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An Italian Affair: A True Story of Life, Love and Travel Paperback – 2 May 2002

3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New edition edition (2 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091884683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091884680
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,044,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A perfect holiday read guaranteed to sweep you off your feet.' -- OK!

'A wonderfully evocative and sexy read' -- Penny Vincenzi

'An enchanting book. Deliciously romantic.' -- The Times

'Sensual and uplifting.' -- Daily Mail

'restores your faith in the possibility of love as a source of generosity and joy' -- Daily Mail

About the Author

Laura Fraser is a respected freelance journalist and writer. She has taught journalism at the University of California. She lives and works in San Francisco but eats and dreams Italian.

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Format: Paperback
This is a semi-biographical account of a true love story. It follows Laura from the end of her marriage, through a difficult time of transition.
In Italy, she meets a Professor from France who is her nemesis. Their affair begins fast, like dry, driftwood being set alight, and she is swept along in an unexpected romance.
The meetings between the Professor and Laura are as erratic as their choices of city. She has feelings for him, that he does not fully respond to, and she tries not to cling to him, as she realises this is the case.
The story is full of beautiful Italian phrases and you immediately feel you want to pack your bag and travel around the world with them.
The ending is only the beginning. Read this - it will take a little snip from your heart .
A beautiful story.
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By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
Enticed by the cover and blurb I decided to give An Italian Affair a go. I was expecting it to be good fun but trashy. However I was, I'm pleased to say, proven wrong!
The novel is told entirely in the second person which at first really put me off. It was unusual and hard to get used to. When you do, and it only takes a few pages, it is a very effective means of story telling. The plot deals with a divorced women who finds hapiness in an affair with a married French professor. They meet in various exotic places, enjoying each other and the places.
The book is sprinkled with Italian phrases which, although I didn't understand, made it even more authentic and realistic. It also made me desperate to learn Italian!
The book, like the affair itself, was an experience of pure pleasure!
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Format: Paperback
The story is great, so is the setting, but somehow the author doesn't manage to make it interesting. The book leaves you empty, not the way great books do, but because it doesn't give you anything. It is simply a waste of time.
It's quite sad really, because it really could have been a fantastic book. the places you visit in the book are fantastic places, but the places are not described in a way, so that you feel it, smell it and taste the food in the way other authors do. The professor and Laura are such interesting charaters, however, you never get a grasp of their soul, drive and personality - especially not Laura. This might be because the author is afraid to expose herself. If she'd done it, the book would have been stunning.
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Format: Paperback
This Italian-centred love story is narrated in the second person and the present tense, so the word "you" features prominently. It must have been difficult to write in this bizarre narrative style, and it certainly leads to some clumsy sentence constructions, eg "You didn't do so well as it was, you tell him" (page 39) when what is meant is "I told him that I wasn't very successful in any case".

San Francisco-based Laura Fraser falls in love with an unnamed married French professor whilst travelling in Italy. This book is about their affair. After a while the descriptions of lingering meals under sunny skies get a bit monotonous, so it's almost a relief when both parties return to their normal lives. The affair continues, at a distance, with occasional meetings. I was naturally curious to find out how it all ended, so I kept reading. Thiose who enjoy a good romance and/or love Italy will enjoy this book.
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Format: Hardcover
The author truly captures and combines the beauty of the different forms of love and travel, set in a variety of exotic places. Visual, passionate & spiritually uplifting, this novel is irresistible and hopeful for those seeking love, hope & healing. Beautifully written.
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Format: Paperback
This book gives real hope of the possibility of having an exciting, fulfilling and fun relationship, without losing one's independence. I lent the book to my someone newly separated, and it inspired her to have an affair with her estranged husband. They're back together now! Happy endings
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