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Irene Maria F. Blayer, Lélia Pereira Nunes

2012-04-11 10:44:45

Home Is an Island- Alfred Lewis




Home Is an Island
A Novel by Alfred Lewis
Devin Nunes, fwd
Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth
2012




Home Is an Island- Alfred Lewis


 

On an island in the Azores, a young Portuguese boy comes of age, discovering love and literature before he departs for America

"Lewis' style and quality of the narrative is most refreshing. Some of his descriptive passages, in the pellucid simplicity and rich imagery, ring with the lyricism of poetry."-New York Times Book Review

Originally published by Random House in 1951, Home Is an Island is an autobiographical novel about boyhood on the Azores during the early twentieth century. Set in the mid-Atlantic, halfway between Portugal and the United States, Home Is an Island captures the simple, pastoral life in a village of the Old World where the popular imagination is permeated by the wonders of America and its promise of wealth and opportunity. This book will appeal to readers interested in America in the literary imagination, island literature, Portuguese-American literature, and Diaspora studies.

Reviews:

"There is about this novel a fine, tender, sensitive, spiritual quality, a quietness and repose quite in keeping with the simple, honest and straightforward lives of the villagers. . . . Well recommended."-Library Journal

"It is the kind of book that is delightful to read."-Chicago Sunday Tribune


Endorsements:

"One does not often find a novel that reads like a poem, that tells a simple story in a simple prose, and yet is heroic, a novel of importance."-Patricia Highsmith

From the Book:

"Lewis' classic book remains relevant today. Home Is an Island says a lot about America and immigrants in the early twentieth century, and how they decided to come to America. It describes in countless ways how Azoreans viewed themselves as Americans long before they left the Azores."-Congressman Devin Nunes, From the Foreword



ALFRED LEWIS (1902-1977), born on the mid-Atlantic island of Flores, immigrated to California in 1922. Having learned English only after arriving in America, he went on to study law and became a municipal judge in the San Joaquin Valley. Lewis was the first Portuguese-American writing from an ethnic perspective to claim the attention of the general reading public. He is the author of Sixty Acres and a Barn: A Novel.

 



por : Irene Maria F. Blayer - Lelia Pereira Nunes
Tags : Canadá,E.U.A.,Brasil,Açores

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Este blogue é  sobre a perspectiva da distância, o olhar de quem vive os Açores radicado na América do Norte, na Europa, no Brasil, ou em qualquer outra região. É escrito por personalidades de referência das nossas comunidades com ligações intensas ao arquipélago dos Açores (25.02.2007).

Irene Maria F. Blayer - Nasceu em São Jorge, Azores, e vive no Canadá.  
She holds a Ph.D. in Romance Linguistics and is a Full Professor at Brock University, Canada -Doutorada em linguística, é Professora Catedrática na Univ. Brock. Neste espaço procura-se a colaboração de colegas e amigos cujos textos, depoimentos, e outros -em Inglês, Português, Francês, ou Castelhano- sejam vozes que testemunhem a  nossa 'narrativa' diaspórica, ou se remetam a uma pluralidade de encontros onde se enquadra um universo  que  contempla uma íntima proximidade e cumplicidade com o nosso imaginário cultural e identitário.

Lélia Pereira da Silva Nunes - Brasil
Nasceu em Tubarão, vive em Florianópolis, Ilha de Santa Catarina. Socióloga, Professora da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, aposentada. Titular do Conselho Estadual de Cultura atuando nas Câmaras de Letras e Patrimônio Cultural.  Pertence a Academia Catarinense de Letras, Cadeira 26. Iinvestigadora do Patrimônio Cultural Imaterial (experts/UNESCO,Mercosul), escritora e, sobretudo, uma apaixonada pelos Açores. Este é um espaço, sem limites nem fronteiras, aberto ao diálogo plural sobre as nossas comunidades. Um espaço que, aproximando geografias, reflete mundivivências a partir do "olhar distante e olhar de casa," alicerçado no vínculo afetivo e intelectual com os Açores. Vozes açorianas, onde quer que vivam, espalhadas pelo mundo e, aqui reunidas num grande abraço fraterno, se fazem ouvir. Azorean descent.-- Born in Tubarão(SC) and  lives in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina Island,Brasil. She holds postgraduate degreees  in Public Administration, and is an Associate Professor at Federal University of Santa Catarina.

 

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