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Posted September 7, 2012
Excellent read - how Michael felt about Rome is how I feel about Madrid. Thank you for sharing your experiences both good and bad.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 16, 2009
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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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 10, 2008
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.