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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
A Hidden Sicilian History is a Christian historical fiction by Ettore Grillo. A man finds an old scroll in the library in Enna, Sicily and translates it. The scroll was written by a Sicilian named Vincenzino who performed in a drama at Enna’s deconsecrated Church of Santa Croce. He recollects his melancholic past, giving narrative descriptions of traditional feasts, the approved protocol and behaviour citizens had to follow, and historical events that occurred in that era. Vincenzino pondered the meaning of life, especially after losing his grandfather. Seeking information about his uncle’s mysterious death, which the family did not want to divulge, made him more curious and determined to learn the truth. He often felt out of place, questioned his family’s strong Christian faith and compared it to his own, wondering if it was relevant to his aimless life.
This enlightening novel by Ettore Grillo shows the culture and customs of people in Enna in the 1930s onwards. A Hidden Sicilian History gives readers a reflective look into the protagonist, Vincenzino’s life. I noticed that he shared a few traits and habits with his deceased uncle, whom he was named after. The historical facts and the overall opinions from the characters about religion and other general topics are interesting and can be considered arguable. The author’s moderately paced writing is expressive, bold, and mildly graphic in some parts, making this unique content more suitable for mature readers. The cover illustration is colourful and catchy, and complements the story nicely.