Midnight in Rome: A Wandering Mind in a City Eternal [NOOK Book]

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Recent college graduate Michael Gyulai relocates across the Atlantic with one desire-to satisfy a lifelong infatuation with Rome. But Michael's naïve perception of the beautiful city and its people begins to wane after he lands a job behind the bar of an ultra-modern nightclub in the historic Campo de' Fiori.

As the club's mischievous staff sweeps him into their world of after-hours Rome, Michael is suddenly exposed to a reckless atmosphere ...
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Midnight in Rome: A Wandering Mind in a City Eternal

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Overview

Recent college graduate Michael Gyulai relocates across the Atlantic with one desire-to satisfy a lifelong infatuation with Rome. But Michael's naïve perception of the beautiful city and its people begins to wane after he lands a job behind the bar of an ultra-modern nightclub in the historic Campo de' Fiori.

As the club's mischievous staff sweeps him into their world of after-hours Rome, Michael is suddenly exposed to a reckless atmosphere comprised of drug dealings on the banks of the Tiber and robberies in ancient piazzas. When all hope seems lost, Michael meets Skye, a striking Icelandic foreigner. Through their relationship, he explores the intimate intricacies of the human condition, exposes fate's irrationality, and fights against the language barriers that keep them apart.

In the midst of colorful back alleyways, timeless cobblestone, and world-famous monuments, Michael shares his improbable adventures in one of the world's most recognized and venerated cities.

"Gyulai has the enviable quality of finding the exact adjective to describe any given sensation, thought or observation. Midnight in Rome replenishes the Roman soul from the smog, noise and clutter . . . and will have you looking at this beautiful city with restored adoration."
-THE ROMAN FORUM BOOK REVIEW
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935278771
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/13/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 420,772
  • File size: 543 KB

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Excellent read - how Michael felt about Rome is how I feel about

    Excellent read - how Michael felt about Rome is how I feel about Madrid. Thank you for sharing your experiences both good and bad.

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    Loved it

    A friend recommended this because she knew I loved all things Rome, and BOY was she on the mark! It's an easy read but an absorbing one, even if you're not a devout reader. Who wouldn't love to pick up their life and move to a foreign city that was once just a vacation place where you found yourself thinking "MAN I wish I could just live here...." ? It's not as heavy as "Under the Tuscan Sun" (not that that book was heavy, but I guess it was just written from the perspective of someone who was much older & had been through the wringer) and it has a very fresh viewpoint, coming from someone my age who did this totally crazy thing: he graduated college then just said "I'm moving to Rome" and he did it. So reading his story left me envying his experience, and gave me a vicarious thrill at the same time. It's also left me thinking a lot of "what if's" that now have me craving a return to Rome, which is up there with Paris as my favorite cities ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 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

    a great read

    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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