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Sacred Time
Sacred Time
Author: Ursula Hegi
The bestselling author of Stones From the River delivers her most ambitious and dramatic novel yet -- the unforgettable story of an endearing, but flawed, Italian American family. In December 1953 Anthony Amedeo's world is nested in his Bronx neighborhood, his parent's Studebaker, the Paradise Theater, Yankee Stadium -- and in his imagin...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780743257268
ISBN-10: 074325726X
Publication Date: 4/5/2004
Pages: 320
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4.2 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 2
Having read and listened to Hegi's Stones from the River, I was so very surprised at this book--about the Bronx, yet! I really enjoy these type of NYC family tales, such as A Bronx Tale, Lost in Yonkers, etc, and this did not disappoint. This book drips the Bronx of the 1950's with capital letters, the people, their accent, the smells and sounds. There is typical Italian family closeness, and with it, the resentments when a brother takes in his sister's family when her husband is jailed--again. It starts as young Anthony's tale, and that of his twin cousins, Bianca and Belinda, and the tragedy that befalls them on snowy December night when Anthony, jealous of the perfect Glass Wax stencils Belinda is dabbing on the windows, resentful of the girls now having his bedroom, his space, encourages sad Bianca to spread her Superman cape and fly from the 5th floor window to her absent father. A secret, a sin, that is known by all, but acknowledged aloud by none. This is the common thread through the tale that moves to his parents, the twins parents stories, and then back to Anthony.
Through three generations, to contemporary Bronx, we travel with this family through heartbreak, deceit and at long last, redemption. This is a strong, emotional book that drips true human nature and frailties. A bit of everything: man leaves wife for younger woman, she has an affair with a man just barely out of his teens. Priest leaves the church, but not his faith, for the love of a woman. And a love fulfilled after 30 long years yearning.
(An added plus for the audio: One of the readers is Mercedes Ruehl, who is absolutely marvelous in her native accent, powerful as Leonora, Anthony's mother. And Annabella Sciorra is darn good, too.
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Helpful Score: 1
Jumped from character to character. Interesting but be prepared to give your full attention.
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Maybe I've read too many of Hegi's books, but although I know better, it seemed like I had read the book before. Almost predictable.
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When I read Ursula Hegi's Stones from the River I assumed she must've been a German dwarf to be able to relate that story so convincingly; and now I can't believe she's not a New York Roman-Catholic Italian. Hegi manages to sound more authentic New York Roman-Catholic Italian than my husband's actual New York Roman-Catholic Italian family does!

Sacred Time is the story of four generations of Amedeos in the Bronx. Grandmother Riptide and her husband have an amazing love story beginning with their first meeting when she dives in and saves him from drowning. Their children Florio and Victor marry and separate from their own loves, have children of their own, and together suffer and survive the unthinkable - the loss of a child. Their story is told by different members of this fractured family, over the course of fifty years.
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Helpful Score: 1
Having read and listened to Hegi's Stones from the River, I was so very surprised at this book--about the Bronx, yet! I really enjoy these type of NYC family tales, such as A Bronx Tale, Lost in Yonkers, etc, and this did not disappoint. This book drips the Bronx of the 1950's with capital letters, the people, their accent, the smells and sounds. There is typical Italian family closeness, and with it, the resentments when a brother takes in his sister's family when her husband is jailed--again. It starts as young Anthony's tale, and that of his twin cousins, Bianca and Belinda, and the tragedy that befalls them on snowy December night when Anthony, jealous of the perfect Glass Wax stencils Belinda is dabbing on the windows, resentful of the girls now having his bedroom, his space, encourages sad Bianca to spread her Superman cape and fly from the 5th floor window to her absent father. A secret, a sin, that is known by all, but acknowledged aloud by none. This is the common thread through the tale that moves to his parents, the twins parents stories, and then back to Anthony.
Through three generations, to contemporary Bronx, we travel with this family through heartbreak, deceit and at long last, redemption. This is a strong, emotional book that drips true human nature and frailties. A bit of everything: man leaves wife for younger woman, she has an affair with a man just barely out of his teens. Priest leaves the church, but not his faith, for the love of a woman. And a love fulfilled after 30 long years yearning.
An added plus for the audio: One of the readers is Mercedes Ruehl, who is absolutely marvelous in her native accent, powerful as Leonora, Anthony's mother. And Annabella Sciorra is darn good, too.
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