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The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy Hardcover – 5 Feb 2009

3.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; 1st thus edition (5 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571242561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571242566
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 813,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Cusk is a natural and gifted writer from whom dazzling descriptions, analyses, metaphors and similies gush forth in rich profusion ... delightful and perceptive.' --Daily Telegraph

'Praise be for novelist Rachel Cusk, who brings to her three-month sojourn in Italy a characteristic strangeness and charm.' --Observer

'This memoir, like Cusk's fiction, has real edge and distinction ... an elegant and even beautiful book.' --Evening Standard

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'Praise be for novelist Rachel Cusk, who brings to her three-month sojourn in Italy a characteristic strangeness and charm.'

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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after hearing it read as Book of the Week on Radio 4. I was very disappointed because what was read had been heavily edited and was a pleasant tour of Italian art. The actual text however was prissy, wordy and self indulgent. I am sorry I bought it
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Format: Paperback
This book is perhaps the most pretentious pile of twaddle I have ever read. Not only did this book make me angry, it made me laugh at the narrow-mindedness of a writer who decsribes ordinary people so condescendingly that she can only reveal her own limitations, thereby hanging herself with her own rope.
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By Potterywhizz VINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2009
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No step of the journey is left untouched.An over-egged pudding indeed. Be prepared for the pretentious descriptions to start on the ferry. The author is also relentlessly snobbish, claiming that humble tourists who arrive on coaches can't possibly understand art -of course only a precious few can afford to pull up sticks and children and go and live abroad for several months
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Format: Hardcover
What a disappointment.I was so looking forward to reading this book,I usually average 52 books a year of all genres and I can honestly say this ranks as one of the most boring wordy patronizing drivel I have come across in a long time.It was neither Travel nor Art but endless rambling of a pretentious self promoting bigot.
She stereotypes the tourists with a vengeance,the British men"with their pints of lager,their beefy red arms folded across their chests" and the middle aged women with "their rigid helmets of hair"
She obviously has a passion for Art and describes the works with perception and knowledge but bizarrely shows the paintings in black and white print form!!
In her philosophical mode she rambles on and on to the extent that half a page of print is given over to what it means to accept a return of serve in a tennis game.
The whole book was a mixture of events thoughts and rambles promoting her self indulgence and sneering snobbery.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thought the book incredibly well written but I have a very serious reservation. I have read THOUSANDS of books in my life and have never, ever experienced a book with the number of typos that this one has. I wonder if the hard copy is the same, or if it is just the Kindle version? Have I mistakenly been sent some kind of draft? I cannot believe this is a Faber publication. Utterly shocking; under other circumstances I would expect a refund - certainly no one paid for a copy editor!
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Format: Paperback
I really loved this book. Her writing is superb and reading it is like savouring a fine Montepulciano wine - one needs to concentrate, eyes closed and remembering the walks around Val d'Orcia. Thank you for the pleasure.
Dennis Gordge
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Rachel Cusk demonstrates a command of the English language which is unsurpassed. A lovely book not least, to me, because I have visited and loved the area in which she and her family stayed. Her descriptive powers paint pictures of delight
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Format: Paperback
The book is beautifully written. But despite being published by Faber & Faber the Kindle version has many words missing letters throughout, which a) ruins the reading and b) is inexcusable. It looks like they used a poor version of OCR to scan a hard copy to get an electronic version
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