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This review is from: An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town (Hardcover)
This book is a fine idea, but I don't think it reads terribly well. Many pages are devoted to medieval saints and relics, and although I understand that a background of the subject is necessary I found myself skipping through large chunks of text. Additionally, the modern day residents that he encounters don't come across as particularly likeable and the author portrays himself as some kind of foreign buffoon. The awkward stranger in a new land has been written about many times before, and often with a lot more succcess. Parts of the book were interesting and funny, and I like the premise, I just think it could have been done a little better.
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Initial post: Mar 30, 2012 6:58:40 AM PDT
Mr V says:
I agree totally with this review. The author is very good writer, technically, but the book turns out to be boring and the author, as stated, buffoonish. With this kind of subject matter I expected a lot more interesting read.
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