An Italian Affair: A True Story of Life, Love and Travel Paperback – 2 May 2002
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book was a bit yellowed, but didn't pay much so mustn't complain.
Also delivery was a bit slow, so overall was a little disappointed.
The only thing that's Italian, to me, is the word in the title. I was surprised to find out how many clichés on Italians were collected in only one book. Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2006
This book is the perfect read to take on holiday. I enjoyed the evocative locations in Italy and descriptions of delicious food. Buy this book if your "love" all things italian.Published on 27 Jan. 2004 by L. Barrow
A very enjoyable read. Just right to take you away from grey British skies. You can almost see, smell and touch all the wonderful things the author describes. Read morePublished on 30 July 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org