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Desiring Italy: Women Writers Celebrate the Passions of a Country and Culture

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Under the spell of la dolce vita . . .

For centuries Italy has been many things to many people. In this brilliant anthology and traveler's companion, twenty-eight first-rate women writers reveal why the land that is the heart and soul of European civilization is so seductive to women.

Kate Simon walks us through a Siena filled with surprises and luminous beauty. Elizabeth Sp
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 15th 1997 by Ballantine Books
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Teresa
Dec 12, 2013 Teresa rated it really liked it
(Written August, 2009) I read the Rome and Naples sections on the plane on the way to Italy and enjoyed them. Wharton's "Roman Fever" was, of course, excellent. The essays by Eleanor Clark on Rome's fountains and by Elizabeth Bowen on its churches and piazzas I used as a sort of guide book once we started exploring. I would have missed out on some wonderful things if I hadn't read these essays, and certain sections of each piece rang in my head as I followed in the authors' footsteps. I went ...more
Danie Cutter
Nov 07, 2011 Danie Cutter rated it really liked it
A great selection of stories, papers, anything written in fact. I started reading this before my month in Italy and was rather focussed on the "tourist notes", something completely changed as upon my return I found myself far more engrossed by the actual excerpts than the extras. Maybe this is because the majority of writings despite some being over 100 years old are so easily recognisable in today's Italy.

I was slightly disappointed with the focus on Northern Italy as my heart so belongs to th
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Heather
Sep 19, 2007 Heather rated it liked it
Desiring Italy is a collection of excerpts by women writers over the last century or so. It is introduced as a collection of stories by women writers who loved Italy, whether they called it home or not.

Some of the pieces are beautiful. Some are a little dry, or atleast I found them so. The only thing I really didn’t like about this book was that several of the pieces are not about Italy so much as simply set in Italy.

Still, the writing was wonderful and there were several pieces by well known wr
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k8beeZ
Sep 07, 2010 k8beeZ rated it it was amazing
If you liked the Italy chapters of Eat, Pray, Love...then you gotta check this out!
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