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By Richard Valeriote

ISBN-10: 077353654X

ISBN-13: 9780773536548

Alice road recounts how Valeriote used to be born on the sundown of excellent instances and the sunrise of difficult ones. His mother's 15th baby, he grew up in an Italian Catholic relations on a road jam-packed with proud households with a mess of languages and backgrounds. From being packed into the neighborhood church, to operating and borrowing his means via clinical university at McGill whereas surviving a number of critical health problems, to his very profitable occupation as a physician in California, his tale is entwined with these of everybody from foundry staff to international ambassadors. A hot and informative examine the hard trip made by way of such a lot of, Alice highway is a testomony to the energy and personality had to make it via tumultuous times.

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Church, with its hymns in Latin and English, was a great pleasure. We had an old windup Victrola and a small collection of recordings. By the time I became a teenager in the 1940s, the raw materials to make records were being diverted to wartime uses, so they were scarce. When I read in the newspaper one day that a large department store in Toronto had just received a big shipment, I was determined to have one and hitchhiked to Toronto, sixty miles away, to buy my first album, a copy of the Nutcracker Suite.

Silvio, who like Mike had been supported through college by my father and the store, also changed my life, but the circumstances were quite different. Silvio and Mike had been gifted athletes. Silvio had gone on to earn his medical degree from Western Ontario, and then opened his practice in Guelph. He had become a respected member of the community, the first nonanglo to be admitted to the Guelph Country Club. “See,” as we in the family called him, was a stalwart presence in our lives, an authority figure whose deep, sonorous voice commanded attention and respect.

We did, however, find a way to connect. He’d sit for hours by the radio, smoking his pipe, listening to opera, and deciphering as best he could the news in the English language paper. I’d join him on the sofa, wordlessly enjoying the music and soaring voices. We were one of the lucky ones to have a piano and occasionally he would play a piece from Giuseppe Verdi’s popular “Il Trovatore,” with its plot full of kidnapping, beheading, burning babies, and bloody revenge. ” Listening to him play and watching him lose himself in the music left a powerful impression on me.

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