The Bicycle Runner

The Bicycle Runner

A Memoir of Love, Loyalty, and the Italian Resistance

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Baker & Taylor
A memoir by the late Italian chef and restaurateur recounts the story of his childhood in 1930s and 1940s Italy, describing the pressure placed on him to join the fascist youth organization and his contributions as a bicycle messenger with the underground resistance.

McMillan Palgrave
Like all boys growing up in Rome during the 1930s and 1940s, the author was expected to join the Balilla—Italy’s fascist Youth Organization. With political divisions running deep in the families within his palazzo, he and his motley group of friends were recruited into the underground Resistance. Racing around Rome on bicycles, they smuggled messages and weapons for the partisans. Later, the author fled to the Italian countryside and narrowly avoided German mop-up operations—despite being sold out by his most trusted of friends. But this is much more than a war story. Lyrical in language, rich in sentimentality, and possessing the magic of a classic Fellini film, Romagnoli’s memoir is a charmingly told tale of the search for manhood and the bonds of family and friendship.



Baker
& Taylor

A memoir by the late Italian chef, restaurateur, and host of The Romagnolis' Table recounts the story of his childhood in 1930s and 1940s Italy, describing the pressure placed on him to join the fascist youth organization, his contributions as a bicycle message smuggler with the underground resistance, and the betrayals that forced him to flee his home. 20,000 first printing.
Like all boys growing up in Rome during the 1930s and 1940s, the author was expected to join the Balilla--Italy's fascist Youth Organization. With political divisions running deep in the families within his palazzo, he and his motley group of friends were recruited into the underground Resistance. Racing around Rome on bicycles, they smuggled messages and weapons for the partisans. Later, the author fled to the Italian countryside and narrowly avoided German mop-up operations--despite being sold out by his most trusted of friends. But this is much more than a war story. Lyrical in language, rich in sentimentality, and possessing the magic of a Fellini film, Romagnoli's memoir is a charmingly told tale of the search for manhood and the bonds of family andfriendship.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312554545
0312554540
Characteristics: xi, 304 p. ; 22 cm

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