But like any place that's become home I hate it too."How does an Englishman cope when he moves to Italy - not the tourist idyll but the real Italy? When Tim Parks first moved to Verona he found it irresistible and infuriating in equal measure;
This is a clever, entertaining book, rare in travel literature, it is charged with a sense of purpose.
Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks moved permanently to Italy in 1980. Author of novels, non-fiction and essays, he has won the Somerset Maugham, Betty Trask and Llewellyn Rhys awards, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.His works include Destiny, Europa, Dreams of Rivers and Seas and the 'Italian series'- Italian Neighbours, An Italian Education and A Season with Verona.
Tough, funny and sceptical Tatler Gradually he comes to accept what the locals take for granted: everybody likes the Pope, racism thrives, the barber is a faith healer, the bank manager asks what interest rate you want to pay and the devoted church-going pharmacist upholds Catholicism on a Sunday but shows commercial flair the rest of the week by selling cut-price condoms... A rich treat from start to finish Sunday Express A clever, entertaining book...charged with a sense of purpose Sunday Times
Instead of travelling through Italy, Parks settled into it. He writes of the 'luminous, breathless heat' of an Italian summer's evening, and watches as ten-year-old bones are dug up to make more room in the cemetery. He learns not to request a cappuccino after 10.30am and that, as a new father, his first duty is to pin a blue or pink rosette on his house in a prominent position so that people will learn the good news. (Kirkus UK)
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