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Travels with George: A Memoir Through the Italy of My Childhood

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In her travels with her young son, George, Olga Vannucci strolls and hikes through the landscapes of her Italian childhood, in five separate trips, visiting cherished people and places and describing them with joy and amusement. The writing is warm and refreshing, and the experiences vivid and touching -- you will want to come along. The author, born in Italy and living in ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published April 6th 2012 by Ligurian Sea Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Travels With George: A Memoir Through the Italy of My Childhood by Olga Vannucci is broken up into five sections, one for each of her trips to Italy. Each section is then divided into chapters of varying lengths, like little vignettes. Some are several pages long, others only a few paragraphs. The book is written in present tense, as if the trips are happening in real time. It's a nice way of reading about her travels. She hits many of the major cities - Florence, Rome, Venice, and Milan, for ex ...more
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Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked reading about Olga's travels with her son. It's always calming to read about people reliving their childhoods, and seeing things that are both the same and different from the past to the present.

Olga is a very good writer. I enjoyed her simplistic manner of describing her surroundings, with her son, and the way she wrote about the people of Italy - both her family and the people whom she met while traveling with her son.

I found that when she wrote about her family, you could sense the de
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is more a series of small travel vignettes than a coherent story. The author relates her experiences traveling in her native Italy visiting family with her young son who doesn't speak Italian. I think the stories in the book show a lot of promise for being worked into a book with a more traditional structure, because the characters and the countryside are clearly so dear to the author. But as written I found the book tedious at times and didn't finish it.
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was charming and warm. It pulls you into the day-to-day, sometimes frustrating and sometimes uplifting, quality of traveling, with often funny and always sharply rendered anecdotes and family vignettes. It's also a travel diary that carries you with the author to the places she and her son visit. Highly recommended!
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading it one would definitely want to start packing and book a long-term trip through Italy. It is more than simple travel writing, as it follows the journey of the author and her son back home in Italy, revisiting places from childhood and rediscovering people and their stories. It explores the sense of belonging and the different meanings we assign to the idea of 'home'.
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a great read, enjoyed every minute. Wanted to get on a plane to Italy right away. Very conversational - felt like the author was telling me the story directly. I would definitely recommend this if you've ever been to Italy or want to go and understand some of the culture before you arrive. The points of view from a child's perspective are priceless!

Maud Kalborg
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book makes you want to go to Italy and experience the very same things the author portrays in her book. It is interesting, intelligent and fun. Would certainly recommend it.
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Olga Vannucci was born in Italy, lived in Brazil, and came to the U.S. to attend college. She lives in rural New Jersey with her beloved son, George. She is working on her third book, Travels With Myself, which is turning out to be a book about getting past reliving your childhood, and starting instead to look to the future.

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