‘A story of curiosity, love, hope and bicycles’. This subtitle describes the content well. ‘Luigi’s Freedom Ride’ is the recollection of a man who settled in Australia after many interesting adventures in his country, Italy. It is an insiders view of growing up in Italy and the coming and going of World War II. It is a personal history and an interesting one.
There are many adventures catalogued in this story, all worthy of retelling. I particularly loved the descriptions of food, family and synchronicity. If you are into bike riding, I imagine it would be doubly rich for you.
“The first course was Bouillabaisse Bersaglieri. The soup was rich with the scents of olive oil, saffron, bay leaf, garlic, parsley, thyme and cracked pepper. Then came the night’s ‘house special’ – the Maestro Marconi Macaroni. The thickness of the pasta was mitigated by its softness to the tooth. The cheese sauce had the viscosity of slowly flowing lava. Served with the macaroni was Soldier’s Salad, a mix of mild red onion, crushed garlic and quartered tomatoes. Eventually, the comrades pushed themselves back in their chairs, replete, unlaced their boots and stretched out their legs beneath the plate-laden table. “
I have made many bookmarks in my kindle of wonderful parts of the book, but looking back on them, I know if I share them with you, I will give away some of the surprising and wonderful meanderings of this adventure. It’s a great story and this review does it no justice, but I recommend you read it.