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I am an Italian,
This review is from: The Dark Heart of Italy: Travels Through Time and Space Across Italy (Hardcover)
I am an Italian and I live in London with my English husband.
When people find out I am Italian they tell me of how wonderful my country is and how strange I want to live in gray England. I always say Italy is beautiful, but I wouldn't live there as it's full of Italians. It is hard to quickly explain to people why I think this, so it's very helpful for me to read and recommend books like Tobias Jones' and Tim Parks'. These authors have a first hand experience of Italy and offer detachment and perspective in their reports and analysis.
All Italians will tell you Italy is a mess (un casino). They will not tell you why - as they'd have to explain 2000 years of history first - so they will divert the conversation to all the "unquestionably" beautiful things of the country: food, art, scenery, sun etc... Most Italian have no encompassing grasp of the last 30 years' history. Tobias Jones helpfully summarizes all the connections between terrorism, politics, Communists, Fascists, Berlusconi - the protagonists of Italy after WW II, and family, church and language - the pillars of Italian culture.
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2009 21:56:22 BDT
Please don't forget Montanelli's and Travaglio's books.
Posted on 2 Jun 2010 14:57:48 BDT
I'm also Italian, and I also live in the UK. I always say the UK is great, but unfortunately is full of Italians like you.
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