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An Italian Home - Settling by Lake Como [Kindle Edition]

Paul Wright
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Just what is it like for a foreigner to live and work in a northern Italian village, and become part of the community? How tough is it to leave your home country and settle in a new one? What do you have to do to be accepted by the people who live in a village that has existed for over five hundred years?
Award-winning artist and stage designer Paul Wright and his partner Nicola found out the hard way, working, playing, laughing, eating and drinking alongside the residents of a beautiful lakeside village.
Enjoy Paul’s dry Liverpudlian sense of humour as he conveys a vivid word picture of life beside the lake with their colourful and resourceful neighbours

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 381 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Earlswood Press (1 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MVNCZU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,510 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paul Wright is an award-winning English artist who specialises in large scale murals, Trompe l'Oeil painted furniture, contemporary oil paintings and watercolour landscapes.
In 1982, following a period spent designing theatre sets all over the UK, Paul started his own art studio in the county of Surrey just outside London where he specialised in hand painted interiors for private homes and commercial premises.
In 1991 Paul moved to northern Italy where he continues to work from his studio and art gallery base in the beautiful medieval village of Argegno on the shores of Lake Como, from where he travels to other European countries and to the USA. Paul's work has been featured in many art exhibitions in the UK and on two programmes for Italian Television, plus dozens of periodicals and newspapers worldwide notably, The Sunday Times, Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal and The Arts Review.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read and a good laugh. 10 Mar 2014
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My wife and I are long standing Italiaophiles and when I saw this book I new I had to read it, and was not disappointed.

It's an absolute must read written by an artist with a finely tuned eye. Paul Wright is a natural story teller and I hope there’s a film made or he writes a sequel so I can relive the experience of what it must be like to live in a medieval village on the shores of Lake Como.

‘An Italian Home’ is an impressive, honest and humorous account of what ‘living-the-life’ in Northern Italy is all about and it made me very envious I am unlikely to ever share it. Wright’s story is a diagnostic tale written by a man who has been an Italian resident for nearly a quarter of a century and it soon becomes obvious he knows his stuff.

In the past I have read travel writers who hardly ever ‘touch-the-surface’ mainly because they have never resided in the place or country they are trying to communicate, consequently their stories are generally unbelievable and without substance: But this is not the case with Wright’s profile because he tells his story with an extraordinary insight that includes laugh-out-loud-humour - and on two of those times I was on a train in Austria, so they brought me some quizzical stares from fellow passengers.

This is a narrative, non-fiction book that tells us what it is really like to live in Italy. It is not a sentimental journey into inane romance or the fantastical a lot of foreigners behold when they deliberate on Italy. Rather, I gained the impression that all the stories are true, and some of them were hard earned and there are many of them.

I thought it might be illustrated but it doesn’t need to be because the characters are portrayed so well they are visible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About ordinary folk and their daily lives 21 Sep 2013
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A good advert for the country and what can be achieved by perserverence especially learning the language.Well written
gives a good insight to the ordinary people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 8 Dec 2012
By Kay
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fabulous insight into life in Italy, being a lover of Italy it opened my eyes to the ways of Italians.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 20 Jan 2013
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Bit of a mixed bag. Enjoyed village life descriptions but there was a lack of depth. Lost interest when the writing turned to blocks of general Italian history , two different books in one neither completely satisfactory
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars art and wine 11 Jan 2013
By mariec - Published on Amazon.com
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This book relates the ups and downs of reclocating toa small village in Italy.paul dos`nt speak italian although his wife is fluent.Their attempts to adjust, learn the customs and everything about a new way of life, are some times bewildering, irritating and amusing.They eventually settle in, buy a car and become employed all within a year despite Italian bureaucy. A good read
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Italian village style living - worth a read!! 13 April 2013
By Margwb - Published on Amazon.com
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I skipped parts of the story as it became a bit repetitive but it does have a happy ending, I found the description of
village life very interesting and well documented.
I gave 3 stars as it was a reasonable interesting read, not a book that I couldn't put down. I have made notes
of the villages mentioned so we can visit when we go to this area of Italy.
I feel some illustrations by the artist/writer would have made the book more of a keepsake.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A transfixing tale 13 May 2013
By Jay Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the author was, am interested in moving abroad in-order to be able to live a more simpler life free from the rush of the 21st century, but to do so with a vitality of culture. The tales of just how this was accomplished and the warmth of the life they have attained leaves one with an ever more fervent desire to escape with a one way ticket in hand.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ah Italy 21 Aug 2013
By cdg - Published on Amazon.com
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Haven't finished this one. Not as good as some I have read about moving to Italy! By the way, is everyone doing that these days and then writing a book about it? Have been to Italy many times and do love it, can't beat the food, wine and country side! All great.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 27 Nov 2013
By AnneC - Published on Amazon.com
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Absolutely loved the trials and tribulations of this couple and thoroughly enjoyed their escapades. Great book if you're thinking of going to live in Italy..
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