La Bella Figura: An Insider's Guide To The Italian Mind
Join the bestselling author of Ciao, America! on a lively tour of modern Italy that takes you behind the seductive face it puts on for visitors—la bella figura—and highlights its maddening, paradoxical true self
You won’t need luggage for this hypothetical and hilarious trip into the hearts and minds of Beppe Severgnini’s fellow Italians. In fact, Beppe would prefer if you
Through a combination of strange prose and incomprehensible tangents, Beppe gets me more lost about his vision of Italy than a twisty Roman street. I set out to read the book to try to understand the country I'm about to visit and was left almost not wanting to visit it at all.
There were a few helpful tips (i.e. don't cross t ...more
I think it’s about time I take a break from fiction don’t you? Now, I am going to have to come clean here, my family have owned a property in Italy for many years and I have been going out there for a long time before that too. So what would make me want to read a book about a place I am already in love with despite the quite clearly obvious reason that I am already in love with it?
Well the answer is simple really, it’s Italy ...more
Being an American completely in love with Italy (rolling amber hills, strong architecture, astounding artisitic genius), I found myself rethinking my view of this country. Now, my view is not shadowed, but it isn't idealistic either. I can now lo ...more
Ours is a sophisticated exhibitionism that has no need of an audience. Italians are psychologically self-sufficient. What's the problem? Well, we like nice gestures so much we prefer them to good behavior. Gestures gratify, but behaving takes an effort. Still, the sum of ten good...more
Leggendo i molti commenti negativi e legittimi dei lettori stranieri, suppongo il libro di Severgni ...more
I didn't read the whole book. I stopped reading it after finishing the first half of it.
And definitely I won't read it again...it is a waste of papers and time.
As people were saying, this is not a book that you want to read in order to "get the knowledge ...more
Turns out that books about countries like Greece, ...more
This is very cute, with the chapters organized as a "tour of Italy." Personally, I feel like I've read more skillful accounts of a country's national character, but come to think of it, those were usually written by non-natives. This book offers more of a description than any kind of an explanation.
I am amazed at customer loyalty to certain brands of pasta, peas, cookies, and canned tomatoes. Why? Conservatism, consolation, and television, the same co ...more
Me parece que el libro es de interés para los extranjeros que vivimos en Italia, no precisamente al momento de nuestra llegada ni como preparación previa al expatrio. Es para más tarde, cuando hemos vivido en carne propia la italianidad y más de una vez hemos quedado perplejos, situaciones para reir o llorar.
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