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Part Tarantino-style operetta, part soap opera, Ottavio Cappellani's hilarious novel takes place in a twenty-first-century Sicily rife with moody aristocrats, vain politicians, inept gangsters, shabby theater actors, and high-tech assassins. Balding, fortyish Alfio Turrisi is a mid-level Mafioso with deep pockets. He's in love with Betty, the spoiled daughter of a rival mobster. Alfio and Betty would seem to be the Romeo and Juliet of this poison-pen valentine to Cappellani's native Sicily.  That is, until we meet another pair of star-crossed lovers: the gay theater director Tino Cagnotto and his bored and sexy young amore, Bobo.  Because the way Tino sees it, the real heat in that tragedy is between Romeo and Mercutio, not Romeo and Juliet . . .

Review:

"Cappellani's second novel (after Who Is Lou Sciortino?), a madcap comedy structured as a three-act play and set in contemporary Sicily, pays homage to Shakespeare and bristles with hilariously vulgar stabs at sex, art and family. Avant-garde theater director Tino Cagnotto produces a version of Romeo and Juliet ripe with crude sexual humor and starring nonclassical actors, including a 60-year-old Romeo. As the city of Catania buzzes about whether Jano Caporeale, the actor playing Romeo, will perform a lewd gesture onstage, rising Mafia kingpin Alfio Turrisi falls in love with the daughter of his rival. But this isn't the tragedy of the Montagues and Capulets; Turi Pirrotta is thrilled at the prospect of having his daughter marry Turrisi. Betty, however, might not be so easily wooed. Tino, meanwhile, has a passionate affair with a much younger man who might even be in love with him. Ineffectual culture commissioners, incompetent mobsters and lovably coldhearted aristocrats add plenty of color. Some of the jokes may be too insidery, but the sheer energy and velocity of this merry farce will sweep readers away." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Busiiness Information, Inc.)

Review:

"From the friction between sacrosanct tradition and a changing world, Cappellani...generates full-throttle comedy with a bitter edge. It's only after the laughter stops that you smell the gunpowder." New York Times

Review:

"Cappellani exhibits the same gleeful affection for profane gangsters evident in his debut.... A fierce, fast and funny take on the Bard." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A broad farce employing a colorful cast to spoof Sicily’s worlds of art, crime, and politics." Booklist

Synopsis:

Set in a 21st-century Sicily rife with moody aristocrats, vain politicians, inept gangsters, shabby theater actors, and high-tech killers, Cappellani's hilarious second novel--part Tarantino-style operetta, part soap opera--is also a surprising tribute to the Bard.

Synopsis:

Part Tarantino-style operetta, part soap opera, Ottavio Cappellani's hilarious novel takes place in a twenty-first-century Sicily rife with moody aristocrats, vain politicians, inept gangsters, shabby theater actors, and high-tech assassins. Balding, fortyish Alfio Turrisi is a mid-level Mafioso with deep pockets. He's in love with Betty, the spoiled daughter of a rival mobster. They are poised to become a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, until flamboyant theater director Tino Cagnotto arrives to put a new spin on this Shakespearean tale. The way Tino sees it, the real heat in that tragedy is between Romeo and Mercutio, not Romeo and Juliet.

About the Author

Ottavio Cappellani is a journalist with a daily column in La Sicilia. He lives in Catania, Sicily.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312429065
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Cappellani, Ottavio
Translator:
Randall, Frederika
Author:
Randall, Frederika
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Urban Life
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Urban
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20091124
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.66 x 5.53 x 0.945 in

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Product details 352 pages Picador USA - English 9780312429065 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cappellani's second novel (after Who Is Lou Sciortino?), a madcap comedy structured as a three-act play and set in contemporary Sicily, pays homage to Shakespeare and bristles with hilariously vulgar stabs at sex, art and family. Avant-garde theater director Tino Cagnotto produces a version of Romeo and Juliet ripe with crude sexual humor and starring nonclassical actors, including a 60-year-old Romeo. As the city of Catania buzzes about whether Jano Caporeale, the actor playing Romeo, will perform a lewd gesture onstage, rising Mafia kingpin Alfio Turrisi falls in love with the daughter of his rival. But this isn't the tragedy of the Montagues and Capulets; Turi Pirrotta is thrilled at the prospect of having his daughter marry Turrisi. Betty, however, might not be so easily wooed. Tino, meanwhile, has a passionate affair with a much younger man who might even be in love with him. Ineffectual culture commissioners, incompetent mobsters and lovably coldhearted aristocrats add plenty of color. Some of the jokes may be too insidery, but the sheer energy and velocity of this merry farce will sweep readers away." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Busiiness Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "From the friction between sacrosanct tradition and a changing world, Cappellani...generates full-throttle comedy with a bitter edge. It's only after the laughter stops that you smell the gunpowder."
"Review" by , "Cappellani exhibits the same gleeful affection for profane gangsters evident in his debut.... A fierce, fast and funny take on the Bard."
"Review" by , "A broad farce employing a colorful cast to spoof Sicily’s worlds of art, crime, and politics."
"Synopsis" by , Set in a 21st-century Sicily rife with moody aristocrats, vain politicians, inept gangsters, shabby theater actors, and high-tech killers, Cappellani's hilarious second novel--part Tarantino-style operetta, part soap opera--is also a surprising tribute to the Bard.
"Synopsis" by , Part Tarantino-style operetta, part soap opera, Ottavio Cappellani's hilarious novel takes place in a twenty-first-century Sicily rife with moody aristocrats, vain politicians, inept gangsters, shabby theater actors, and high-tech assassins. Balding, fortyish Alfio Turrisi is a mid-level Mafioso with deep pockets. He's in love with Betty, the spoiled daughter of a rival mobster. They are poised to become a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, until flamboyant theater director Tino Cagnotto arrives to put a new spin on this Shakespearean tale. The way Tino sees it, the real heat in that tragedy is between Romeo and Mercutio, not Romeo and Juliet.

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