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THE BOYS OF BENSONHURST.

La Puma, Salvatore.

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ISBN 10: 0820308919 / ISBN 13: 9780820308913
Published by University Of Georgia Press,, 1987
Condition: VG Hardcover
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SIGNED 1st prtg; w/corners bumped, edge soil. DJ faded; stain at spine foot. ;. Bookseller Inventory # 21474

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Title: THE BOYS OF BENSONHURST.

Publisher: University Of Georgia Press,

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:VG

Dust Jacket Condition: VG-

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Book by LA Puma, Salvatore

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These urban folktales about the Sicilian-Americans in a Brooklyn neighborhood during World War II have an ambitious purpose: to describe a cultural group that is sometimes romanticized in films and novels but rarely examined. La Puma, winner of a Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, endeavors to limn the rest of the picture, and his Bensonhurst is filled with such characters as the son of mute parents who translates their wild gesticulations, a teenager who sees no reason to fight in the war but is afraid he will be branded a coward, a wife who takes to her sickbed and refuses to leave it although she has recovered, and other immigrants and first-generation Americans influenced by old superstitions, Catholic guilt and the appeal of petty crime. Unfortunately, La Puma doesn't dig deeply enough past the mannerisms of his characters and brings a wistful regard rather than a critical eye to their lives, but he has done the next best thing, brought them accurately to print.
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