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The Last Supper by Rachel Cusk
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Nov 21, 10

bookshelves: non-fiction, travel-lit, read-2010
Read from November 18 to 21, 2010

First travel-lit book about Italy that I found bland and joyless. Ironic considering it describes the author's "quixotic" journey to discover beauty. It certainly can't be found in her writing. This is a personal story - even though she brings her two daughters and her husband along, they remain nameless and faceless. Two sections - A Game of Tennis and GianFranco's Store were terrific because they described some local characters and added some colour to the story. I took offence to her unabashed snobbery describing tourists visiting Italy. How could an author discovering the world make such horrible generalizations about people?
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