If you read the Italian subtitle of the novel Arturo’s Island, you will see that translates to Memoirs of a Boy (Memorie de un fanciullo). The story is told by a mature, adult Arturo Gerace. In this first person point of view narrative the man, Arturo, looks back on his childhood and adolescence. He spends much of his childhood alone with his dog in the large dreary former monastery that his father inherited from a friend. His mother died in childbirth and his father left to travel while his son was brought up by the young servant, Silvestro. As he becomes an adolescent, his father returns with a woman not much older than he. Arturo explains the emotional turmoil he experiences through tumultuous time of his life as he becomes a man.