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The Villa Diana: Travels Through Post-war Italy (Revival) Paperback – 2 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (2 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840246677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840246674
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Full of wit, drama, entertainment and fascinating insights from an author with a keen eye . .. is still as fresh and accurate today. Highly recommended." "Italian" magazine"

"Engagingly written; an enchanting view of Italy from the Villa Diana." "Publishing News""

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'highly readable... affectionate memories of the warm-hearted life that makes Italy so well loved by outsiders.'
The Tablet, 27 September '08

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For anyone reading about Italy this volume paints a series of short pen pictures which bring the life of Post War Italy brilliantly to life. The author was a very high quality correspondent and this shows through in his thorough understanding of the country in which he was residing. This should be considered an essential read for any Italophile.
One small item of note for anyone wedded to the British pound and old enough to remember Lsd - we Brits pinched the abbreviation from Italian!(Lire Soldi Denari)
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After the Second World War Alan Moorehead, Australian born historian of the river Nile and war correspondent in the Mediterranean, returned to sunny Italy to describe to old hands of the Eighth Army, V and XIII Corps - Lady Astor's D Day Dodgers, and younger faces what life was like, and how it was treating for the gay (meaning merry) natives in the immediate after War years.

Seven of the eight chapters -which first appeared in the New Yorker and Contact, focus on areas where English speakers would visit: Portofino (North West) and Venice (North East) in the North, Florence and Siena in the Chianti region of Tuscany, Cassino and Rome in the Centre, and Sicily in the very deep South or Mezzogiorno; the eighth and last is very different, a more serious biography of Agnolo Ambrogini (born 1454), better known as Poliziano, a celebrated former owner of the five hundred year old Villa Bruscoli, renamed Villa Diana, brilliantly situated mid-way down the hilly slope to Fiesole, where the author was residing together with his wife, his group of local domestics, his animals, as well as the ghosts of the past, and dreams and hopes for a better future.

For War veterans then, and their families now, the most valuable essay was on Cassino, the infamous town and Benedictine monastery, 1500m high above on the mount, wiped out - a useless act of barbaric vandalism, by the RAF in February 1944, the fourth time in its long history, showing the ongoing reconstruction. As in previous epochs the religious site was rebuilt on the basis of "where it was and as it was", whereas the town flourished "somewhere else and entirely different".
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For anyone who knows Italy well or would like to know more about post-war Italy, this book will be of great interest. It's a collection of short stories mainly about Alan Moorehead's experiences in Italy and written around 1948. It's not one of the author's best books by any means but it is well written and an enjoyable read nonetheless. It tends to be a mixture of styles including both Moorehead's personal experiences in Italy and his resumé of historical anecdotes, where he is at his best.
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Travel with the author through post-war Italy and experience through his eyes the effect the war had on the area. Very good read.
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