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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595711147
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    A modern side to Rome

    Millions of tourists visit Rome every year and go home feeling they have experienced this rich and historical society. They have¿ but only as a tourist. Michael Gyulai lived, worked and communed in the Eternal City on a daily basis as one of its citizens. Up until now I have always envision Rome as being strictly a historical place but reading ¿Midnight In Rome¿ made me realize there is a modern side to Rome as well. Gyulai fluently paints a detailed picture of modern Roman society and culture with its industries, nightclubs and people. By including Italian phrases with delayed translations, Gyulai gets across the frustration of living in a town where your comprehension of the language is minimal. ¿Midnight In Rome¿ is also for the adventurer or the adventurer at heart. It is the adventure we all look forward to when we get out of school or as we look back on our youth, the adventure we wish we would have taken.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    Adventures - And Misadventures - Abroad

    Introspection comes in a variety of different forms: it can be instantaneous or prolonged, active or passive, subtle or glaringly obvious...regardless of the form it takes, though, it normally happens within the confines of our everyday environments - but, as is the case with Michael Gyulai, it can also happen thousands of miles from home. The reader is granted special access to such insight in Midnight In Rome, the true story of Gyulai's adventures - and misadventures - in the famed Eternal City during a memorable period of his early adult life. Shortly after his graduation from the University of California, Gyulai satisfies his lifelong craving to visit the city by moving to the Italian capital in a not-so-subtle effort to drink in its deep, rich cultural heritage. He soon discovers, though, that his romanticized vision of the Rome of legend clashes greatly with the stark reality of its modern face. Soon gaining employment as a bartender at Metro, an interesting - to say the least - nightclub in the heart of the city, Gyulai becomes privy to the deep, dark secrets of the hidden underbelly of a city that functions much like any other in the world - only less apologetically so. Just when he thinks the seediness that surrounds him will snuff out any remaining hopes of love and light, Gyulai meets the inimitable Skye, a strikingly captivating beauty who just happens to be a foreigner herself. He soon finds himself overwhelmed with the desire to become everything to Skye - and more - and his erstwhile lust for Rome herself is soon transferred completely to Skye, as he convinces himself that she possesses the much-needed answer to the emotional riddle that his life has become. What follows is a humorous, heart-wrenching, and always entertaining pursuit through the mercurial halls of human emotion and vulnerability. Midnight In Rome is a charming read. In it, Gyulai has crafted a truly engaging memoir of a phase in life with which we all are surely familiar: the charged idealism of post-adolescence, and the sobering crash of reality that always follows it. Reading about - and vicariously experiencing - his adventures makes for an enlightening trip, regardless of the physical setting in which they transpire. A sure-fire literary treat that promises to awaken the adventurousness and curiosity in us all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2008


    I would highly recommend this book. I am an avid reader and I've noticed that almost every book has a lull about 2/3rds of the way in. While reading Midnight in Rome, I kept waiting for the lull to hit but, instead, it was seamless and engrossing. The author offers readers a chance to experience a side of Rome that tourists don't see. . . the nightlife of a licentious, thoughtful youth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    Great Read

    Overall I thought it was a great narrative that kept me drawn in and I could really relate to it. I thought the author did a very good job of breaking it down to the human experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2008


    After I started reading Midnight in Rome, I had trouble putting it down. It was fascinating to read about one young man's experieces as he immerses himself in the culture of Rome. He brings the city alive in an intimate light as he finds employment, friends and adventures among the famous sights of the city. I've recommended this book to friends because I think the author has a good voice and narrative style and an interesting tale to tell.

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