Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay [NOOK Book]

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A lively, elegantly concise historic tour of Italy’s city by the bay



An invaluable addition to the art of literary travel writing, Naples Declared presents an informative and compulsively readable account of three thousand years of Naples history. From the catacombs of San Gennaro to the luminous paintings of Caravaggio to the ruins of Pompeii in nearby Campania, renowned...
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Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay

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Overview

A lively, elegantly concise historic tour of Italy’s city by the bay



An invaluable addition to the art of literary travel writing, Naples Declared presents an informative and compulsively readable account of three thousand years of Naples history. From the catacombs of San Gennaro to the luminous paintings of Caravaggio to the ruins of Pompeii in nearby Campania, renowned author Benjamin Taylor takes readers on a stroll around the city Italians lovingly call Il Cratere. Gracefully written and full of good humor, wisdom, and amusing anecdotes, Naples Declared is a wholly original work that will be welcomed by anyone seeking to know more about the art, culture, and history of this fabled place.
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"Superb . . . What Chatwin did for Australia and Mathiessen for the Himalayas, Taylor now does for the storied city of Naples. I will steal a line from Leon Wieseltier's review of Taylor's previous book, "Saul Bellow: Letters" to describe his newest one: "an elegantissimo book." [In Naples Declared,] Taylor deftly sums up more than 3,000 years of history, ranging from the establishment of a Mycenaean entrepôt in 1800 B.C.E. to the signal event of 2011: “Renewed garbage crisis.” Like all great travel memoirs, however, “Naples Declared” owes some of its best moments to the firsthand experiences of the author in the place he writes about. He is a watchful traveler and a charming raconteur, and so we are treated to accounts of his successful effort to cure the hiccups of an aristocratic Englishwoman known to the hotel staff as “Lady So-and-So,” his inventory of the cast-off items and the poignant graffiti that he spots in an ancient aqueduct used as a bomb-shelter during World War II . . . Taylor’s book offers a full measure of history and reportage. “My modus operandi,” he explains, “has been to walk a knowledge of Naples into my bloodstream.” But the book is also a reverie. “In this place, my dream said, trust to the promise of renewable wonder,” he concludes, “every lover’s hope and prayer.” There is no better way to sum up what Taylor has captured in “Naples Declared,” a wholly delightful example of what the literary travel memoir can achieve."—Jonathan Kirsch, JewishJournal.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101589076
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/10/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 847,895
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Ben Taylor
Benjamin Taylor is the author of two acclaimed novels—The Book of Getting Even and Tales Out of School—and the editor of Saul Bellow: Letters. He lives in New York City.

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

    Tough Luck Town Dazzles

    Benjamin Taylor knows his town and its renowned bay. Among other things, it's a monument to horrific disasters, both natural(remember Vesuvius)and man-made, which he acquaints us with in his splendid cultural history-cum-travel book "Naples Declared." If you want tips on four star hotels, where to dine, and not-to-be-missed classy boutiques, you'll have to try a conventional Baedeker. But Taylor offers a wonderful start for the uninitiated traveler to southern Italy. Intelligent, brightly penned, and packed with ideas of places to visit, his book packs much valuable information in less than 200 pages.

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