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Ghosts of the Belle Epoque by Andrew Edwards, Suzanne Edwards

Ghosts of the Belle Epoque: The History of the Grand Hotel et des Palmes, Palermo

Andrew Edwards, Suzanne Edwards

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Category: History, Non-fiction, Travel
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 16 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781838603885

Murder, music and the mafia in Sicily's Grand Hotel.

3 stars out of 5
Seán Williams
14 Jun 2020

"Notable names appear, some linger and a few leave a lasting impression"

The book as a whole is self-consciously sketchy, the authors’ anecdotal style redolent of a high-end tourist guidebook (indeed, they have previously written literary travel guides to Sicily and Andalusia). Ghosts of the Belle Epoque is interesting, to be sure, drawing on original research while remaining entertaining. But it will frustrate those who wish to map grand hotels onto a broader cultural landscape or otherwise want to get past local sights to more abstract destinations. Take, for instance, the treatment of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s The Leopard of 1958. The authors link the novel to The Palms in a roundabout way.

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