even after reading this English version.
Painbrand
I had to take two breaks from this book but kept returning. What I both liked and disliked about it is its Italianness. I loved that it felt authentic to its core and I liked the writing. I recognized the people from my own family and by their resemblance to friends who were born in Italy. This is not an American Italian story, it is Italian through and through. There is a lot of old world petty intrigue, hysteria, machismo, ignorance, manipulation, insinuation, stiffling class and gender boundaries, a touch of politics (but of course). Reading this book reminded me how much I disliked my uncles Vito and Sal. Glad I read it, though.
VizoRRR
This book captured me from page one. Set in small town Sicily in 1963, the author skillfully crafted a Sicilian family mystery and tale of loyalty that kept my attention to the end. While I didn't like some of the characters in this book, I could not seem to put it down. When I did put it down, picked it back up quickly.

The author uses a unique narrative style, showing us that things are not always what they seem. She doesn't spoon-feed her readers, but challenges us to keep up. So glad I did.
Gom
A beautifully written story that weaves together the mysterious, intriguing and tragic life circumstances of an intelligent, resourceful maid with her mostly doubtful, if not malicious small-town, Italian society.

Hornby masterfully balances culture and history with a swift-moving plot and memorable characters to create a winning work of art. An important lesson that she brings home is guarding against judging others. This is a must-read for historical novel lovers.
Onnell
It takes patience to read this because there are so many characters and so many different points of view on Mennulara's personality and abilities. But there is a mystery being solved for the reader as to who this person really was in the end. Fascinating story of a person who started and ended as a servtant, but also managed the family's properties

It also gives us the flavor of life in a small village anywhere, and in this case Sicily in the early to mid- 20th century.
Wizard
Interesting choice to write a book with an absent heroine. Hard to keep the minor characters straight.
I had such hopes for this book based on all the wonderful reviews. I am giving it two stars only because the cover design is so pretty. The author creates a main character (deceased) who is purely unlikeable for the first half of the book. She describes repeatedly how unlikeable she was from the perspective of each person of the small Sicilian town. Talk about beating a dead horse. Simply torturous reading. The family that the dead person worked for is also mostly unlikeable. More torturous reading. The second half of the book perks up a bit with a few intersting plot turns and creative plot line but still, I could NOT wait to finish this book so the pain would be over.

I have to be honest, the book even squashed my desire to visit Sicily.
The Almond Picker: A Novel download epub
World Literature
Author: Alastair McEwen,Simonetta Agnello Hornby
ISBN: 0374182345
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: World Literature
Language: English
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (March 16, 2005)
Pages: 336 pages