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on 13 April 2017
Extremely well-written and engaging. I bought the book because we are shortly going on holiday to the Puglia and staying quite near Andrano. "Some local colour (this is a non-fiction book), a few tips and a love story to boot. What could be better?" Well ─ it's not quite like that. Daniela, the heroine, must indeed be a stunner because the greater part of this book contrasts Italian ways with Anglo-Saxon equivalents. Whether the subject is driving manners, nightmarish bureaucracy, love of animals ─ you name it, Chris has a hard time persuading himself that there are enough upsides to the Italian way of life to compensate for the general awfulness.
And that is why I have only given this book 4 stars ─ to a considerable extent it has made me fearful of what we may encounter. It's an excellent book but I wish I hadn't read it before we went; and I shall certainly not show it to my wife till afterwards!
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on 31 March 2013
This is a great little book. There seem to be hundreds of books published about people moving to a foreign country, and recounting their experiences in a 'aren't foreign countries funny' way. Some are amusing, some are interesting, many are boring and repetitive. This one is one of the best I have read.
This is explained mainly by the fact that the author goes to Italy to follow a girl he hardly knows, so not only is he discovering a new country, he is also discovering a new partner. This adds much the the story, and makes it more interesting - as much for him, I suspect, as for us.
I cannot speak for the accuracy of his portrayal of southern Italy - there seems to be some disagreement amongst reviewers here - but it does make for a good read.
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on 2 August 2017
I enjoyed this book. Touching descriptions of Daniels's dad. First time I had read about the heel of Italy and would quite like to visit, though it has put me off Milan!,
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on 28 August 2017
This well-written book evokes images of Southern Italy, and Apulia/Puglia specifically, It is written in such a delightful way. Lovely read.
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on 8 June 2017
Excellent book. Southern Italy as is. Wonderful pictures in the mind, both of the country, and the characters.
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on 25 August 2014
This is an exceptionally well written book; very amusing and interesting. It is about the author's love for a beautiful Italian woman and his subsequent move to southern Italy. All his trials and tribulations are covered in laugh-out-loud fashion. I enjoyed this book so much I have recommended it to all my Italophile friends and even read it twice myself.
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on 13 September 2017
An interesting and insightful look at life in Southern Italy with a love story thrown in for good measure.
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on 14 July 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - and will read it again very soon. It is well written and confirmed many of my thoughts about the Italians - having spent interesting and very enjoyable holidays there. Loved it!
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on 28 July 2017
A true reflection on what we (stranieri) have to deal with when living and breathing "la dolce vita"
Fatti bravi Arrisons
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on 2 August 2017
Very funny, well written, with nice descriptions of the area.
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