Beguiling, infuriating, intoxicating: this is what Italy is really like, written by someone who has lived it from the inside while still being able to write about it from the outside. Ever wondered what it would be like to wake up every morning surrounded by a cast of Roman characters straight out of Fellini? To fall in love with not one Italian, but many, again and again? Sari Gilbert is the ultimate insider-outsider, a journalist who knows what's really going on and has a wonderful ability to describe what it looks like, smells like, feels like, to live like a Roman. As good on Italian food as on Italian politics and politicians, this is the book to take with you if you're going to be on holiday in Italy, thinking about a holiday in Italy, or just dreaming about it.
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A very personal book about Italy, by and about an American journalist who has lived in Rome for 40 years. At times very intimate, with detailed accounts of her sex and love life, at others coldly analytical in discussing the positive and negative aspects of one of the major European countries. Its charm and beauty, but also its tragic inability to change for the better. And often extremely funny. Sari Gilbert does not pull any punches, and the wonderful thing about this book is that you can never imagine what the next paragraph will bring you. I got the feeling that Gilbert wrote exactly what she felt like writing, warts-and-all, with no concession to what her readers might have expected or wanted to read, and no effort to present herself in a flattering light.
Recently I finished reading "My Home Sweet Rome" by Sari Gilbert. It was terrific, a really engrossing read, hard to put down! I was caught up in Sari's life as an American journalist living in Italy -- from her explanations of the intricacies of Italian politics to the bureaucratic hassles of day-to-day existence, the wonderful food and her interesting personal experiences with Italian men. She approaches what to stateside Americans would probably be annoying and disconcerting situations with grace, humor and whimsy. I highly recommend this book.
The American born journalist author has lived and worked most of her life in Rome and knows Italy like the back of her hand. She has woven a fascinating portrait. The country, its people - neighbours, colleagues, the mighty and the rest. Not forgetting a lifelong devotion to in depth study of Italian men, morals and manners ...! There is no aspect of italian life that she has not described, analysed, and decrypted with affection humour and lucidity. If you want to know what Italian life is like from the inside you should read her book !