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Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr
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Oct 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: travel, overseas-living
Recommended to Mike by: found it at randon at the store
Recommended for: those want to live in Rome for more than a few weeks
Read from October 05, 2011 to January 03, 2012 — I own a copy

This was a very interesting book...for those looking for a possible religious experience in one of the major centers of Roman Catholicism (Rome), this book is not it. This is the experience of a young family living a year in Rome after the author received a prestigious prize from the American Academy of the Arts so he could write there for a year.

What is interesting about this book is the author's experiences...two infants and his wife who don't know much Italian and how they get through the year. Yes he does talk of experiences going to different religious sites in Rome and about the late Pope John Paul II's death and funeral, and Pope Benedict XIV's subsequent election, but thats not front and center. There is a lot more to Rome (lots of references to Pliny) than the Vatican and all the churches there.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who might be heading to Rome for more than a sightseeing or pilgrimage, for those that might spend a few months or more studying or wants to live in Rome.


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10/05/2011 page 18
8.0% "An unexpected find...about an author and his young family and their year in Rome...as Rome is one of those places I want to visit someday, this is a good book to get a feel of the city through the author's eyes....looking forward to reading more of this book"
10/30/2011 page 40
18.0% "slow going but still intersting read none the less.."
12/13/2011 page 168
75.0% "The book is still holding my interest...a great book on living in Rome through the eyes of an American"

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