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Ciao, America!: An Italian Discovers the U.S.

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Ciao, America!-Hot or Not? I'll Be the Judge of That...

If you're not a psycho nationalist freak and you're up to a little cultural criticism, then this is the book for you. Despite the constant belittlement, as an American, I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it allowed me to analyze my lifestyles through the e...
If you're not a psycho nationalist freak and you're up to a little cultural criticism, then this is the book for you. Despite the constant belittlement, as an American, I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it allowed me to analyze my lifestyles through the eyes of an outsider. Although after each paragraph I was left with a mildly bruised ego and the longing for a rebuttal to each of Severgnini's statements, in the long run I was left with a greater sense of national pride than before. After all, what's good writing without a bit of controversy? So, I'd consider this a 'hot' book.

posted by Anonymous on September 18, 2003

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

bolsterous laughter mixed with boredom

The first two chapters of this 'experience the American way' are a riot, wonderfully funny, you want to roll on the floor - Severgnini definitely has gained a good impression of the American lifestyle, and as a European who has by now survived, lived, and adapted to her...
The first two chapters of this 'experience the American way' are a riot, wonderfully funny, you want to roll on the floor - Severgnini definitely has gained a good impression of the American lifestyle, and as a European who has by now survived, lived, and adapted to her life here, I love his humorous insights. But the much promising start renders into a less entertaining month-to-month description of his experiences and observations during his year in DC, which, well, are not at all that interesting to read. The hope for more witty scenes kept me going, and here and there, Severgnini is able to spike his descriptions, yet - all in all it was not a book I'd pass on to my friends. But might want to read one or the other passage from...

posted by Anonymous on September 9, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2003

    bolsterous laughter mixed with boredom

    The first two chapters of this 'experience the American way' are a riot, wonderfully funny, you want to roll on the floor - Severgnini definitely has gained a good impression of the American lifestyle, and as a European who has by now survived, lived, and adapted to her life here, I love his humorous insights. But the much promising start renders into a less entertaining month-to-month description of his experiences and observations during his year in DC, which, well, are not at all that interesting to read. The hope for more witty scenes kept me going, and here and there, Severgnini is able to spike his descriptions, yet - all in all it was not a book I'd pass on to my friends. But might want to read one or the other passage from...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    thank god, it's over

    i personally could not went for the end. i am an italian student in the eleventh grade. Good writing but i disagree with many of his stereotypes.

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