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Tim Parks is anything but a gentleman in Verona. With an Italian-born wife, an Italian made family, and a whole Italian condominium bubbling around him, he collects a gallery full of splendid characters who initiate us into all the foibles and delights of life in provincial Italy.
More than a travel book, Italian Neighbors is a sparkling, witty, beautifully observed tale of how the most curious people and places gradually assume the familiarity of home. Italian Neighbors is a rare work that manages to be both a portrait and an invitation for everyone who has ever dreamed about Italy.
Posted May 23, 2009
This is a great book if you want to get the feeling of life in another country. My wife and I are planning a trip to Italy with hopes of moving there in the future. This book has given me a feel for what it would be like to live there and the experiences that we would have to look forward to. Can't wait to go and meet the people and live the life.
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Posted May 28, 2006
Parks has really captured the flavor of Northern Italian life, without being overly sentimental or critical. Anyone who has spent time in Italy will recognize the situations and traits that he descibes. It is a revealing insider's look at modern Italy, and helps to dispel some of the romanticized notions about Italian life. At the same time, he cannot hide his true love for Italy. It is a delightful book.
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