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  • 255 pages
  • This Magnificent Dappled Sea
  • David Biro
  • English
  • 09 March 2018

This Magnificent Dappled Sea❰PDF / Epub❯ ☆ This Magnificent Dappled Sea Author David Biro – Two strangers—generations and oceans apart—have a chance to save each other in this moving and suspenseful novel about family secrets and the ineffable connections that attach us

In a sma Two strangers—generations and oceans apart—have a chance to save each other in this moving and suspenseful novel about family secrets and the ineffable connections that attach usIn a small Northern Italian village, nineyearold Luca Taviano catches a stubborn cold and is subsequently diagnosed with leukemia His only hope for survival is a bone marrow transplant After an exhaustive search, a match turns up three thousand miles away in the form of a most unlikely donor: Joseph Neiman, a rabbi in Brooklyn, New York, who is suffering from a debilitating crisis of faith This Magnificent PDF or As Luca’s young nurse, Nina Vocelli, risks her career and races against time to help save the spirited redheaded boy, she uncovers terrible secrets from World War II—secrets that reveal how a Catholic child could have Jewish genesCan inheritance be transcended by accidents of love? That is the question at the heart of This Magnificent Dappled Sea, a novel that challenges the idea of identity and celebrates the ties that bind us together.

About the Author: David Biro

One of New York magazines Top Doctors, David Biro, MD, teaches at SUNY Downstate and practices in Brooklyn with his father He lives with his wife and twin boys in Manhattan.

10 thoughts on “This Magnificent Dappled Sea

  1. says:

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  2. says:

    A heart warming tale of what binds us together. Luca Traviano is nine years old and lives in a small village in Northern Italy with his paternal grandparents. His parents were killed in an accident when he was a baby. Luca is a happy and imaginative child, always making up stories about Orlando who, “ comes from a far away land and crosses mountains and valleys,” to help people. Luca is in need of help himself. He has leukaemia and it’s not responding to chemotherapy In his local hospital. His nurse, Nina, has become heavily emotionally invested in the child and she risks everything to save him by bringing his case to the attention of a specialty oncology clinic.

    Meanwhile in New York, Rabbi Joseph Neiman is having a crisis. He has never been traditionally orthodox and his desire to see and make connections between all people has always kept him moving forwards. Not any more. His faith, even his life, has lost all meaning and he is floundering in a morass. As he doesn’t know what to do about himself, so he doesn’t know what to do about his son, Samuel, who is going off the rails. Just when he thought it couldn’t get any worse, Samuel’s scoolfriend, Emily, becomes ill. It’s leukaemia and she needs bone marrow. Joseph’s wife, Sarah, organises a bone marrow drive within their community because it’s from within their genetic community that a likely donor may be found. When this doesn’t work, Joseph’s friends, the local priest and Imam, organise their own bone marrow drives. Joseph appreciates the gesture but believes it to be pointless. When he gets a call after this drive to say he’s a match, he is delighted. The black fog lifts. He believes he is going to save Emily. But hang on, he’s a match for Luca instead. The black fog returns. Until Joseph realises that, to him, the life of a Catholic Italian boy is just as much with saving as Emily. Rabbi Joseph is feeling better. This is just as well as he needs his strength to resist his wife. Sarah’s family were betrayed by an Italian woman when they were fleeing from the Germans. Her grandparents ended up at Auschwitz, only her father survived. He did not forget. Apart from her personal grudge against a Italians, Sarah actually believed that Joseph should ignore the distractions of his attempts at pluralism and should turn inwards to focus on the Jewish faith and a Jewish people exclusively. Joseph can’t do that. He goes ahead, supported by his son, and deals with the consequences of his decision with Sarah the best he can. Ironically, his actions bring him and Samuel closer together and guide Samuel back onto the rails.

    Will Rabbi Joseph’s bone marrow save Luca? Why does Luca need Jewish bone marrow if his father was adopted from the Catholic orphanage as his grandfather told everyone, including his wife? Why does Luca’s grandfather feel guilty Constantly and that everything that goes wrong is a sign that he is being punished? Will Nina find happiness? And will Sarah ever look outwardsand forgive? You’ll have to read This magnificent dappled sea (a reference to how bone marrow looks under a microscope) to find out.

    I had no idea that far fewer Jews were rounded up and exterminated in Mussolini’s Italy than in many other occupied countries. Nor that the Catholic clergy, alongside ordinary Catholics saved so many by hiding them and creating a corridor for them to escape to neutral Switzerland. That part was very interesting. As was the stuff about bone marrow transplants about which, luckily, I knew nothing. A well crafted book giving two disparate stories a very human connection.

  3. says:

    Recommend to book-clubbers and those who enjoy non-genre fiction

    If you enjoy reading literary fiction, I believe you’ll like this well-written book. There are complex family dynamics; genetics versus environment issues; lives affected by straight-out lies and lies by omission, etc. Plus, does the past affect who you are? How about parents/grandparents who insist on keeping the past alive?

    This is a sober and thoughtful non-genre book, but there are uplifting moments and happy events—some with parallels to our currently somber times. WWII weighs on this book, as do concentration camps, and Jews trying to escape Europe. Abortion is mentioned to inform about a nurse’s emotional growth, plus poor and/or desperate women need an alternative to knitting needles—no matter the State religion of Italy. A reality check for me.

    I learned a lot about rural Italy during WWII, how Italians protected Jews, and how some Italians collected Nazi “bounties.” That’s another whiplash back to current time. I liked the contrast between a small farming family in rural Italy and a family of Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn. The too maudlin denouement is the weakest part of the book.

    Whilst reading about Jews being discovered and killed, I vividly recalled a MASH TV rerun from uni days. A young Korean mother saved herself, dozens of fellow Koreans, and MASH medicos from NKorean troops—by quieting her screaming infant, only to smother the baby.

  4. says:

    3.75/5. I enjoyed it as it blended two of my favourite topics, WWII history and serious illness. I didn’t know a lot about Italy’s history during WWII besides the basic facts of the war so that was a really interesting and unique perspective. I also thought the author did a good job blending the two time periods and two locations without compromising either story. The big event towards the end made me so sad and I wished it didn’t have to go that way but I did find it realistic. I felt like some of the medical details seemed unrealistic but it was generally more minor stuff like who would actually administer the bone marrow, and I kinda got the feeling the author just changed those minor details for dramatic effect. I can’t be too harsh because the author broke a ton of leukemia tropes!!! The book is not really ableist and OVERALL is fairly realistic which I think is probably due to the author’s own experience having a bone marrow transplant. For the negatives — I did feel like at times the author was showing not telling and some of the side characters were less developed due to this; it was a short book for the time period it covered. However, the pacing was good so I never felt bored. I also felt like some of the drama was a bit soap opera-y towards the beginning.

  5. says:

    Slow moving, yet emotional

    A tale of two worlds, secrets, pain, and hope unfolds slowly as the pages turn. Rich with the two cultures that the lead characters reside in, it's a slow build to secrets already teased earlier, which reduces most elements of surprise.

    Heavily character driven, this isn't the book for you if you're seeking action. It's wound up with internal anguish, regrets, and secrets. An example of the writing:

    How lovely she looked to Matteo, her passion radiating off the surface of her port-wine stain. Most people were turned off by the mark, but not him. The magenta-colored mistake of nature made her even more attractive and alive in his eyes.

    There's a heavy amount of medical information, with the intensity of a teledrama. The characterizations of the people behind it ring less true than the love of the transfusions, blood and marrow exchanging life across the ocean. It seems like too many elements are combined to create the story, and not all of them mesh well.

  6. says:

    Great quick read

    I loved the story telling of this book. The author did a great job creating a picture in my head of what the different places looked like. The only negative that I found was it was hard to keep track of all the different characters in this book. I would get different ones confused, and then be even more confused when the story line didn't make sense with the specific character I thought they were talking about. All in all, definitely a good book.

  7. says:

    Revealed new areas of history that I had not been aware of before.

    I liked the way the author weaved together the story of the two main characters on two continents but brought them together in such a remarkable way. The Holocaust was such a terrible tragedy; I wasn't aware of what happened in Italy. It was a wonderfully written story.

  8. says:

    Amazon First-Read. Meh. Promising premise but reads more like non-fiction than as a convincing story. Two stars rather than one cos I didn't hate it, but it just didn't read like a novel that was written as such: more like the author wanted us to be informed about Jews in Italy plus about cancer treatment. OK so write non-fiction about those topics then?

  9. says:

    Wonderful woven tale that intersects so many lives. Heartwarming tale of family and the bonds that hold them together.

    Life threatening illness, the love for family and an interwoven journey between continents. All in struggle to save a young high spirited young boy and how saving him brings salvation for them.

  10. says:


    I loved this book and looked forward to my quiet reading time. David Biro did a magnificent job on crossing the oceans and bringing lives together to create a novel filled with history, love, family dynamics, and enough mystery to keep you spellbound. I hope you'll read this wonderful story ... It will touch your heart❤

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