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Roman Song

by Brian Kennedy

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Roman Song follows Fergal Flynn’s progress picking up directly from The Arrival of Fergal Flynn, as Fergal leaves his native Belfast and arrives in Rome ready to commence his training under the tutelage of international opera star Alfredo Moretti.
Fergal settles in quickly, working in and living above the family restaurant of Alfredo’s sister Arianna while pursuing his singing lessons. But he desperately misses the intimacy he enjoyed with Father Dermot MacManus, his saviour and lover in Belfast. He struggles too to find his true self and unleash the full depth of his remarkable talent, held back by feelings on inadequacy and his troubled Belfast upbringing.
Alfredo has to confront his own problems when a figure from his past arrives in Rome, at the same Fergal receives tragic news from home, presenting them both with difficult challenges that will have far reaching effects.
But there are bright prospects in view individually for both Fergal and Alfredo, will they have the strength, courage and confidence to recognise them and grasp them.
The moving Arrival of Fergal Flynn introduced us to an appealing but vulnerable character and this sequel is every bit as delightful as we follow Fergal’s progress and see the roughness of his Belfast upbringing tempered as he finds himself in environment in which he truly feels at home. A very moving and heart-warming love story, at times funny, but always captivating and enthralling; Roman Song is highly recommended. ( )
  Bembo | May 8, 2007 |
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When Fergal Flynn's remarkable singing talent is discovered by world-famous opera star Alfredo Moretti, the young man leaves his native Belfast and sets out for Rome, where he will undergo training to become an opera singer. In a city of culture and beauty, he is an innocent abroad, and Fergal finds his life turned upside-down as he tries to adjust to this new, mysterious world. And when Fintan arrives on the scene - a young man from a background altogether different to his - Fergal struggles with his difficult past in an attempt to bridge the gulf between them and discover what love really is. Moving from the modern age back through the decades, "Roman Song" also tells the story of Fintan's parents - Amelia, the beautiful, widowed countess, and Mario Fischetti, world-renowned singer, who meet during a tour of Tosca - and the strange love triangle that surrounds their union.… (more)

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