November 2 is a special day in Sicily. The Day of the Dead is considered an important festival, when children receive gifts from the dead and eat special bone-shaped cakes. Cemeteries are overcrowded with people walking in the lanes, placing flowers at gravesites, and lighting candles in their tombs. Many Sicilian tombs look like small houses: They contain a room, an altar, and marble-walled niches.
Mario Chiaramonte goes to the cemetery on this day. Besides visiting the tombs of his relatives and friends, he strolls throughout the graveyard. On his walk, he stumbles on some special tombs. A few have an epitaph carved on the tombstone or above the altar.
The tombs he visits house the bodies of a Mafia boss, a literary man, a poet, a nobleman, and more. Mario recalls the salient moments of their lives, and at the same time sees himself from a different detached perspective.
Romance, adventure, life, death, the Mafia, good and evil, racism, and impermanence are themes throughout the novel. November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily is thought-provoking and captivating from beginning to end
The Vibrations of Words: Second Edition
This autobiographical novel offers a journey through music, theater, gibberish, meditation, Judaism, esotericism, and rare religious practices. It tells how the vibrations of words can influence body and mind.
As an old man tells his memoirs to his nephew, a university student, he expresses how his travels to India and Israel shaped his thinking.
The theme of vibrations starts with the rattling of windowpanes in the old man’s house when his truck was running. Later, the uncle hears how the strings of musical instruments can vibrate, even though untouched. In India, the uncle discovers that vibrations of music and mantras have healing powers. In Israel, he learns the core of the vibrations of words: Positive and negative vibrations depend on the quality of words. Good words produce favorable situations and a happy life; bad and harmful words cause bad situations.
The author’s previous books are Travels of the Mind, A Hidden Sicilian History, and The Vibrations of Words. This is the second edition of The Vibrations of Words. A Goodreads reviewer wrote of The Vibrations of Words: “The content of this book opened my mind to a new level. I don’t quite remember how I stumbled upon this book, but I am forever grateful that I did, because it left me feeling differently in my heart, and with a different mindset. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys books on spirituality, religion, and self-development.
A Hidden Sicilian History
Is there life after death? A Hidden Sicilian History presents an intriguing and easy-to-read historical novel that starts with the investigation of a mysterious death.
While doing research in the public library in Enna, Sicily, a young man notices an ancient scroll has drifted from a shelf onto the floor. It appears to have slipped from a gap between two volumes about the Spanish Inquisition.
Expecting it to be related to life in Sicily at the time of Spanish rule, instead the handwritten scroll reports a singular drama that was performed on the stage of the deconsecrated Church of Santa Croce in Enna some time ago.
The young man decides to translate the fascinating lost manuscript from Italian into English and publish it.
Historical facts flow freely from the document, as well as its descriptions of traditional feasts and processions, the way to remove hexes and roundworms from children, and life in Enna’s public whorehouse. It also touches on other societies bound together by a common thread: the yearning to understand the meaning of life.
The novel’s theme becomes a journey into the innermost recesses of the soul.
Travels of the Mind
In the lounge of a noblemen’s club in one Sicilian town, a few members chat and tell their travel stories. The author records their talks. After a time, he decides to write a book with their stories and conversations, adding his own travel experiences.
The men discuss trips to Tanzania, Medugorje, London, Paravati (Calabria), Rome, Paris, Tokyo, New York, and two small towns in Germany and Switzerland.
Their conversations range over a variety of topics, including love, spirituality, mind, life, and death. The debating points include: What is love? Can we control our mind? Is there life after death?
Besides offering travel tips on Tanzania and capturing the spirit of martials arts, the book is helpful for getting over anxiety, depression, and personality disorders. The author overcame his own anxiety and panic attacks by undertaking meditation and travel, as well as by opening his heart to God.
The Vibrations of Words
The book is based upon a conversation between the author and his uncle Salvatore who created big business starting from nothing. The main theme is about the quality of one’s speech. Good words purify the environment while backbiting is highly harmful. Saying bad words about someone causes bad influence to the defamed person and to the backbiter as well. Conversely, good music, mantras, prayers and pure speech can ennoble both body and mind.
The book contains much information about esotericism, music, Judaism, religions, Osho and Hindu culture. It is right to whoever wants to broaden his or her spiritual horizons.