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Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    You don't just read this book....you experience it.

    I love to write, and have been complimented on my ability to make a reader feel that they are experiencing my stories. After reading Four Seasons in Rome, I give myself little credit for such talent. Instead, I say that Anthony Doerr is the "Master" of description. I lived every moment of his story with him. I have been to Rome four times, and would live there in a heartbeat if I had the opportunity. The fact that I love Rome, and have also spent time in Trastevere, did make the book more personal for me because I could relate to it in many ways. It brought back good memories, and it was fun to read Mr. Doerr's comments on places, foods, and the culture in general. But one doesn't have to have been to Rome to apprecite the book. He describes everything so well, that your senses are aroused and your emotions rise to the surface. You smell the air, you feel the heat, you hear the sounds of the neighborhood; people greeting people, the motor bikes, the birds, and even the water flowing from fountains. You feel his love and connection to his wife. You feel both the frustrations and the total joy they experience as new parents and you can totally visualize the baby boys by his proud descriptions of them...their physical features and their reactions to their surroundings. You admire his devotion to both work and family. You come to know his surroundings through his eye for detail, and his ability to capture those details in words. And, you even find something beautiful in the midst of great sadness when he describes the events surrounding the death of Pope John Paul II. As I stated...this author is amazing. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading, travel, history, and people. You'll feel like you've walked through Rome, and through the neighborhood where the writer and his family lived.
    You'll enjoy the surrounding countryside as well, as they take occasional trips out of the hustle-bustle of the city.

    This book will remain in my personal collection. I know I will read it again...and again. I love the way Doerr writes, and I hope that by readng the work of a writer of his talent, I will personally improve as a writer. My only disappointment was that the book was not longer. I found myself reading more slowly toward the end, because I didn't want to get to the last page!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2007

    What a Great Book

    After being in Rome with my husband & 2 adult daughers this May what a thrill to come home and read this book. Thanks Anthony Doerr it reminded me of how very much I love Rome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2007

    A MAGICAL INTERPRETATION OF ROME

    I have just ended my reading of the novel, Four Seasons in Rome and was thoroughly intriqued. It brought back vivid memories of our two trips there and also captured my attention page by page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2015

    Twins

    I was given All the Light We Cannot See as a birthday present, the best novel I have read in a long time. Doerr weaves a charming spell reminiscent of nineteenth century works. His experience as parent of twins paralleled mine so closely I was amazed. This work based upon a grant to live and work in Rome show his mind and large and interesting grasp of life at work.
    Very soecial.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

    A nice one-year memoir, but not a travel aid.

    An enjoyable recounting of a year spent in Rome by the author, his wife and his twin sons on a fellowship. I put it on my reading list because I was hoping for some help with an upcoming trip their. Not very useful in that regard, although it did reaffirm my judgement in wanting to return to the Eternal City.

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