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See Naples: A Memoir of Love, Peace, and War in Italy
See Naples: A Memoir of Love, Peace, and War in Italy
by Douglas Allanbrook
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes disorganized, but brilliant overall, December 6, 1999
Here is an extremely talented memoirist who is particularily adept at giving us character sketches. As a civilian, this book gave me a realistic glimpse of what life as a soldier was like in WWII's European theater. I would rate this book second only to Norman Lewis' "Naples '44" if you want to get a feel for wartime Naples. That is saying a lot because Lewis is widely recognized as one of the greatest travel writers of the 20th century.


Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe
Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe
by Bill Bryson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.34
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16 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can anyone say...xenophobic?, December 6, 1999
From Bryson's descriptions of Swiss people as boring, to racist cracks about gypsies in Italy, I wonder why I am the only reviewer who felt annoyed. (Maybe he should read Isabel Fonseca's "Bury me Standing" and learn a little about the culture of gypsies. Sure they can be annoying, but you'd have to be a stupid schlep to get pick-pocketed as easily as he did) This is one uptight American that I wouldn't want to travel with. This is a great book for people who like to travel to foreign countries to rip on other peoples' cultures. A colossal bore.


The Liars' Club: A Memoir
The Liars' Club: A Memoir
by Mary Karr
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ON THE SAME LEVEL AS "SPEAK, MEMORY", October 14, 1999
Not since I read Nabokov's "Speak, Memory" have I been so moved by a memoir. Karr should be recognized as one of the most intelligent authors of the late 20th Century. A must-have book for memoir enthusiasts. Truly engaging!


Florence in the Age of Dante (Centers of Civilization)
Florence in the Age of Dante (Centers of Civilization)
by Paul G. Ruggiers
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A shame it is out of print-�an absolutely invaluable source, September 22, 1999
This is a must-have companion book to any serious student of Dante, the Italian Renaissance, or Italy in general.


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