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Amore [Format Kindle]

Roger Friedland

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Revue de presse

“This is a fascinating contrasting of the quality of life in the U.S. and that in Rome and what the difference may mean for the future of family life and national destiny.” (Booklist)

“Intelligent, thoughtful and well-researched, Friedland’s book is not only a love letter to Rome, but also to his daughters and the members of their generation, for whose personal happiness he fears.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“This fascinating cultural comparison will open readers’ eyes to the serious problems surrounding love and intimacy in the United States.” (Shelf Awareness)

Présentation de l'éditeur

As his twin daughters approached adolescence, sociologist Roger Friedland was worried. The thing that most bothered him was not the erotic heat of America’s youth culture, but the lovelessness of its sex. Offered the chance to live and teach in Rome, Roger and his wife, Debra, seized the opportunity to take their family to live in a city where love is alive, family bonds hold, divorce and rape are rare, and “ciao, bella” is a constant refrain.

In Amore, Friedland shares the stories of his family’s enchanted and unnerving passage into the heart of Rome, and considers its lessons for America, where love is at risk.

Amore is a love story, a father’s exploration of the ways of life and love in Rome, and what they have to teach us about the erosion of romance in America.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 7206 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 435 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0062325582
  • Editeur : Harper Perennial (4 novembre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Looking at Love Through Rome-Colored Glasses 23 août 2014
Par takingadayoff - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Amore is about a family who moved from California to Rome for two years as the two daughters transitioned to their teen years. Roger Friedland, the father, is a professor of sex and religion at UC Santa Barbara, a school which has a bit of a party reputation. He'd learned enough about the students' sex lives to be alarmed at the idea of his daughters becoming women in a hook-up atmosphere where even middle school kids are engaging in presidential sex acts. Having lived in Rome several times over the years, the Friedlands decide that Italy will be a healthier environment to learn about sex and love.

Friedland is a romantic and tends to see what he wants to see. Yes, the statistics show that rape is rare in Italy (throughout the book, Friedland uses "Rome" and "Italy" almost interchangeably - perhaps Rome really is representative of Italy as a whole) and that divorce is also rare. He acknowledges that couples in Rome who might divorce in America stay married in Italy and have affairs. He seems to think that's good for the children and maybe it is, but there are no statistics for that. He also admits that what we would consider sexual harrassment in America (unwanted touching, staring, crude comments) is commonplace in Italy, but that the women there seem to handle it with aplomb. Perhaps most annoyingly, he tries to blame feminism for the broken families in America. By going out to earn livings, women have destroyed the family unit and emasculated men. This seems willfully blind to the fact that it has been some decades now since a single income has been enough for most families to live comfortably.

He talks about the Catholic church and how it influences the Italians, about the financial slump that keeps Italian children from finding jobs and moving out of their parents' homes. He discusses his own parents and his and his wife's struggle to become parents. And from time to time he even talks about the daughters, ending with what seems almost an afterthought, that for one of them, it was not a romantic interlude at all or as the subtitle suggests, a Roman holiday. Quite the opposite.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Offensive on so many levels 5 octobre 2014
Par Carol T. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Faced with anxiety about the "coming of age" of his daughters in the modern social atmosphere of meaningless American hook ups, Roger, a father and professor of sex and religion, makes the decision to move his family to Rome in order to avert the onslaught of sexual opportunities his daughters will face in their formative years.

Having lived in Rome previously, he sees the city as a barrier to the bad American environment and perhaps the girls can learn a thing or two about love and sex from the peoples who know best - the Italians.

I have to admit that Roger annoyed me quite a bit as I'm not one of those people who think Europe is superior to all things American. Having spent a good amount of time in Italy, personally, I can say the atmosphere feels more promiscuous and the problem of adultery in Italy is comparable to no other country. It's rampant. But Roger thinks dishonesty and cheating and the sexual harassment women face on a daily basis in Italy is a better example for his daughters. Italy is still very much a man's world and to me, Roger's decision to force his girls to live in that kind of environment comes off as patriarchal and oppressive. He wants to teach his daughters to accept male dominance with style and he also feels that it's women's faults for destroying the traditional male-dominated family system by becoming independent and joining the workforce (amongst other things). So he's also not a big fan of feminism either. To be even more offensive, he uses Catholicism to suggest a certain level of piety exists in Italy and not in America. Or that it's used to keep people in line, as he seems to think it should be.

Roger is a bit of a jerk. But that's just me.

I'm just not a fan of this book. What else can I say?
8 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 To Rome: A Love Letter On Steroids . . . . 31 août 2014
Par SundayAtDusk - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This memoir/travel book sounded so interesting. But, in the beginning of the book, the way Roger Friedland kept going on and on about Rome made me wonder: Is he going to keep on like this? Well, yes and no. He does change the subject to other things, such as his family, but that, too, would go on and on. For example, he and his wife had infertility problems, so there is a long detailed account of the matter in the book, much like the long, detailed articles one reads in women's magazines. Oh, and don't get the author started about the sexual mores of today's youth. Once again, he just goes on and on and on about the topic. He obviously doesn't know when to stop talking about anything or anyone. It's too much information too much of the time. Thus, instead of feeling enlightened or charmed by the end of the book, I had extremely negative feelings about Rome, Santa Barbara, teenagers, college kids, Roger Friedland and his family. Moreover, I can't imagine at all this book helping to reverse "love's erosion in America", or helping to increase tourism in Rome.
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tantalizing and thoughtful observations on Roman culture, especially with regard to sex 27 août 2014
Par Afia - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book, and entertaining especially for Americans. It doesn't easily fit into a genre. It might be travel literature. Or a biography.

Here's what I like so much about this book:

* Examination of Roman culture through American eyes. Emphasis is on what is different, especially regarding intimate expressions.

* Historical perspective of the culture in Rome. Friedland did his homework. He only uses historical information to help explain phenomena, especially of a sexual nature.

* If you're going to get a book that discusses sex in a really mature way, here it is.

* Gives particulars on matters related to money. For example, explains how Romans do not pass money hand to hand but instead put it down on a counter for the other to pick up. That's just one example, each example leading to a sophisticated discussion on culture.

* Explains why Romans don't simply obey laws the way people do in many countries. There are different rules that are followed.

* Lots of attention to incidences noticed regarding the type of flirtation that can get one into legal trouble in the U.S. Author was present and noted many such incidences and examined how this can be.

* Details about his daughters viewpoints and experiences within the culture. This is a kind of experiment in real time. Lots of wow for the readers.

* Finally toward end of book, looks at American culture from Roman culture persecutive. Oh no, our culture doesn't seem so sincere and fun. I recognized this. We, our culture, could have more fun if we lightened up a bit. If we wanted to.

Amore pulled me through by tantalizing me with salacious topics. But it made me think deeply about the things that really matter.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Three, maybe four books in one 3 novembre 2014
Par Rushmore - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book starts out as a travel book, segues into a memoir, and ends up as some pretty hard-core sociological commentary. It is a wild ride.

Roger Friedland is teaching in Rome for two years, having moved his wife and twin daughters from Santa Barbara, CA, where he taught college classes in human sexuality. On the surface he wants to study Roman attitudes on love and sex, versus California/America's. His adolescent daughters provide plenty of motivation for this study. However, being a cultural sociologist, his motives are every bit as academic as personal.

For the first 30 pages or so, this book made me really, really want to go to Rome RIGHT NOW. Friedland's writing was quite lyrical and affectionate about his temporary home. Then he told the story of the birth of his daughters Sarah and Hannah after years of fertility struggles, and my heart went out to him. The last roughly 2/3 of the book deals with Italians vs. Americans on love and sex, and honestly it spiraled downward for me.

I believe that you can always find a study somewhere that supports whatever point you are trying to make, and Friedland has found lots of them - studies, articles, as well as anecdotal evidence - to prove his thesis that Americans are more comfortable functioning in a sexual relationship without love, and love comes first for Italians and the sex just fits naturally. Of course that is a simplistic summary, but the stories just hammer it home. America has a hook-up culture. American couples avoid intimacy and fear hand-holding more than any other sign of affection. Italians love to flirt but they do it with respect. There are fewer divorces in Italy. There are more rapes in America. It got to be pretty exhausting, and I got pretty skeptical. And then it got really weird - gay-popes weird.

Roger Friedland is a good writer, and the first part of this book is great. If he weren't a scientist, if he were just a guy with two adolescent daughters in a foreign country, I think I would have liked the book a lot better. However, he is a scientist, he likes statistics and case studies, and he has gone for shock value or at least some very provocative subject matter to drive home his points. I am not buying his conclusions. Initially I was very excited about this book and planned to give it as a Christmas gift to my brother who has a lot in common with Roger Friedland. However, it would not be a good gift for someone with tween daughters, unless you wanted to frighten that person. Sorry, I can't recommend it.

Edited 11/13/14 to add: I have continued to think about this book after finishing it. I do feel that Roger Friedland's heart was in the right place, also that he seems to have a kind of breakthrough at the end. Maybe it was not the best thing for his family, and in particular his young daughters, to cast a clinical eye on the situation, to observe rather than act.

This book went wrong for me mostly in the area of the socio/cultural/religious commentary. His conclusions seem bolstered by possibly slanted research. When he writes about himself and his family, though, it's really first-rate as far as a memoir goes. I have added another star, and maybe will even give the book to my brother to draw his own conclusions.
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