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- ASIN : B00THMCCN0
- Publisher : Grove Press; Reprint edition (January 7, 2015)
- Publication date : January 7, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 752 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 260 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #514,405 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First ask yourself, “why is this author describing his experiences in the second person, with every sentence addressed to a certain “you” who is supposedly experiencing the local bars and rituals of a small italian town?”
Well, most psychologists would tell you that when a person speaks of themselves or their experiences in the second or third person , it is a way of emotionally distancing themselves.
For example, if a baseball pitcher says “if you don’t have your best stuff, you get shelled” after a bad game, its because he is not owning his own performance.
So, I guess Mr. Parks is trying to distance himself from his experiences.
Which seems to me, the worst way to go about writing about them.
A few years ago I read his book about the italian rail system.
I found tgat book to be pedantic, boring in its heavy reliance on uninteresting details,
And condescending towards a culture in a way that only the british can do really brilliantly.
I picked up this book in the hopes that a book about “neighbors” would somehow be more entertaining and insighful than a book about trains.
I was wrong.
For his next book, I think Mr. Parks should write
“Places you will go where you will be able to look down on everybody”
"...despite all the disillusionment, a very profound, heartfelt satisfaction with the way things are and a determination that they should remain so. I plump for it because it has the hallmark of that profound schizophrenia, which is also the charm, of all matters Italian: the Pope adored and ignored, the law admired and flouted, politicians despised and reelected. The gulf between officialdom's façade and private thought that façade is always supported. Nothing changes. Italy, one sometimes things, is as if frozen in the high noon of its postwar prosperity."
This NY Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year lives up to its billing.
Top reviews from other countries
I give it to all my friends who have had any contact within Italy. I've read it myself three times, and still get a good laugh at some of the chapters. Such as the local priest's attitude toward the selling of condoms at the local farmacia...or the right time to pick grapes, even in the early hours of the morning. It's a good read. Hilarious and spot on observations, beautifully written.