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The Good Italian

by Stephen Burke

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It took a while to get moving, but once it did it was a very good read. With its colonial African setting, albeit on the east rather than west coast of the continent, it reminded me somewhat of Graham Greene's Heart of the Matter. Meanwhile, its consideration of right and wrong, the subject of cross-cultural relations and the court room scenes called to mind To Kill a Mockingbird. ( )
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Enzo Secchi, harbourmaster for Massawa, Eritrea's main port, is a loyal Italian colonial servant. He takes pride in running the docks, enjoys the occasional drink with his gregarious friend Salvatore, colonel of the local Italian garrison, and listens to Caruso in his spare time. But he is lonely and when Salvatore suggests he find an Eritrean housekeeper to cook, clean - and maybe share his bed - Enzo takes the plunge and advertises. Salvatore's own tastes run to the young and nubile, but Enzo surprises himself by choosing Aatifa, a sharp-tongued woman in her 30s with a complicated family life, who takes the job as a last resort.… (more)

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