Beneath A Scarlet Sky

Beneath A Scarlet Sky

A Novel

Book - 2017
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In 1940s Italy, teenager Pino Lella joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps and falls for a beautiful widow. He also becomes the personal driver of one of the Third Reich's most powerful commanders.
Publisher: Seattle :, Lake Union Publishing,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781503943377
Characteristics: 447 pages ; 21 cm


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Jan 31, 2020

This is one of the best books I've ever read. Don't let the 500 pages intimidate you - it is a page turner. I really appreciated that the author included an 'aftermath' section at the end to share what the future held after the war for the main characters of the story. That's something you don't usually get with a fiction story.

Jan 28, 2020

I didn't have a lot of information on the Italian aspect of WWII out side of the movie "The Scarlet and the Black with Gregory Peck. This book filled in some important gaps in my WWII knowledge

FPL_Sunita Jan 14, 2020

Beneath The scarlet sky is an excellent historical novel based on a true story that takes place in Italy during WWII and is one of the richest ionic World War II stories about action, adventures, hope, love, tears, war and epic heroism.

Jan 03, 2020

Pino Lella is your typical teenager, obsessed with food, music and girls.What is not so typical is that Is that its 1943 Italy, and the Italian empire is just starting to fall. Pino longs for the end of the war for his own reasons ("more jazz, less opera"), but as the bombing of Pino's home town of Milan intensifies, Pino's parents send him to a Roman Catholic mountain retreat, Casa Alphina. Little do they know that Casa Alpina is a prime escape route for people fleeing the increasing Nazi presence. From guide, to soldier, to personal driver for the most powerful man in Italy, Pino definitely did a lot of stuff during his tender teenage years. World war books are mostly in France or the UK, with some occasionally in Russia or Ukraine, but this is one of the first I have read that are situated in Italy. The story is called a historical fiction based on real events, but you only find that out if you read the prologue. The writing is average, but the story itself makes up for it. There are some mature scenes and jokes. I would recommend this book to all teenagers. 4/5
@mittopic of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Oct 28, 2019

I loved this book, this is the first book I have read regarding Italy and WWII. I found it very informative and fun to read. A true love story combined with the struggle to survive in a war torn country, especially in Milan.
I was interested to learn that despite Italy being allies with Germany that 84% of the Jewish people in Italy were either hidden or secretly lead out of Italy mostly through the efforts of the Catholic church. The resistance in Italy made for an interesting post war period because Partisans were killing Nazi sympathizers, Facists, and the Gestapo, almost no one was safe from being accused of something.
In contract in the Netherlands 75% of the Jewish people were killed with the assistance of the Dutch people.
I visited Italy about 13 years ago and I relived my experience. I wish I could have read this book before travelling there, I could see Lake Como, the Dolomites, etc. So Beautiful!

Thanks to Mark Sullivan for writing about Pino Lella and for the history lesson!

Sep 19, 2019

WWII story approx. 90% true. Takes place mostly in Italy.

Sep 14, 2019

Interesting WW2.

Aug 31, 2019

from Bonnie Paul

Aug 26, 2019

A shocking story based on the life of a teenager who had to be a man. He had to live through a terrible war during the time when he should have been finding a mate and building his future. So glad none of my family members went through what he had to endure.

Aug 20, 2019

A long, but very good novel. A sad story of the atrocities of world war in Italy. It was a good read. I would recommend it.

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