• Title: The Secret of Santa Vittoria
  • Author: Robert Crichton
  • ISBN: 9780671642754
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Hardcover
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    The Secret of Santa Vittoria To save the long term future of their village the people in the Italian village of Santa Vittoria decide to hide over a million bottles of their famous and expensive wine from the occupying Nazis
    To save the long term future of their village, the people in the Italian village of Santa Vittoria decide to hide over a million bottles of their famous and expensive wine from the occupying Nazis.

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    1. Nikos Kazantzakis'in Zorba'sı ve Robert Crichton'un Kasabanın Sırrı kitaplarının ortak noktaları uyarlanan filmlerinde baş karakterleri oynayan kişinin Anthony Quinn olması. Quinn'in filmlerdeki varlığı, iki kitap için de yararlı bir imge sağlıyor okurken (Hele bir de Quinn'in oyunculuğunun hayranıysanız). Sinemaya uyarlamaları yapılan eserleri sevenler için Kasabanın Sırrı, kitap+film şeklinde yapılarak keyfi iki katına çıkarabilen eserlerden. Kitapla film arasın [...]

    2. After visiting some of the hilltowns in Tuscany, I wondered what it would have been like to live through WWII there. Based on a true story and the author 's personal experience, the book clearly told the story of one small village and their ordeal. It was light and humorous, insightful and introspective, and the narrator was excellent! In my mind I placed the book in Montepulciano, the heart of wine making country and a town with many of the same characteristics as the one in the book. The chara [...]

    3. For many years, this was my favorite book. A beautiful, comical story of a very small town in the mountains of Italy in WWII, the book features some unforgettable characters and one of the best prologues I can remember. It will make you laugh, cry and rejoice at the resiliency of the human spirit.

    4. WOW. Reading this was a bit like reading the Guernsey Potato Peel Pie Society, and a bit like watching the 1953 movie Wages of Fear. Exciting, moving, funny, wised shocking, too. I have to admit it took me about 100 pages to really get into it, but then I couldn't put it down.

    5. I read this book when I was 16 and it was the only book that made me laugh out loud. I just loved it! What a pity Robert Crichton wrote only two books.

    6. Hidden away with my family’s things, my nonno mentioned I may enjoy this book. He knows me well. Come to find out this book was a NY Best Selling book in its day. It’s funny, it’s witty, and loved the storyline. Once again, another WWII book (I seem not to be able to escape this genre), but in this case, it’s a humourous tale of how entire Italian town tricked the Germans occupying it by hiding their prized wines. My grandfather also mentioned it became a movie. Now I’m off to find it [...]

    7. I read this book for the Wine Store Book Club I moderate for my library. I would not have read it otherwise, in spite of the fact that I chose the book as a selection for the club. The plot sounded amusing. A small wine-making village in the hills of Italy tries to hide close to one million bottles of wine from the occupying Nazis. Amusing isn't quite the word I used once I finished the book. The story takes place near the end of WWII, just after Mussolini is executed. The Germans are occupying [...]

    8. Really torn on this book, as I remember the movie that was made from this - a movie that was a huge box office disappointment! Maybe it is because I am Italian, maybe it is because the sites in the book all come from the region of my ancestry - Le Marche on the Adriatic Coast - and maybe it is because of the fact that this is an older book based on WW2. I wanted to like the book that is sort of classified as a comedy but at the same time there are vast parts of this book that deal with the horro [...]

    9. Wow. There is so much to like about this book. It starts off a little dry and old school. After a few chapters it hits its stride though. Well developed characters and great pacing. Surprising suspenseful. Machiavelli is worked well into the story. Not that I have anything to go on, but it feels that this book captured what a small hillside Italian town was like back in the 1940s. One thing that really disappoints me after finishing it is that book isn't as real as the introduction or parts of t [...]

    10. A bumbling, hilarious, over-the-top and pitch perfect gem of a read. The story of a small town in Italy that goes to extraordinary lengths to protect it's wine- the purpose of the town's (and it's inhabitants) very existence- during a German occupation towards the end of World War II. Laugh out loud funny. Hard to find, but if you can, it's absolutely worth getting.

    11. I loved this. The characters were so vivid and it totally transported me to another place and time. Even though the story took place during WWII it was a very different story from most WWII books. Unique and endearing.

    12. A second world war story about the Germans taking over a small Italian wine growing town. Beautifully told and a great insight into the peasant mind when they hide the wine and refuse to tell it's location. Full of humour, love, courage, cruelty, honour and cowardice. A must read story.

    13. I have read this a few times and have always enjoyed the tale. Great character development, a great plot and well written.

    14. I really enjoyed this book. I read it when it was first released, and had a lot of fun. There's a lot of humor in this book and for anyone who likes Italy and Italians it's a really fun read.

    15. A great book. Best novel I've read in a long time. There's plenty of humor early on, but as the end comes (and the SS) the fun ends. It rings true from beginning to end.

    16. Old book but one of the most memorable I've read. Italy, wine, comedy, suspense, it has it all!

    17. Knihu mi doporučil a půjčil táta mého kamaráda, stejně jako pár knih předtím. Motivací ke čtení bylo společné téma, kterých bylo vždy pomálu, ovšem pak se kniha četla sama. Malá vesnice Santa Vittoria existuje daleko od všech problémů probíhající války, je jí jedno, kdo zrovna je u moci. Samozřejmě dokud nezačne být v ohrožení to nejcennější, co ve vesnici lze nalézt- víno. A tak se obyvatelé musejí spojit, aby ukryly milion láhví nejlepšího vína p [...]

    18. A highly entertaining story with tightly written use of details.2015 Reread: I remember enjoying this novel so much, and lately I've done a lot of mysteries and books for work, so I decided to do something I rarely do with novels -- I read this a second time after over 20 years. The story was new to me, after so many years. The writing was still so entertaining that I had no trouble looking forward to picking up the book, and even sneaking in extra reading time. Bombolini the Mayor of Santa Vitt [...]

    19. Why am I limited to 5 stars? I give this book 10 stars. Maybe 11! It has something forterallyeveryone.DramaHistory and warTension/conflictScenery/descriptive proseWit and self-effacing humorMorals and consequencesHeartbreak beyond tearsand Thunderbolt love.And hilarious stereotypes! Although if I were German or Italian, I'm sure I would be incensed and insulted. Yet on the other hand, the stereotypes were mostly assumed by the characters (even by themselves) and then later provedwell, I hate spo [...]

    20. This was an interesting story about the German occupation of a small Italian village during WW II . The people of Santa Vittoria have a stockpile of one million bottles of wine that is produced in their village and is of the highest quality. Their wine production is a source of pride, and their ability to keep the Germans from stealing it is the challenge of this story. I enjoyed the rich descriptions of the Italian character and tempermant and watching the clever ways the Italians strung along [...]

    21. I just loved reading this book, and do so from time to time again when the need arises. It's a WWII story unlike any other I've ever come across. Definitely dealing with the heartache of the era, but also such humor and touching characters and townspeople reminiscent to me of the movie "Life is Beautiful". Not in story line, to be clear, but in essence.

    22. I first read this book in high school back in the early 70s. I remembered really enjoying it, and I am glad I re-read this again!

    23. This was an interesting read. I would not have chosen it on my own, but it was a book club selection. The character development seemed to take way too long, and I wasn't drawn in until about halfway through the book. I guess you could call this historical fiction, as it took place during WWII, as the Germans were invading southern Italy. There were some uncomfortable descriptions of torture, but they were brief. The story had a strange humor to it, and I was anxious to finish and find out what h [...]

    24. Had to read this book for a school assignment and I was surprised at how funny it was. You just have to get through the first 100 pages and then it becomes really interesting and I couldn't put the book down.

    25. 3.5 stars. Fascinating story, a little slow at times, especially the beginning but great last 25%. Read it because it was on Ben Shapiro’s “Things I like” segment.

    26. While the book starts out a little slow and continues along at an ambling pace, it's well worth the read for its subtle messages about fascism, courage and human dignity.

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