Book Reviews of Chewing Gum in Holy Water: A Childhood in the Heart of Italy

Chewing Gum in Holy Water: A Childhood in the Heart of Italy
Chewing Gum in Holy Water A Childhood in the Heart of Italy
Author: Mario Valentini, Cheryl Hardacre
ISBN-13: 9781559708371
ISBN-10: 1559708379
Publication Date: 5/9/2007
Pages: 334
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Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Book Type: Hardcover
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Chewing Gum in Holy water is a fascinating coming-of-age story that is laced with humorous, heart-warming life lessons of an adventurous boy growing up Catholic in post WWII Italy. His struggling mother sends four year old Mario to live with his uncle, a traveling priest, and his spinster aunt. The book covers Mario's life from 4 years old until his teen years. Each chapter is a scene from his life; the tales center around Mario's experiences with religion and his wild times with friends. From switching toys during Epiphany to hiding cigarettes and gum behind church statues and touching a bull for love; Mario's childhood was certainly unique. Every few years he moved to a new village and had to make new friends. Along the way his life was shaped by an elderly painter, the bickering Friar and Jesuit, the priest-eating Communist, two very different girls, equally adventurous friends and his beloved uncle. I would love it if a movie was made based on this book, it's a really sweet story.