God protect me from my friends gavin maxwell

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god protect me from my friends gavin maxwell

God Protect Me From My Friends by Gavin Maxwell

This is one of many accounts of the life of the Sicilian bandit, and probably also mafioso, Salvatore Giuliano.

I have been reading the first edition, which gave rise to a libel trial in the 1960s in London. The author and his publisher were successfully sued by a member of the Sicilian aristocracy, who objected to his name being associated with supporting the bandit.

Gavin Maxwell writes well and interestingly, but portrays Giuliano as a latter-day Robin Hood, who robbed the rich to help the poor. By most other accounts, Giuliano was far from that. He was an unpleasant and ruthless killer, and most probably a member of the Cosa Nostra. His worst crime was the massacring and injuring of many innocent men, women, and children attending a left wing political rally at Portella della Ginestra on 1st May 1947. I have to take issue with Maxwells version of this story. Maxwell claims that Giulianis plan was merely to frighten the people and thus persuade them to shun socialism, but that it backfired. It is unlikely that Giuliani worried about who was going to get hurt when he and his band of men fired over 800 rounds of ammunition at a a crowd of unarmed innocent people.

The book is an out of date curiosity, which is not worth reading if you are interested in getting reliable information about Giuliani. However, I do feel that Maxwell, who lived in Sicily for several years, captures the flavour of the troubled island well.
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Publisher: Longmans Green and Co. Year Published: Condition: GOOD. Dust jacket: Yes. Pagination: Edition: First Edition. Reference: TMB.

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A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox vulpes libris : small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard. Sicily has intrigued me for a very long time. As with other places of which I had developed a strong image in my mind another was Venice , when I actually visited Sicily, the truth had some tenuous connection with what I had imagined, but it went far beyond it. Sicily has the power to inspire writers to create utterly original works — mainly, I now am coming to believe, because it is a place like no other, with a history and culture, a past and present like no other, that generates unique narratives in real life.


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