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The Italians: A Full-Length Portrait Featuring Their Manners and Morals

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In this consummate portrait of the Italian people, bestselling author, publisher, journalist, and politician Luigi Barzini delves deeply into the ... Show synopsis

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upstartag

clean & concise

by upstartag on Nov 12, 2009

Nice book with a clear, concise and non-judgemental view of Italy. There are many books on Italy, unfortunately, a lot of these are written by foreigners whose well-meaning observations are usually pretty extreme (either mundane or spectacular) and often the product of some Summer holiday spent in Tuscany. A lot of his observations remain true and accurate. It takes a good long time for national character to change and a lot of what Barzini described still peeps out from behind modern day Italy. I think that the best way to read this book is not so much with a grain of salt, but rather with a large glass of water (or better yet wine) in order to dilute the author's conclusions a little. To be fair, I DO have some reservations about this book. The main problem is that, having been written in 1964 the text is somewhat dated. But the issues he writes about when looked at as a whole and not dissedted are classic and long-standing. If you're of italian descent (or interested in it) get the book.

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