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"A clever, entertaining book...charged with a sense of purpose" (Sunday Times)

"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)

"Tough, funny and sceptical" (Tatler)

Présentation de l'éditeur

"Am I giving the impression that I don't like the Veneto? It's not true. I love it. 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 book is the story of his love affair with it. Infused with an objective passion, he unpicks the idiosyncrasies and nuances of Italian culture with wit and affection. Italian Neighbours is travel writing at its best.

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HASH(0x9215f570) étoiles sur 5 Proprio cosi! 7 août 2005
Par Ms. Erin D. Buttermore - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Sheer brilliance! Tim Parks has an utterly realistic outlook on the romantic ideal of settling in Italy as a foreigner. He clearly loves the country he has chosen as his home, but remains exasperated by its bureaucracy and its peculiar cultural quirks. This non-fictional tale reads like a novel. It is full of dark humour, cynicism and a touch of the epicure.

I was sent this book as I struggled through a year's study in Italy, wondering what on earth had made me go there. The insights offered by Tim Parks allowed me to accept my Italian experience for what it was, 'a package deal.'

My copy is battered, underlined in places and thoroughly appreciated. My Italian friends hate it, mostly because it is so accurate.

I am very disappointed to see it is now out of print. It should be required reading for anyone who is going to Italy!
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HASH(0x9215f5c4) étoiles sur 5 The dream of so many, not only to remain home, but to have their children and grand-children remain home, too. 15 octobre 2014
Par Paying Guest - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
A birthday gift of my Milanese daughter in 1992, I read Parks with avid appreciation. Ironic intersection of English and Italian culture: for instance, the class of Italians who want to know foreigners, "They feel they have ideas bigger than the narrow mentality of the people around them"(74). But unlike in England, where such people would want to go to a city like Manchester or London, Italians feel it may be even worse in Rome.
"They look to the fairness and openmindedness of the efficient nations further north. Extraordinarily, they believe Britain to be such a nation."
Or the delicious conflict between a local, generous greengrocer and the village priest, who announces, "Something smells rotten in here." The grocer, "Maybe the carogna [rot] of the last person to walk in."
Or the women dressed in Sunday best (furs) out of church into the bar/restaurant: "There is a parade feeling about it all. From one institution to another: the host, the briosche" (131).
His Italian Education, three years later, is in some ways more profoundly and historically revealing.
In it I learned about the Freshman Compsition I taught for 38 years, which was always under pressure to address national issues. During Viet Nam, the war, during the nineties, another war. Turns out, during WWII, Italian students' papers were judged on how well they praised Mussolini.
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HASH(0x9215f9fc) étoiles sur 5 A great introduction to Italian culture 30 novembre 2013
Par Deb Jury - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I'm so glad that I found this author. Funny, insightful and interesting, I found this book a really good introduction to Italian culture and lifestyle.
HASH(0x9215f9e4) étoiles sur 5 LIVING AMONG ITALIANS WHEN YOU'RE NOT ITALIAN 24 novembre 2015
Par Gary Edgar - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In a familiar style to his other books on Italian life, Tim Parks presents a delightfully easy read that exposes the mundane realities of day-to-day living among Italians when you're not Italian. No grand backstory, no blighted love affair or dream turned sour, Parks delivers a refreshingly simple perspective, exploring the peculiarities of the locals, delving into the labyrinthine workings of Italian bureaucracy and the complexities of neighborhood politics. Like any book by Tim Parks on Italian life, this is well worth the read and if it's your first by him, you'll very likely want to check out his others.
HASH(0x9215fdb0) étoiles sur 5 Give us more, Tim Parks! 16 juillet 2016
Par jackie B. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Most enjoyable book! Makes the reader feel like he/she knows the characters...so true to anyone familiar with the Italian nature! Well written, casual reading. I have lent it to my favorite readers!
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