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A-Z of Understanding Italians (An Irreverent Guide)

A-Z of Understanding Italians (An Irreverent Guide) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Emmett
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Are you heading to Italy for your holidays? Planning to buy a house there? However long you stay you'll be better prepared if you read this highly irreverent booklet.Why is Italy full of old contes? Why do you need half a day to draw cash on your credit card? Why do Audis travel in pairs? Why should you be afraid of old men in trilbys, especially when they are behind the wheel of a Fiat Panda? Is every fat man called Pavarotti? What is Italian customer service? Why aren't cappuccinos hot? Why do the lights go off when you iron? What is meant by 'could be' ? All these mysteries and more are explained by confessed Italiophile Steve Emmett. He even throws in a traditional recipe for ragu which alone has to be worth more than the cover price.

Steve Emmett sold Italian country homes for almost twenty-five years and lived there for a decade. He is now an acclaimed horror writer who has combined his writing skills with a deep knowledge of Italy and an acid wit to create this highly amusing and informative booklet. It's wicked, very non-PC and full of sweeping generalizations but, if you have an interest in Italy and Italians, it's bound to make you laugh.

Circa 11,200 words

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 183 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Could Be A Book (13 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Steve Emmett is 5' 10" in his sock feet, 55 years of age, and may weigh more than 120Kg depending on the time of day. What little hair he has left is brown going grey, but in years gone by he had a rich unruly mop which was tamed according to fashion - poodle perm; New Romantic side parting; bleached both in whole and part. His challenge to the barber these days is rather more workaday.

Steve studied architecture at the AA in London where he once witnessed Dame Zaha Hadid fall through a canvas chair (admittedly she was just plain Ms Hadid then). He spent most of his working life selling Italian country homes to northern Europeans and Americans, and spent many years living in London and Italy. He will always be grateful to Lehmann Bros for wrecking his comfortable existence and providing him with the opportunity to fulfill his writerly ambitions. Steve grew up on Hammer Horror films, Dennis Wheatley and M R James stories, so not surprising that his main genre is horror and dark matter. When not scaring readers he likes to make them smile.

He is a member of the Society of Authors, the British Humanist Assocation, and reviews for the New York Journal of Books. You may have come across him at the occasional book festival, book signing, or making merry on the Paranormal Radio Network. He is always open to offers, the more bizarre the better. You can find him at www dot steve-emmett dot com

His long-awaited horror novel Blood of the Gods will be published in autumn 2014 by Massacre Publishing.

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The cover of this book caught my eye when I was searching for something else and as someone with an interest in all things Italian, and who has visited Italy on numerous occasions, I thought this would be an enjoyable read – it’s certainly quite amusing. The book is meant to be an irreverent and lighthearted guide so if you’re looking for something more serious and in-depth then this is not the book for you.

Having spent considerable time in Italy I could equate with many of the author’s comments. I was a little disappointed though because I couldn’t help feeling that the book should have had a lot more content. This is a shame particularly since it is clear that the author spent many years in Italy and has an in-depth knowledge of being there and mixing with Italians on a day-to-day basis. I just don’t feel that he has done himself justice. I was left thinking that this was a great idea and could have been a great book if the content was better developed.

The book is only 45 pages long and took me about 30 minutes to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 July 2014
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So funny
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very short but very funny 16 Feb 2014
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... unlike most Italians. This book really does give a tiny glimpse into the conundrum that is understanding the Italian mentality. Of course, being written by an Englishman means it is droll and occasionally self-effacing, but it shows the extreme affection with which the writer holds all things Italian close to his heart. Anybody who has experienced Italians in their natural setting will understand and appreciate this humorous hour's reading.
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2.0 out of 5 stars brief 12 Aug 2013
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What there is of it is quite amusing but the whole enterprise has the feel of being thrown together. I could have written more on italians and I've never lived there. If I go on any further this review will be longer than the book.
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