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Home is an Island A most beautiful book Well written and essential if you want to understand the Azorean emigration If you know the Flores island don’t be fooled by the photo of São Jorge in the cover this book will resonate with you very strongly If you don’t you will certainly end the book wanting to come here to know the most beautiful island of the Azores and one of the most beautiful places on Earth and to understand why life here was so hard and why emigration reduced the population of the island from a high of about 11000 people in 1849 to the present day 3800 A Portuguese translation of the book is sorely needed I don’t think there is anyUpdate There is indeed a Portuguese translation by Rui Zink published in 2010 It seems to be a hard to find edition though Gave this an extra star for a couple of reasons As we've researched family emigration from the Azores during this period this book helped us answer two uestions Why did they leave? And how did they feel? A beautiful and simple story from a young boys real life on the island of Flores and his decision to depart for America when he came of age I was interested in this bk because it details life on an Azorean island the islands where my husband's ancestors lived It described the slow pace of island life but the book itself was too slow for me Home is an Island is California writer Alfred Lewis's only novel published by Random House in 1951 tells the tale of a young man in the Azores about to immigrate to America It became a bestseller and was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review Chicago Sunday Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle among other publicationsThe story is a semi autobiographical narrative based on the author's childhood Born in 1902 on the island of Flores Alfred Lewis emigrated from the Azores to the United States in 1922; he first arrived in Providence Rhode Island and then moved on to California where he settled in the small San Joauin Valley town of Los Banos and lived for the rest of his life until his death in 1977

  • Hardcover
  • 308 pages
  • Home is an Island
  • Alfred Lewis
  • English
  • 03 October 2016