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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant!, 4 Dec. 2004
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This review is from: The Dark Heart of Italy: Travels Through Time and Space Across Italy (Paperback)
This book must be revealing to the British, but it is an absolute eye-opener for an Italian living in the United Kingdom, like me. It gives a description of Italy free of the prejudices we Italians have on ourselves, it does not take anything for granted, and manages to make fun of some of our most ingrained habits. It made me laugh out loud for most of the first chapter, then it made me think, then it got me depressed and angry. The attitudes he describes, towards bureaucracy, towards political power, towards dishonesty, are exactly what compelled me to leave the country (finally) 5 years ago. A must-read for those who want to understand modern Italy, and for expatriate Italians as well - as a vaccine against excessive homesickness
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Initial post: 27 Jun 2008 09:14:09 BDT
I totally agree with Eugenio: I had the same experience reading the book. It really was an eyeopener: what have I been thinking all the time I was in Italy?!? Surely it reminded me why I came to the UK three years ago.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2012 16:56:56 BDT
Amen. What a brave, thoughtful review.
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