Book Report: Beneath a Scarlet Sky

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Every once in awhile I need a good historical fiction. This one is based on a true story set in the 1940’s during World War II in Italy. It’s heartbreaking, exciting, and meticulous as it paints a picture of young Pino, who’s a relatable young guy obsessed with music, food, and girls, getting pulled into the world of war. He falls in love, endures some horrible things, and remains positive as he does everything he can to fight the Nazis incognito.

This book gets a lot of negative reviews because the author focuses attention on the main character’s life and accomplishments rather than the details of the war, but I think there’s plenty of other good books out there (both fiction and non-fiction) which highlight the details of WW2. It’s interesting to experience it from a different perspective.

Pino: “Is that really all you want? To chase happiness, and live passionately?” Anna: “Can you imagine any other way to do it?”

We never know what will happen next, what we will see, and what important person will come into our life, or what important person we will lose. Life is change, constant change, and unless we are lucky enough to find comedy in it, change is nearly always a drama, if not a tragedy. But after everything, and even when the skies turn scarlet and threatening, I still believe that if we are lucky enough to be alive, we must give thanks for the miracle of every moment of every day, no matter how flawed. And we must have faith in God, and in the Universe, and in a better tomorrow, even if that faith is not always deserved.

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