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Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel (urspr publ 2017; utgåvan 2017)

av Mark Sullivan (Författare)

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Soon to be a major television event from Pascal Pictures, starring Tom Holland. Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the USA Today and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man's incredible courage and resilience during one of history's darkest hours. Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager--obsessed with music, food, and girls--but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier--a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler's left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich's most mysterious and powerful commanders. Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share. Fans of All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.… (mer)
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Titel:Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel
Författare:Mark Sullivan (Författare)
Info:Lake Union Publishing (2017), Edition: Later Printing, 523 pages
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In 2006, the author Mark Sullivan was at a particularly low ebb. His younger brother and best friend had drunk himself to death; his last novel had gone down like a lead balloon; and he was staring bankruptcy in the face. He began to have suicidal thoughts, realizing that with his insurance policy in place, he was worth more to his family dead than alive. Then, by chance, he was introduced to an old man named Pino Lella. The two men had some kind of affinity, and the older man confided in Sullivan and eventually revealed his extraordinary story from the closing years of the war in Italy. It was by Sullivan's own admission a story that made his own circumstances look incredibly tame by comparison. Here was a story he could lose himself in. A story that would literally save him. And what an incredible story it is.
In 1943, Pino Lella was a seventeen-year-old teenager with nothing more than music, food and girls on his mind. But his life is suddenly thrown into turmoil when the family home in Miln is destroyed by Allied bombing. As a result, Pino is sent by his father to stay with the priest Father Re in the Alps and out of harm's way. And it is here that the boy is trained to climb mountain passes and to familiarise himself with the terrain. The priest is running an underground escape route for Jews to escape the Nazis by taking a treacherous expedition across the Alps and into Switzerland. Pino will become one of the route's invaluable guides.
As Pino nears the age of eighteen, his parents have a terrifying choice. Should their son join the Italian army only to be butchered on the Russian front; join the resistance where his plight looked every bit as precarious; or alternatively join the German army? In an attempt to protect him, they insist that he enlists as a German soldier. Pino protests bitterly, but finally and begrudgingly joins up, and is soon injured and sent to recuperate. By some miraculous stroke of luck, he helps to fix one of the German staff cars and is noticed by the car's passenger, General Hans Leyer - Adolf Hitler's left-hand man in Italy and one of the Third Reich's most powerful commanders. Leyer immediately fires his driver and appoints Pino as his replacement on the spot. From this moment onwards Pino is ideally placed to seek retribution on the forces of evil that have wreaked havoc on his homeland. He has a unique opportunity to spy on the Nazi's plans for Italy. He also encounters Anna, the maid to Leyer's mistress, and for the first time in his life, falls hopelessly in love.
'Beneath a Scarlet Sky' is a powerful and emotive saga of love and loss set against one of the darkest episodes of human history. It's a haunting and beautifully penned narrative that will stay with you long after turning the last page.
Alex Pearl is author of 'Sleeping with the Blackbirds' and 'The Chair Man'. ( )
  AlexPearl | Nov 23, 2020 |
Pino Lella is a typical Italian teenager...he enjoys his friends, girls, music....what all young people enjoy. Then Milan is bombed by the Allies, and World War II tears his world apart. Pino leaves Milan and joins a group that helps guide Jews over the Alps to safety in Switzerland. As he nears his 18th birthday, his parents push him to join the German Army to prevent his being sent to the Russian front with the Italian forces. Pino joins the German army, but he isn't a Nazi.....he is acting as a spy, passing information on to the Allies. As he drives a German general all over Italy, he is gathering intel to help the Allies win the war. He sees so many atrocities -- Jews being worked to death, cattle cars filled with people being sent to concentration camps, people shot in the streets..... Pino Lella was a forgotten hero of WWII and his remarkable story is finally being told.

I enjoyed this book. I listened to the audiobook version. The descriptions of what Pino Lella saw and experienced during the war in Italy was very emotional for me. I can't even imagine experiencing so much violence, death and fear. My father fought in the war and then was stationed in Germany following Germany's surrender. He would rarely talk about it, but said the aftermath of the fighting was so horrifying that he didn't want me to know what it was like. Towards the end of the book, Pino sees fascists and collaborators being executed in the streets following the German surrender. Those scenes immediately brought my dad's words about the horrific nature of war back into my mind. He said he hoped that I never had to experience anything remotely like it. My father wasn't even 20 years old and had to see people being shot in the streets, civilians so worn down by war and violence that they killed themselves by jumping in front of trains, and children starving to death because there wasn't enough food. I can't even imagine it.

I loved most of the story. But, at times, the book rambled on a bit too long and got more than a little melodramatic, especially regarding Pino's girlfriend. When I got to the end of the story, it made more sense why Anna was mentioned all the time and the effect she had on his entire life. But.....for most of the book I was rolling my eyes when he went on and on about her beauty, their love, etc. I suppose it really is what an 18 year old in love for the first time would say and do...... but, for me, it really slowed down the plot development in regards to Pino's spying and the war a bit too much. And the long descriptions of how she looked, smelled, talked......it got old by the end of the story. I was also just a little bit incredulous that Pino could actually have done all of the things credited to him -- meeting Mussolini and witnessing his death, a post-war warning to James Dean not to buy the car that ultimately caused his death, miraculously escaping so many deadly situations, etc. He just seems a little bit overdone....too "larger than life.'' I'm not saying that I don't believe Sullivan's research....I just think things might be just a bit exaggerated in places. In my opinion, at times the writing style comes off as a bit juvenile.....melodramatic, over-simplified and exaggerated...and that has an effect on the impact of the story. But, I have to remind myself that the story is about an 18-year old boy who is thrown into an experience of violence and terror that those of us who weren't there (or who have never experienced war destroying our country) cannot possibly really understand. I have the suspicion that some facts are exaggerated.....but overall the story is so powerful that I'm not sure I really care if some of the events and deeds by Pino Lella didn't happen exactly as reported. That he was willing to spy at all.....or help Jews across the mountains....or resist the Nazis in any way when it meant death to be caught makes me have a deep respect for the man. Many normal citizens were too afraid to do anything.....they pretended not to notice the murder of millions of Jews because they were afraid for their own lives. Would I have had the guts to resist and face almost certain death for it??? I'm not sure I would. None of us can really be sure unless we are faced with those same life-and-death situations. If some of the details are exaggerated, then so be it. Pino Lella's story should be told. Even if a few details are over-blown, that doesn't negate the fact he risked his life on a daily basis to do what was right. That is a lot of courage for an 18-year old to possess and quite a scarring way to grow up.

All in all, despite a few little things here and there, I enjoyed this book. I had never really read anything about the situation in Italy and what happened there once Germany surrendered. The audiobook is narrated by Will Damron. He read at a nice, even pace. I have hearing loss but was still able to easily hear and understand everything. The audiobook version is just under 18 hours long. It kept my attention except in a few spots where it focused on his love life a bit too long. The reason didn't become apparent until later in the story. I can see why those chapters are included now, but I still feel that all that detail slowed down the story. Some could have been edited out to shorten the book, while still preserving the idea that she was very important to him.
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  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
A wonderful tale, masterfully told. Exciting and touching! Depressing how all the information I can find on Pino Lella is in English. It looks like Italians know nothing about him and his role in taking down the Repubblica di Salò, and that’s really sad. ( )
  DPinSvezia | Nov 9, 2020 |
Audio version of book based on actual persons and events in Italy during WWII. ( )
  Gmomaj | Oct 30, 2020 |
6/10 (not bad): A fascinating novel based on the war-time experiences of Pino Lella, an Italian who resisted the Nazis in various ways during the latter part of WW2. It's a great read, but falls between two stools as a novel based on an apparently true story. The novel is written from Pino's perspective, and at the very least, he is put into scenes as a spectator that he would never have seen in reality (the peace talks with Mussolini at the end of the war is an obvious example). And it seems very likely, that as a minimum other events are merged together so that events that probably took place over a fairly long period seem to take place in just one day. Surely a non-fictional approach would have been better for such a story? I could even have lived with the fictional approach if an appendix gave hard evidence for at least the main parts of the story. But it seems that almost the entire story is based on Lella's only recollections of what happened, and those recollections are at least fifty years old by the time they are written down, by which time most of the other witnesses are dead. I am not suggesting for a moment that Lella has made up his story, but it is frustrating to read an account knowing that some of it is true, but not knowing which parts. If it was pure fiction I'd have given it perhaps 8/10. But truth matters, and this isn't a book I can trust. ( )
  mark_read | Aug 13, 2020 |
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Negative, snarky (but without knowledge at the time that the book is in essence a literary fraud - a fact that is, unfortunately, not yet widely known).
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For the eight thousand Italian Jews who could not be saved.
For the millions taken slave by the Nazi war machine, and the countless who did not make it home.
And for Robert Dehlendorf, who heard the tale first, and rescued me.
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June 9, 1943
Milan, Italy
Like all the pharaohs, emperors, and tyrants before him, Il Duce had seen his empire rise only to crumble.
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Soon to be a major television event from Pascal Pictures, starring Tom Holland. Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the USA Today and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man's incredible courage and resilience during one of history's darkest hours. Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager--obsessed with music, food, and girls--but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier--a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler's left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich's most mysterious and powerful commanders. Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share. Fans of All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.

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