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This review is from: Thin Paths: Journeys in and around an Italian Mountain Village (Paperback)
Interesting book to read as we holiday there now and again, as my nephew and his wife own the house next door to Ida and Armondo who are as the book says the most wonderful people. I found myself wondering around the mountains (in the book) recognising some things and not knowing others. I how realise,why they are so self sufficient, not throwing anything away, independent to a fault. How they survived during hard times, but their world continued on as always. It was, in a sense, a basic story - how they village lived day by day, how they coped with all the day to day things as well as being left to survive, with the war etc. Then in there day to day lives now, nothing much has changed. Ida and Armando still sit at the side of the house and chat with friends who call round to see them. The vines still grow along with the vegetables and flowers, the goats and the sheep still roam and now there is a new donkey in the field below that makes lots of noise.
I wish to go back soon, and maybe do some of the walks but I know that I will never describe it the way Julia has done.