La Bella Figura: An Insider's Guide to the Italian Mind Paperback – 1 Aug 2007
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"* 'A keen observer of human nature, he watches his compatriots with amused insight... Laugh-out-loud funny.' - International Herald and Tribune * 'A luscious disquisition on the Italian national character' - The Washington Post"
WATCHING THE ENGLISH for the Italians... an affectionate, witty guide to Italians at their most enchanting and infuriating --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Clearly, he has a fondness for his adoopted country (he lived in the UK for several years) and its citizens and you get the feeling that working on it was a labour of love. highly recommended
If you have had any experience of Italy, or read books by Tobias Jones, Tim Parks or Joe McGinniss etc. I would save your cash.
The author uses the book as an excuse in delivering elaborate rhetoric - in an impressive use of language (English). Rather like a rower with one oar this doesn't get us anywhere much...
To give an example... the fact that many Italians do not regard traffic signals with too much seriousness is worthy of much comment. Is there anyone with any interest in Italy that does not know this already?
Need I say more?
It is an attempt to demonstrate that the foreigner's image of Italy is very different from the real Italia of the natives. In a nutshell, "Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages such as hills in the sunset, olive groves and raven haired girls. Italia, on the other hand, is a maze. In Italia you go round and round in circles for years. Which, of course, is great fun."
Excellent start and intention: it is much more than pizza, Mafia, corruption of public administration, Berlusconi and his bunga bunga parties, and of over paid football and film stars clad in Armani, Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana, as featured in the columns of world press.
Though focusing on certain key tourist hot spots since the past Grand Tours of the rich: Milan, Florence and Tuscany, Rome, and Naples, Severgnini's ten chapter day tome is not a traditional tourist guide.Read more ›
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I did not leave my summer reading to chance. I actually went to a bricks-and-mortar bookstore to pick out this little book, much like I’d done a few years ago when I struck gold... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Athan
Took this on holiday with me to Italy. He certainly sums up the Italians but not as light a read as I wanted on holiday.Published on 16 Oct. 2013 by alison munro
it's on the ball and rings true.
A good introduction to Italian ways and quite amusing for those already familiar.
I have yet to read it as I have other books on the go. Look forward to reading it as my daughter has an Italian partner and they have just given us our first Italian grandchild.Published on 9 April 2013 by BK
Good perspicatious read that showed all the pleasurable but also irritating aspects of the Italian character.
Easily read id bed.
Having read "the dark of Italy" this book is totally different. It doesn't go into depth about Italy's history but it gives you an insight into Italian way of life. Read morePublished on 23 May 2012 by Paolo
AN INSIGHT TO THE ITALIAN PSYCHE, EXPLAINS MUCH ABOUT THE GAP BETWEEN NORTHERN EUROPEAN THINKING AND THE UNIQUE ITALIAN TAKE ON LIFE.EASILY READ BUT PROFOUND.Published on 16 July 2011 by Mr. Robert P. Green
What we have here is a book that lacks discipline and a strong editor. There are some good points, but they are lost in a cacophony of words. Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2011 by Sully