The Vibrations of Words

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
278 Pages
Reviewed on 05/05/2013
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Author Biography

Ettore Grillo was born in Enna (Sicily) on December 6, 1946. He completed the high school in his hometown and then moved to Pisa where he got a law degree. Soon afterwards he enrolled Italian army as a reserve officer. During his military service he was called as a defense attorney in the court martial. Very often he defended Jehovah’s Witnesses who at that time were imprisoned due to their draft dodging. After two years he was discharged from military service and passed the examination to be a lawyer. He has practiced as a freelance lawyer in his hometown for almost forty years. At the beginning of his profession, he was also a teacher of law in the high school and of English and French in the middle school. He has been councilman in charge of the state education in his hometown. In 2000 he got a certificate in Canon Law in Pontificia Univeristas Lateranensis in Rome. In 2009 he quit his profession of a lawyer. Now he is a devoted traveler and a searcher in the field of religion, spirituality, psychology and anthropology.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite

Ettore Grillo, author of “The Vibrations of Words” loves words. He has been concerned about them since he was a student in Italy five decades ago. Today, he is a writer – the perfect person to be assigned the task of transcribing Salvatore, his 92-year-old uncle's, memoir. The biographical account, Uncle Salvatore explains, is necessary because he needed to prove the origins of the family-owned business, particularly the fact that it was he and not his brother who started the company of Grillo Haulage in 1930. So night after night, over herbal tea and a tomato and macaroni dinner, Uncle Salvatore spoke and Gore listened. Uncle Salvatore had been in the military and participated in a theater group. He had also learned about Christianity’s true origin, astrology and dualism. Readers will embrace the power of words and the importance of family.

I thought this book was about philosophy. However, I was wrong and pleasantly surprised. This heart-warming memoir revealed Grillo’s mastery of words as he wove a story rich with historical and educational aspects that extended far beyond the parameters of his uncle’s life. His language transported me to Salvatore’s mansion in Italy with the sheet-covered furniture and white marble staircase. I was in the car with Dr. Giuseppe and his discourse about Egyptian mythology. Previously, Grillo wrote “Travels of the Mind,” an autobiography about his life coping with paranoid schizophrenia. “The Vibrations of Words” is highly recommended.