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A Dinner of Herbs - by John Verney (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 250

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Sub-Genre: Military

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Paul Dry Books

Author: John Verney

Language: English

Street Date: January 15, 2019
TCIN: 53990298
UPC: 9781589881327
Item Number (DPCI): 248-20-8499

Description

In 1943, after parachuting into Sardinia to raid a German airfield, John Verney and several of his comrades from the British irregular forces were captured and sent to a POW camp in Italy's Abruzzo region. As the Allies attempted to retake the country, Verney and two others made their escape. For months, they survived on the generosity and bravery of the local Italians who fed them and kept them hidden in haylofts and mountain caves--despite the scarcity of resources and the dangers they themselves faced by harboring English soldiers.

Twenty years after the war, Verney revisited the scenes of his imprisonment and escape, and the result is both an enchanting evocation of Southern Italy and an exhilarating story of wartime daring. He recounts the ironic upsides of being a prisoner of war ("for the first time in four long years, I was free to do entirely what I wanted, which was to read as much as possible and try to learn to draw and write") as well as the anxiety aroused by the possibility of attempting an escape. He describes the extremes of boredom, hunger, discomfort, and mutual irritation that he and his companions faced after their escape, and the immense capacity for tolerance and goodness that they discovered in each other--and especially in the desperately poor Italian families who helped them. Verney writes with a deceptive ease and wit, which reveals a subtlety and a candor that make this book as penetrating as it is delightful.

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