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Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio Paperback – Ringle, September 30, 2008
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Lakhous cleverly creates twelve unique voices as each person tells "the truth according to...", alternating these separate voices with "wails" from Amadeo as he comments on what the residents say. Amedeo, who speaks Italian like a native, provides a running commentary on Roman life, pointing up the contrasts between what people say to other Italians and what they say and do about their immigrant neighbors behind their backs.Read more ›
The other minor problem I have with the book is the ending, in which the first person recollections of the main character veer off into the abstract. Perhaps this is intentional and inspired by Italian cinema artists such as Fellini, but as with a Fellini movie it had me scratching my head and asking myself “what the heck just really happened”?
For readers in the United States, a nation of immigrants with many well-documented struggles over the centuries, it is enlightening to read of the immigration challenges of another nation. The north versus south differences within Italy described by Lakhous also have obvious parallels with the U.S. The immigrant story is a universal one, and Lakhous does a masterful job showing how differences in belief systems and cultural values, compounded by communication problems, produce conflict. The question of assimilation versus maintaining one’s cultural heritage in a new land is also explored and yet not answered by the author. As a result “Clash of Civilizations” would be a fine choice for a book group to debate.Read more ›
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