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Naples '44Naples '44 is an unflinching autobiographical account of a year in Naples after the armistice and Allied landings in Sorrento in 1943  Working as a British counterintelligence officer under the Allied occupation Lewis documents the rich pageant of life in the city and its surrounding areas There is suffering and sualor Criminal gangs are on the rise along with typhus and black market commerce and the female population is forced into part time prostitution simply to obtain food Corruption is rife as a Genovese crime family member makes his way into the US army administration and local hospitals short on supplies buy euipment back from those who stole it There is farce and humor too witnessed in the Roman uncle paid handsomely simply to appear at funerals and lend an air of gravitas and in Lewis's own experience of vetting proposed marriages between British soldiers and local women Unsparing penetrating and profoundly humane Naples '44 is a moving portrait of the costs of war and the resilience of a society under extreme stress For those of us who know or correctly thought they knew Italy this book is irresistible I fear I devoured it in 24 hours instead of savoring it like a good glass of cognac sip by delicious sip Mr Lewis was stationed in Naples toward the end of WWII He served as an investigator for the British Army and hence was in an ideal position to do what he does best observe people places and situations that can only arise in a certain time and culture The result is a portrait of remarkable detail and veracity At the end of the book Mr Lewis has been ordered to leave Italy for Egypt I wonder if he ever returned and if so what his impressons were once the country had moved past the war It will be delightful to read of this books This was my first; it will not be my last

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S Naples '44 is an unflinching autobiographical account of a year in Naples after the armistice and Allied landings in Sorrento in 1943  Working as a British counterintelligence officer under the Allied occupation Lewis documents the rich pageant of life in the city and its surrounding areas There is suffering and sualor Criminal gangs are on the rise along with typhus and black market commerce and the female population is forced into part time prostitution simply to obtain food Corruption is rife as a Genovese crime family member makes his way into the US army administration and local hospitals short on supplies buy euipment back from those who stole it There is farce and humor too witnessed in the Roman uncle paid handsomely simply to appear at funerals and lend an air of gravitas and in Lewis's own experience of vetting proposed marriages between British soldiers and local women Unsparing penetrating and profoundly humane Naples '44 is a moving portrait of the costs of war and the resilience of a society under extreme stre Having just finished a factual account from World War II regarding the Italian Campaign it seemed a good choice to dig out this book that I have had for a couple of yearsI am so pleased I did I had no pre conceived ideas about this author or knowledge of his literary valueI am not surprised to learn that he was a contemporary of Graham Greene having read and listened to his voice through the words recorded hereNaples ‘44 is a diary set in the aftermath of the Allied liberation of Southern Italy Lewis had a great affinity for Italy which enhances his account of the struggle of a people in abject povertyThe author recounts the story shares the facts as he understood them and like a modern day animal behaviourist an Attenborough commentates on the antics and realities of life on our planetThis though isn’t a view of the Serengeti but a proud European nation and the city of NaplesBut in just everyday reflections like sharing a personal conversation the author recounts and reveals the past As fascinating as being with an archeologist in Egypt gently peaking back layers lost over time Nuanced observation through events recorded in his diary not by his own commentary or analysis but a leisurely stroll and keen eye of life surviving somehow around him Above all where he needed lacked knowledge providing clarity by allowing the people and their actions to speak for themselvesA passage through time and space; like any great travel book journal or documentary without leaving your own chairA scratch and sniff book that arouses all your sensesEspecially your sense of horror at the impact of war Please note by default this must be similar to postwar life in Ira Afghanistan and The Sudan todayThere seems no victors in any war just casualties and enduring misery There are spoils of war; black market racketeers and mainly Allied officers and their own command complicit to carry off all that can be contained in crates for safe homeward passageThis isn’t the message of this bookIt is just a faithful record of an eye witness that is so powerful it evokes such passion in his readersI feel for these people their poverty and marvel at their resilience and humanityI loved the journey this book takes you on The clear and easy going sense of a story told by a firsthand observer Using a rich language and with a clear love of a people and their history and heritage I hung on his every word and enjoyed each pageAs stated some of the realities and lack of justice appalled me It has left me compassionate less judgemental I see dignity amid poverty life where there is nothing but hunger disease and deathI think back to stories told to me by others visiting Southern Italy in the 70s and 80s bemoaning the lack of tourist facilities and the threat of crime and the constant fear on the street of robberyI understand now why rich people perhaps with no language to share or appreciation of culture and shared history should not travel unprepared They should not just tick off destinations Etna Pompeii and the Amalfi coast as seenBooks like this would enhance anyone’s travel and perhaps if we need such knowledge to understand than reading a guide book aloneThe

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