Recent Reviews for Lucille Bellucci
Journey from Shanghai (Book) - 2/1/2009 9:35:05 AM|
Pastiche:Stories and Such (Book) - 1/9/2008 9:47:37 AM
Pastiche is a collection of stories, essays and poetry, not "action/thriller" as described. I will fix that when I find how to do it. What is true about Pastiche is that several of the stories and essays are award winners in literary reviews.
The Year of the Rat (Book) - 6/29/2001 7:20:52 PM
Intriguing premise coupled with an evocative, page turning plot ... Written in a masterful style. Bellucci's book is historical drama at its best! RD
Cicadas (Short Story) - 10/14/2013 5:08:20 AM
This moving story shows the uneasy relationship between an ex pat family and the locals. Prior to the Japanese invasion Hugh, Sybil and their daughters enjoyed a comfortable life by remaining aloof from the natives and socialising with fellow ex pats.
With the upheaval, poverty comes nearer and is visible from their windows, particularly in the shape of a woman and boy camped outside their garden railing. Sybil is uneasy with this but can't close her eyes as Hugh recommends and eventually sends some food and clothing via one of there three servants. She seems to establish a connection with the boy.
Her conscience is troubled. She settles for giving aid but keeping the dirty repulsive creatures outside her property. She realises that her charity had met its own ignoble limits.
The atmosphere of Shanghai is vividly conveyed. There is a universal theme of the well to do living with he deprivation of the masses. The story is told from Sybil's perspective and is a very believable tale of how she copes with her troubled conscience and her prejudices.
Like all good stories it is as relevant today as in 1937.
Cicadas (Short Story) - 6/24/2013 3:35:02 PM
A very telling story. Having seen some of the orient during two tours in the Navy, Viet Nam era, my perspective and life changed forever. We, (Americans) are not "better than", we simply got lucky enough to live in a society where the standard of living is, at least for the present, a bit higher than most of the rest of the world. However, as in all things, this is subject to change. Charity is important but empathy does the greater good.
Salmon and Bullheads (Short Story) - 6/18/2013 11:46:39 AM
Very well written. You have an obvious flair for story telling - one even a fisherman could envy! M.True
Fishbone Confessions (Short Story) - 6/18/2013 11:32:53 AM
My first reading of your work. Very impressed. A touch of Hemingway in your personalized accounting of events. Simple yet elegant. M.True
Salmon and Bullheads (Short Story) - 5/13/2013 6:22:25 AM
This story is so real it must be real.
I lived in the Bay Area only three years. A friend of mine, a German girl married to an American art student that I talk to drive, invited me to a party at their apartment in San Francisco. As part of the party buffet she had purchased a small piece of smoked salmon. Before the party started, Geislia said, “Ron, take a piece of salmon for the other guests get it.” Even though I had caught a lot of freshwater fish including a musky when I was 13, I had never tasted salmon before.
Lately, my helper has been feeding me broiled salmon about once a week. I really enjoy it. I caught quite a few bullheads in my time, but never ate any and don't like catfish either. The only time I went sea fishing off the coast of Pompano Beach, I couldn't fish because of my hands and got terribly seasick as the boat bounced up and down while my cousin and his wife caught several fish to broil that evening.
Salmon and Bullheads (Short Story) - 5/12/2013 4:38:51 PM
the best partner one can have
Him, Her, Us (Short Story) - 4/8/2013 10:42:52 AM
i like this it's a perfect plan
Singles Heaven (Short Story) - 3/3/2013 3:25:06 PM
Singles Heaven (Short Story) - 2/20/2013 10:52:32 AM
quite an interesting depiction
Sufficient Unto the Day (Short Story) - 10/6/2012 7:32:24 AM
Aging as a team -- very well written and true to life.
Flying Down to Rio (Short Story) - 12/13/2009 3:00:56 PM
This is a great piece, even without ppg breaks, I loved it! I look forward to checking out more of your work. Best, Jen
The Country Squire (Short Story) - 9/29/2008 11:32:51 AM
"-came with a dog." Shouldn't all of our "places" come with a dog, eh? Keep up the good work, Lucille.
Night Calls (Short Story) - 6/30/2007 9:17:20 AM
Congratulations on your published story Lucille!
The Crab Season (Short Story) - 5/25/2007 4:14:16 PM
Well, I'm off to the, Crab Shack Restaurant down the street….you made me hungry,
Great descriptive! I could see the mounds of shells, and practically taste to the crab.
Winters of the Heart (Short Story) - 5/25/2007 4:07:41 PM
I found this very well written but very sad. I too experienced somthing similiar with teh passign of my mother a few years ago. I look forward to reading more of your stories.
The Crab Season (Short Story) - 7/31/2006 8:21:55 AM
Excellent story, Lucille; very well penned! :)
The Crab Season (Short Story) - 7/30/2006 11:14:45 AM
Thanks for sharing this. Love your web page too!
Winters of the Heart (Short Story) - 3/23/2006 6:09:11 AM
A wonderfully written story. I can certainly understand how living with a man completely devoid of good thoughts could cause a woman to eventually give up and fade away. I loved the thought process behind the making of the doll and then leaving it to God as to whether she lived or died. A sad thing to simply give up on life and wait to die. I found this a very thought provoking story and an encouragement to never give up on life.
The Carioca Dobie Derby (Short Story) - 2/19/2006 11:24:36 PM
Beautiful Doberman story, we always wanted one but never got the chance. Critics say the head is too small for the brain which causes the dog to mis-read as they age, don't really know though. Good Luck in your future dog shows...
Roger and Birgit
Winters of the Heart (Short Story) - 9/27/2004 3:13:37 PM
a sad story; very well done, lucille!
The Carioca Dobie Derby (Short Story) - 2/3/2004 3:41:04 PM
Wonderful escape! I've never heard a rat-command before!
Encounters with certain Brazilian fruits (Article) - 11/11/2013 8:09:24 AM
My favorite is the Brazil nut. I didn't know, but learned recently that the tree for the Brazil nut drops a heavy capsule that is only opened by a small animal (maybe a bird, I can't remember) so that the nut, or seed could germinate creating another tree.
Rainy Night in Georgia (Article) - 11/6/2013 7:10:25 PM
Ain't traveling a gas, though? I see you understand perfectly what it takes. Oh! for the carefree youth of non-attachment to objects or need of them. Which brings me to Lee Child's character in his novels, Jack Reacher, who hitchhikes around America carrying nothing but his toothbrush in a pocket (and this brings to mind that old saw about Benjamin Franklin carrying all his clothes in his pocket). Jack's aversion to luggage is fine with me, but it bothers me severely that there is never mention of his laundering his underwear at night wherever he stops. Thanks, Ronald, for your kind words. Do read my novels, then.
Rainy Night in Georgia (Article) - 11/6/2013 7:53:10 AM
Thoroughly enjoyable! Your writing talents are obvious and your novels must be wonderful.
From the time I left home at 18, I never made a checklist, and seemed to be able to travel like flipping a switch and then leave for a weekend, a week, or a month without worry. Oh, things happened, like coming back to find a pile of ashes near my apartment, thankfully not mine, but the managers'. And my five week jaunt around the world in winter with the most preparation I ever made, only to return and find that an owl had entered the house and used the mohair armrests of my antique couch for perches and a place to poop. The only time I was burglarized was on a 10 day trip when I left my home in care of a helper. I suspect her parents… Rich South Americans who were used to taking whatever they wanted from the places they stayed.
And then I got married and things changed. Worry about travel seems to multiply when a woman is involved. Now that I am quadriplegic and require much maintenance, my helper of 21 years as suspended travel and I require a lengthy checklist before we leave the door. Life does seem to be more complicated as we age.
Summer On a Dime (Article) - 4/13/2013 4:34:22 PM
Congratulations on the prize. I don't think much will be trimmed in that yard.
All of the trees and plants are part of the family.
Summer On a Dime (Article) - 4/13/2013 2:19:14 PM
A delightful account of an all too common experience, Lucille. I enjoyed reading it.
Barbara J. Henry
Halibut Have Cheeks (Article) - 11/18/2010 9:59:31 AM
Ezines that Pay (Article) - 2/5/2009 5:57:55 AM
Thanks for this great article! I will have to do some exploring.
A Hansley Jr
See Naples And.... (Article) - 1/1/2009 6:49:47 AM
I believe you and your family survived because God has a purpose for your life. You are a special child of God and you will be blessed.
Have a wonderful New Year!
John Michael Domino
See Naples And.... (Article) - 12/21/2008 1:31:57 PM
Oh what a powerful story... I am angry too... everyone trying to survive even if it mean stealing... how you and your family survived is a miracle.. I am so proud to know you. Plz tell us more. hugs, lindalaw
Shanghai, Feb. 1952 (Article) - 12/19/2008 6:26:43 PM
Lucille.... I wish you would write more often... I read this story and could envision what you and your sister went thru...altho obviously not the fear or uncertainties... Your description of your mother and father and Murph are so visual... Thank you for writing this story...I want so much to better understand these cultural situations that I would never know about... hugs and peace sweet Lucille... lindalaw
Favors and Other Crimes (Article) - 11/24/2008 11:29:23 PM
I loved your article. Your point is well taken. I have "given" money away to friends in need. I have one who said that he will pay me back. I will not hold my breath for I know there is always a GREATER need than to pay someone back, especially in today's economy.
You have had a tough life and now you can turn that mess into a message.
John Michael Domino
Ezines that Pay (Article) - 10/7/2008 12:05:26 PM
Thank you LUcille for this very informative and in depth writing... it sure will help many of us... and I for one, truly appreciate your help. thank you, LIndalaw
Permanence is a Language (Article) - 9/24/2005 4:26:43 AM
The Circle of Rage (Article) - 10/18/2004 12:21:09 PM
For six weeks in January 1952 I reported to the interrogation officer in Shanghai. The accusations of espionage for the U.S. Government seldom varied. I stole secrets and passed them on; who were my collaborators? did I seek the downfall of the People's liberation movement?
The man said I would be executed if I did not confess. I was 18 years old.
Favors and Other Crimes (Article) - 1/8/2004 5:52:22 PM
Man, this is why I have not or ever will loan to friends. If their friendship means a lot to me, I'll like them well enough to tell them no. Thanks for making a good point.
SANCTUARY (Poetry) - 6/27/2013 10:37:23 AM
You have described a woman's lair quite well.
Ballad of Yeen Wang (Poetry) - 6/26/2013 4:50:30 PM
This is a very interesting poem, I delighted in the fact that when read from bottom to top it made as much sense. Each line succinct, much like the intention of the white binding. Not supposing distortion, rather, insuring a purposeful clarification. M.True
SANCTUARY (Poetry) - 6/26/2013 4:36:24 PM
Beautiful inclusions. I do sketches on a notepad, now and again to remind me of my previous living spaces. Photos show too much. Poems, however, can be all that you want them to see. M.True
SANCTUARY (Poetry) - 6/26/2013 2:17:17 PM
our sanctuaries are of us not anyone else
The Deed (Poetry) - 1/12/2009 8:20:01 PM
Lucille...you picked the right time to leave me Lucille...just like Kenny Rogers sings...whew...that was certainly out in left field...but...interesting to say the least...dreams...wow.. reality?? hope not.. hugs, lindalaw
The Deed (Poetry) - 1/12/2009 2:39:09 PM
Interesting concept, but in reality far from the truth. Leaving one to wonder....
Be always safe,
Obi (Poetry) - 11/5/2008 11:20:29 AM
A beautiful message here and tells me lots about where yu live and how you survive too on tea and love and friendships.
California Summer (Poetry) - 11/5/2008 11:19:02 AM
Hopefully Winter will go better and fires will be less and the countryside will get back in order again. Must be trying to live where you live. I have never visited Calif either, but you tell a lot about it.
California Summer (Poetry) - 9/28/2008 9:02:50 PM
Sad commentary for a once very beautiful place....
Be always safe,
Ballad of Yeen Wang (Poetry) - 2/27/2008 3:47:39 AM
I've heard of the practice of foot binding - what price, beauty? Sad - painful to read, but necessary - well done, Lucille.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Obi (Poetry) - 2/26/2008 2:48:53 PM
A story of crispness, newness a mere observation, yet a chance to learn and reach out....
Be always safe,
Obi (Poetry) - 2/26/2008 12:05:02 PM
Very nice poem, Lucille; brava!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Obi (Poetry) - 2/26/2008 11:50:32 AM
Obi (Poetry) - 2/26/2008 10:45:11 AM
Absolutely stunning, the unveiling of beauty cloaked under silken kimono and obi - but not too much, leaving a hint of mystery - of wanting to see more - well done. Domo arigato, Lucille-san.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
My daddy was stationed in Japan for three years, one of my favorite gifts from him is a book about Japanese culture. :)
Ballad of Yeen Wang (Poetry) - 1/26/2008 3:11:22 PM
Powerful pen excellently written~`*
Ballad of Yeen Wang (Poetry) - 1/18/2008 3:35:07 PM
I viewed a video recently wherein an elderly Chinese woman was showing the result of foot binding..I cried for days..when will the plight of women cease in this woeful world..
Thank you for bringing attention to this evil tradition..
LULLABY (Poetry) - 12/29/2007 9:50:10 AM
This composition is rich in meaningful contents and beauty.
Thank You for sharing Your jewels.
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Ballad of Yeen Wang (Poetry) - 12/29/2007 9:43:50 AM
An enjoyable aliment for the mind... "Ballad of Yeen Wang" shines.
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Ballad of Yeen Wang (Poetry) - 12/22/2007 11:23:04 AM
This still goes on?
LULLABY (Poetry) - 9/5/2007 11:42:12 AM
Good Day to you Lucille,
I have read "Lullaby". I found it entertaining and that its point is well taken, that we should treat important things in our lives with respect, we will sleep better at night. That's my take on it. Please
feel free to check out my site at www.freewebs.com/kendoo or here in the "Den"
LULLABY (Poetry) - 9/2/2007 6:53:49 AM
Excellent work! I applaud you.
LULLABY (Poetry) - 7/3/2006 6:29:55 PM
A delightful poem.
LULLABY (Poetry) - 3/19/2006 2:02:47 PM
Loved it all including these lines ~ This hour of the bells, hells? perhaps belles, but no
Glass slippers upon these feet, oh no, rather shards of glass of said slippers
exploring the concavities
Of that region below the breast that I would
cut away and
Throw to the dogs, or hogs, into the bogs
LULLABY (Poetry) - 12/25/2005 6:28:11 PM
Been there...watch what you feed yourself.
LULLABY (Poetry) - 7/23/2005 10:12:44 AM
Great informative piece.
Rich Criso Suarez
LULLABY (Poetry) - 6/24/2005 11:32:15 AM
i like it...
LULLABY (Poetry) - 3/12/2005 7:55:37 AM
LULLABY (Poetry) - 9/29/2004 9:58:58 PM
heeheh...this made me smile and remember many such unfortunate experiences of my own...grand job in this, Lucille.
LULLABY (Poetry) - 9/27/2004 9:10:50 AM
Wow. You have inspired me to eat less and take care of my tum. Your work is a treat - I must avoid meat.
PS VBest was a spelling mistake but I quite like it. Perhaps it was meant to be.
LULLABY (Poetry) - 8/27/2003 7:22:07 PM
Clover Farms Icey Tea does me in late at night! Very true and well done! Yes, we must watch what we eat and drink especially late at night!