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Seasons in Basilicata: A Year in a Southern Italian Hill Village Paperback – Bargain Price, July 5, 2005
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I would recommend reading Carlo Levi's Christ Stopped at Eboli before reading Seasons in Basilicata. I would also recommend the film of the same title based on Levi's work.
The only small criticism I would make is that there could have been more careful editing. There are some instances of misuse of Italian words: such as using "padronale" as a noun--it is an adjective relating to a "padrone" or boss in all senses of the word. There was also an instance where he gives the equivalent of fifteen million lire as seventy-five-thousand dollars: it was actually less than ten-thousand dollars. But, considering the work as a whole, these are minor.
Thanks to David Yeadon for exposing this hidden corner of Italy. The reader will find a place far different from the Italy on the tourist trails--and he or she will be richer for it.
I did love the author's sketches of the Basilicata region. I wish he'd sketched more and written less, because I would have liked the book a great deal more. Basilicata is indeed a wonderful and under-rated region of Italy. It has much to offer; it's mysterious, beautiful, remote and unique. It's nice to see that publishers are interested in bringing out books that reveal the secrets of the "untouristed" Italy.Read more ›
Having read a number of travel books in the last year, I would rank this book in the top third. I like the fact that Yeadon spent almost an entire year in this one little town; in some books (like "Under the Tuscan Sun"), the author makes twice-yearly visits to an area -- I don't think it's possible to really capture the "flavor" of a place under these circumstances. Also, Yeadon has a good sense of humor, and there were many places in the book where I simply laughed out loud. While the food of the area was certainly described with relish, it wasn't overemphasized. Yeadon has lots to say about lots of things -- and I came away from the book with a much better understanding of the history, architecture, economy, and atmosphere of the area. Yeadon clearly has a gregarious, extroverted personality which shines through the pages -- he got to know a lot of natives on what seemed to be a more than superficial level. When Yeadon's year in Basilicata was over, the sense of poignancy and sadness at leaving was palpable.
Again- given the dearth of English writing (memoir or travel guide) on this region, I enjoyed the experiences through each season and what it means to live close to this land. I was able to certainly take a lot of notes on places I would like to see (and eat !). It was helpful to read about this region during the last 10 years.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have this book in hardcover and loved it so much that I got it for my Kindle. Basilicata is a fascinating area of Italy and David Yeadon has captured its uniqueness. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Chloe Erkenbrecher
I read this book 10 years ago and sense forgot about it. I recently remembered it and how much I enjoyed it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good book! Quite entertaining, but I guess it's only for those that have read and thoroughly enjoyed Carlo Levi's masterpiece, Christ Stopped at Eboli. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
A lovely book for those interested in southern Italy or in Carlo Levi's book. It has more emphasis on food that I'm able to appreciate, but anyway it's a good read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jan Sanelli
My grandparents come from two of the towns in this book. I just love reading about them.Published on August 15, 2014 by ntdlou
David Yeadon has created a nice book of memories of a year in a Southern Italian hill village in Basilicata, where he had many interesting experiences. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Lois Sabatino
Lovely hardcover book and I could barely stop reading it. Good enough to re read! Fascinating. It made me feel I was actually there and the sketches compound it...
While I did enjoy this book very much my disappointment with the book is totally outside the author's fault or perhaps anyone's fault except perhaps the book seller. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by rebelde
I had this book for a long time and have reread it often and purchased this copy for my son who also enjoys it. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Grandfather