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Images and Shadows by Iris Origo
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Apr 10, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2012

I read this autobiography right after rereading Origo's masterpiece, "War in Val d'Orcia." Not quite on that level, but an interesting life beautifully rendered. If you're in a hurry, skip through the chapters on ancestors to her childhood among the arty English colony in Florence during World War I. The character sketches of that crowd are worth the price of admission. Iris fell in love with Italy (and an Italian marchese) and never left, even in the darkest days of WWII.

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