Oct 28, 10
Read from August 20 to October 10, 2010
I loved the observations that Severgnini made of Americans and believe that, for the most part, he did a good job to keep from making gross generalizations. I read this book while in Italy and made for a great comparison/conversation point with Italians. Although the audience is clearly Italians, I did my fair share of laughing at how incredibly normal some of the sketches were.
I only have a few notes/complains. The first is with the translation. I didn't read the Italian version, but Giles Watson used some great "vocabulary" words I never heard before reading. Don't get me wrong, I love to learn new words, but the haughty diction didn't seem to go with the light content. Also, Severgnini gets lazy toward the end and then I don't think the final point he makes in the epilogue has much to do with the rest of the work. But if you can get over that like I did, it's a fun read.