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The Story of San Michele

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A bestseller in a dozen languages and a favorite of readers for decades, The Story of San Michele is one of a remarkable life filled with fabulous experiences and ambitions. Axel Munthe was a fashionable physician in Paris who built one of the best-loved houses in the world, San Michele, on the Isle of Capri, on the site of the villa of the emperor Tiberius. Written with intelligence and verve, this autobiography tells tales of buried treasure in Italy, legendary creatures in Lapland, and the cold countesses and ...

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A bestseller in a dozen languages and a favorite of readers for decades, The Story of San Michele is one of a remarkable life filled with fabulous experiences and ambitions. Axel Munthe was a fashionable physician in Paris who built one of the best-loved houses in the world, San Michele, on the Isle of Capri, on the site of the villa of the emperor Tiberius. Written with intelligence and verve, this autobiography tells tales of buried treasure in Italy, legendary creatures in Lapland, and the cold countesses and kindly whores of Naples—enough material, as one critic put it, "to furnish writers of short stories with plots for the rest of their lives." "A frank and absorbing autobiography…packed with good stories, vivid scenes, and memorable portraits." -- The Times [London] "Written in an imaginative style that is vigorous and impressive." -- New York Times

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Munthe was a true Renaissance man a scientist and doctor as well as a poet who was a friend of Henry James, Somerset Maugham, and others. In this 1929 volume, he offers an account of San Michele, a house he built on the site of Roman emperor Tiberius's villa on the Isle of Capri off Italy's southern coast. His weaving of the story of the house with Italian history, mythology, and culture is reminiscent of 18th- and 19th-century travelogs. This book was a smash in several languages for many years. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849027090
  • Publisher: Benediction Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Pages: 548
  • Sales rank: 596,473
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2006

    A Masterpiece of Subtle Sensations

    Axel Munthe's writing is breathtaking. He conveys his pleasant and horrific experiences with powerful, yet subtle language. This book is a collection of memories that paints a realistic, poignant picture of Munthe's world and challenges the reader to make her own conclusions about life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2003

    mixture of fable and truth

    this book was once a world wide best seller about a doctor who treated the poor in times of some of the most harrowing epidemics of the last century, in Italy, and France and Sweden, and his building of a villa in Capri, in southern Italy. It is full of wisdom, fables and medical history. Very uplifting, his villa is still one of the main tourist attractions on the isle of Capri. I strongly recommend it for italophiles; it also seems to anticipate some of the wisdom of "new age" but in a much more sincere way.

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