3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2014
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. If I could speak Italian I would love the opportunity to converse with them in one of the many bars, restaurants and village festivals they gather because they would undoubtedly embrace me with a glass of bianco sporco. Thereby allowing me to relish ‘living-the-life’ the way it is meant to be lived, at least for a few poignant moments.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2013
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