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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel to Italian Neighbours
An Italian Education is an excellent sequel to Italian Neighbours. The subject matter this time is Parks's young family. Parks's 2 children, who he writes about with great fondness, are his primary source of anecdotes and observations. The writer's daughter, Stefi, is the star character in this book. She is depicted as cute and full of pluck.
Like the first book,...
Published on 2 Dec. 2001

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1.0 out of 5 stars an everlasting vacation
an idyllic and dreamy fancy on the Italian people... Tim Park has been living in Italy for 45 years just if he were continuously on vacation ("ah! the cappuccinos!...ah. the sexy young Italian girls on the beaches of Pescara !") for 45 years... exploiting that people for the sake of his pleasure, while despising them in the innermost of his mind... and without...
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel to Italian Neighbours, 2 Dec. 2001
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This review is from: An Italian Education (Paperback)
An Italian Education is an excellent sequel to Italian Neighbours. The subject matter this time is Parks's young family. Parks's 2 children, who he writes about with great fondness, are his primary source of anecdotes and observations. The writer's daughter, Stefi, is the star character in this book. She is depicted as cute and full of pluck.
Like the first book, this book is funny and perceptive; and the writing is a treat. Parks is an accomplished story-teller and very skilful at writing about characters and situations. He has a rare ability to get to the essence of things with minimal fuss. As I am also a foreigner living in Italy, I could relate very strongly to the stories in this book and my understanding of Italy and the Italians has certainly been enhanced by Parks's sharp observations.
A most satisfying and enjoyable book indeed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Englishman abroad, 21 Oct. 2009
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There's a lot of over-sentimentalised books written about life in Italy, and this is far from being one of them. Having lived in Italy, I can say that Tim Parks' representations (of both Italians and his englishness) are accurate and humorously portrayed. He charts his children's education in Italy, seen from his english point of view, finishing with the Italian summer at the beach. It's funny and well-written insight into an Englishman and his family living in Italy. Read it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perceptive and funny, 29 Mar. 2011
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Tim Parks has written a highly readable and perceptive account of his life in Italy. Unlike many English authors who write about the country he does not display any sense of smugness and has no complex of superiority! In fact he has so much integrated into Italian society that one might as well say he is Italian by now! He grasps the nouances of life in Italy from the point of view of a normal person living there, not a traveler, not a tourist, not a scholar. He can even make fun of Italians without being offensive. He also appreciates much that most foreigners miss. While the book was written in the nineties pretty much everything he says is still very much true ten years on. An open window into contemporary Italy. Highly recommended.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read, 11 Oct. 2001
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In a very readable and delightful book, Tim Parks manages to capture to quintessential family life surrounding children growing up in Italy - trust me I was one of them !! Life at home, at school and at the summer seaside, are all affectionately captured by the author, as are the personal relationships with family, friends and neighbours. This is a book that everybody will enjoy, particularly touching and bringing back memories to those of us that grew up in Italy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent follow on!, 1 Sept. 2009
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Thiis is an excellent follow on from Italian Neighbours. Parks write with a great love not only of his children (naturally) growing up in italy but of italy itself, its quirks, and peculularities. He says at the books beginning that he felt there might be too many italian words in the book on the contary i found this helped to put the book into context and brought it alive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mildy amusing, 20 Feb. 2014
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Amusing book about expat in Italy but somewhat repetitive.Worth a read anyway.The fishing saga hilarious.Try his book about Italian railways
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5.0 out of 5 stars funny excellent read, 8 Feb. 2014
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excellent. funny informative about Italian life.
easy Italian colloquialisms to learn in an easy way.
Recommend for anyone who wants a light engrossing read
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read, 18 Sept. 2013
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as I am also living abroad, this is a timeless book. I recognize most of the silly mishaps like we have here. ll is true and sometimes hilareous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 16 Oct. 2013
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This is the second time I have read this book. It really does sum up Italian holiday resorts as the Italians see them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Dec. 2014
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Excellently written - almost makes you feel you are there.
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