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Ciao, America! by Beppe Severgnini
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Dec 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, travel, italian
Read in June, 2003

Translated by Giles Watson. A light-hearted look at American mores and foibles from an Italian journalist. He finds himself amazed by the efficiency of American bureaucracy and telephones, encouraged by shop clerks’ smiling helpfulness, and bemused by such American institutions as the pancake house, political correctness, and love of pointless gadgetry.

It’s not exactly hilarious stuff, but it’s intelligent and informed, and Severgnini obviously has a lot of affection for the New World, despite our very real penchant for leaving air conditioning at frigid levels. He’s a literate, bilingual journalist, yet he looks on with amusement and understanding at even our appalling informal spelling (“C U L8R,” “E-Z-Brite”). We can’t ask for a more sympathetic observer.

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