Italian Education

Italian Education

by Tim Parks
     
 
From the gifted author of Tongues of Flame and Shear comes the much-awaited sequel to his nonfiction bestseller Italian Neighbors. Parks focuses this time on his children, born and bred in Italy, and on the other children in the village near Verona where he lives to create a fascinating portrait of Italian family life.

Overview

From the gifted author of Tongues of Flame and Shear comes the much-awaited sequel to his nonfiction bestseller Italian Neighbors. Parks focuses this time on his children, born and bred in Italy, and on the other children in the village near Verona where he lives to create a fascinating portrait of Italian family life.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Italian Neighbors, British-born Parks gave a wry portrait of his adopted Italy, where he lives with his native-born wife Rita in a village outside Verona. This engaging sequel is an affectionate family album focusing on the experience of raising their son, Michele, and daughter, Stefania, combined with general observations on childrearing practices in Italy. Parks believes the typical Italian child is born into a tight social matrix of caution, inhibition and a suffocating awareness of everything that can go wrong. For Italians, ``pregnancy is, inescapably, a pathology,'' and the intense mother-child relationship, suffused with eroticism, often produces young men with ``an extraordinarily inflated, mother-fed opinion of themselves.'' Beyond parenting, Parks serves up pungent cultural commentary. His Italy is a paradox, where an ancient mentality steeped in peasant Catholic traditions coexists with a hedonistic society that eagerly embraces all things modern. Parks's wit, eye for telling incident and sensuous prose make this a captivating family portrait. (July)
From the Publisher
“There is more here about the pleasurable business of coming from Italy than in any other book in the English language.” –Independent
“Vignettes…reminiscent of Calvino or Moravia.” –Sunday Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780749396268
Publisher:
Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/20/1997
Pages:
455

Meet the Author

Tim Parks studied at Cambridge and Harvard and now lives near Verona with his wife and three children. His novel, Europa, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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