Looking for Alibrandi Essay

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Nancy Tran


LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI – QUOTES (1992 Puffin edition)
“My mother was born here so as far as the Italians were concerned we weren’t completely one of them. Yet because my grandparents were born in Italy we weren’t completely Australian.” (p. 7) “It makes me feel I will never be a part of their society and I hate that because I’m just as smart as they are.” (p. 8) “The room isn’t like the living rooms of my parents… but I like it. Because my mother and I are stamped all over it.” (p. 10) “Telecom would go broke if it weren’t for the Italians.” (p. 11) “We tune into each other very well. Maybe because it’s always just been the two of us.” (p. 14) “Sometimes I think he is a myth. As far as the world is
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79) “ ‘I’m an Italian. I’m of Italian descent. When an Italian or another person of European descent calls me a wog it’s done in good warm humour. When the word “wog” comes out of the mouth of an Australian it’s not done in good humour unless they’re a good friend. It makes me feel pathetic and it makes me remember that I live in a small-minded world and that makes me so furious.’ ” [Josie to Michael] (p. 88) “ ‘People? What people? Italians? Mama, I have already disgraced myself in their eyes and there will never be anything to change that, so who cares if they talk about me?’ ” [Christina to Katia] (p. 95) “I cried all the way home. Howled. Sobbed. Whatever you want to call it. Because a bunch of grotty junkies had said horrible things about my mother, who I had treated so badly.” (p. 105) “ ‘Face it, the age of innocence is gone. We abused the act of sex and now God’s sitting back and having the laugh of his life.’ ” [Josie to Christina] (p. 112) “My grandmother, like most Europeans, has this obsession about dirt. She cleans her house at least five times a week.” (p. 114) “ ‘These poor Australians who are not used to the Italians do not know what to do. We Italians cry out loud, Jozzie. The Australians do not.’ ” [Katia to Josie] (p. 115) “She [Nonna] remembers a lot in fondness, but just the feeling that nobody seemed to be around for most of the time is frightening. Living just outside the

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