The Bicycle Runner: A Memoir of Love, Loyalty, and the Italian Resistance

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Macmillan, Aug 18, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages

Like all boys growing up in Rome during the 1930s and 1940s, the author was expected to join the Balilla—Italy's fascist Youth Organization. With political divisions running deep in the families within his palazzo, he and his motley group of friends were recruited into the underground Resistance. Racing around Rome on bicycles, they smuggled messages and weapons for the partisans. Later, the author fled to the Italian countryside and narrowly avoided German mop-up operations—despite being sold out by his most trusted of friends. But this is much more than a war story. Lyrical in language, rich in sentimentality, and possessing the magic of a classic Fellini film, Romagnoli's memoir is a charmingly told tale of the search for manhood and the bonds of family and friendship.

 

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Personable, gently humorous memories of adolescence under Mussolini by an Italian chef and author (A Thousand Bells at Noon: A Roman's Guide to the Secrets and Pleasures of His Native City, 2002, etc ... Read full review

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Romagnoli (d. 2008; A Thousand Bells at Noon: A Roman Reveals the Secrets and Pleasures of His Native City), who was known for his expertise on Italian cuisine, here reflects on his activities in ... Read full review

Contents

Of Memorials and Memories
1
1 A Birthday
7
2 The Best of Enemies
25
3 Book and Rifle
45
4 Zia Elena
69
5 Don Gir˛
89
6 The Crazy Maionese Maker
109
7 A Fountain of Rome
119
11 To Camp
187
12 Frontale
201
13 Colonel Jim
215
14 Bob
231
15 Some People Are Lucky
247
16 I Would Have Much Preferred
255
17 The Partnership
269
18 The Dead Are Dead
283

8 Maresa
141
9 Roma Open City
151
10 Otto
165
19 Smile Click
297
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About the author (2009)

G. FRANCO ROMAGNOLI cohosted the first American television program on Italian cooking, The Romagnolis' Table, for which he coauthored two very successful companion books. He taught seminars on Italian culture and cuisine at Boston University and wrote several books and articles on Italian culture, including Italy, the Romagnoli Way (with Gwen Romagnoli) and A Thousand Bells at Noon: A Roman Reveals the Secrets and Pleasures of His Native City. The author passed away in December 2008.

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