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Jukebox Queen of Malta - RINALDI

Jukebox Queen of Malta


Paperback Published: 1st August 2000
ISBN: 9780684867427
Number Of Pages: 372

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"The Jukebox Queen of Malta" is an exquisite and enchanting novel of love and war set on an island perilously balanced between what is real and what is not.

It's 1942 and Rocco Raven, an intrepid auto mechanic turned corporal from Brooklyn, has arrived in Malta, a Mediterranean island of Neolithic caves, Copper Age temples, and fortresses. The island is under siege, full of smoke and rubble, caught in the magnesium glare of German and Italian bombs.

But nothing is as it seems on Malta. Rocco's living quarters are a brothel; his commanding officer has a genius for turning the war's misfortunes into personal profit; and the Maltese people, astonishingly, testify to the resiliency of the human spirit. When Rocco meets the beautiful and ethereal Melita, who delivers the jukeboxes her cousin builds out of shattered debris, they are drawn to each other by an immediate passion. And, it is their full-blown affair that at once liberates and imprisons Rocco on the island.

In this mesmerizing novel, music and bombs, war and romance, the jukebox and the gun exist in arresting counterpoint in a story that is a profound and deeply moving exploration of the redemptive powers of love.

Industry Reviews

Richard Russo author of Straight Man and Nobody's Fool I hope this year will offer us another novel as smart and hilarious and magical as Nicholas Rinaldi's The Jukebox Queen of Malta, but I'm not holding my breath. Joseph Heller author of Catch-22 A beguiling romantic story in an illuminating and surprising setting. Tom Drury The New York Times Book Review An incendiary-pastoral novel of life during the Axis bombardment of Malta...vividly rendered. Richard Bernstein The New York Times A funny...romantic, character-rich window on war.

Rocco and Melita April Blitz, 1942
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The Bomb
A Night on the Gut
The Shelter
The House on Windmill Street
A Jukebox for Zarb Adami
Fingerly's Fat Lady
The Green Room
Miss Sicily Sings for Malta
The Word for Snow
The Maltese Falcon
The Neolithic Cave
Poker at the Point de Vue
Walking Through Wall
Heat, Sun, Dust Over Everything
Zammit Discourses on the Intricacies of the Soul Nardu Camilleri Gets a Haircut Tony Zebra Goes for the Big Escape
The Pigmy Elephan
The First Day of the Bombing
The Glorious Tenth
The Jukebox Madness of Zarb Adami
Prowling Through the Codes
The General Georg von Bismarck Memorial Baseball Game
The Fall of Tobruk
"Love Somebody, Yes I Do
Aida's Wedding
Music in the Nigh
The Rhino Caress Transatlantic Condom Deal
The Last Rites of Dominic Mifsud
The Peacock and the Peahen
Miss Sicily
Bean Code, Bean Code
Pinpoints of Light Dancing All Around Him
Melita Humming
Rommel on the Run
Nardu Camilleri Speaks of Love World News Roundup/General Patton in Morocco Christina's Seething Simmering Malta Conga Line
Zed Mir Min
The November Convoy
Zammit's Mother-of-God
Epilouge: 1945 Malta is most particularly a country where history has had to be reinvented continuously....Each generation makes its spasmodic attacks on the subterranean mysteries, and each emerges with its own story; but with each discovery the mysteries take on another aspect and require the story to be retold
An Essay on Malta "Malta of gold, Malta of silver, Malta of precious metal, We shall never take you! No, not even if you were as soft as a gourd, Not even if you were only protected by an onion skin!" And from her ramparts a voice replied: "I am she who has decimated the galleys of the Turk And all the warriors of Constantinople and Galata!" -- Anonymous, Sixteenth Century Under repeated fire from the skies, Malta stood alone...in the center of the sea, one tiny bright flame in the darkness, a beacon of hope for the clearer days which have come
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ISBN: 9780684867427
ISBN-10: 0684867427
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 1st August 2000
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.45

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