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Essays about the British novelist's life in Verona continue to entertain as he describes Italian foibles. I was relieved that the adultery concerned friends whose marriage counselors were quite different from those in the UK. He thinks about Hegel as the children enjoy fighting in the back seat of the car in one memorable chapter.
Literate, thoughtful, but I personally found it really tedious in too many places, pedantic and dry, or obsessing over domestic mundane details without any interesting observations. Most of it blurred as soon as I put down the book. Some insightful observations on teaching and literary criticism. An extremely long essay on the experience of translation that made me start wondering if it was imitating the style of someone else. Misbehaving children and a supportive wife who somehow never come int ...more
Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. In 1981 he moved to Italy where he has lived ever since. He has written eleven novels including Europa, Destiny, Cleaver and, most recently, Dreams of Rivers and Seas, as well as three non-fiction accounts of life in northern Italy (most recently A Season with Verona), a collection of 'narrative' essays, ...moreMore about Tim Parks...