Claire's Reviews > Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr
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May 16, 2011

really liked it
Read from May 11 to 15, 2011

It wasn't until Anthony Doerr's sons were about 17 months old that he had his first 15 minute conversation with his wife whilst the twins were both awake (apart from when they had a babysitter). Although I haven't got twins I could painfully identify with the sleep deprivation, the relentless babyness, and of course, the (occasional) joy. If you don't much care for other people's children you might struggle to appreciate the pleasure of first words, first steps and first whole night sleep. However, it isn't only about babies; Rome and Italians get a look in too. But since Anthony and his wife don't travel much when they get to Rome, and no great disasters befall them, the book is simply a series of very beautiful observations on children and the city. Oh, and Anthony does rather love the word roiling.

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