Italian Ways

Italian Ways

On and Off the Rails From Milan to Palermo

Book - 2013
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An Italian travelogue describes the trains that traverse the country, from the architecture of old train stations to the new high-speed railways, and portrays the author's memorable encounters along the way.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393239324
Branch Call Number: 385.22094 P238i 2013
Characteristics: xvii, 261 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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Apr 17, 2014

Really enjoyed this book! Tim Parks makes brilliant and often hilarious observations about Italian culture based on his prolific train travel within Italy. Yes, Italy is beautiful and nobody loves it more than I do - but I have no problem with accepting the reality of this country along with the beauty. "Italian Ways" is not "Under the Tuscan Sun". It has a lot to say about the history, economic and political reality of Italy. Read this if you want to learn a little something as well as be entertained.

Jan 12, 2014

Terrible book. Too much whining about everything that seems to go wrong in Italy for this author and not enough discovery of the good things that also happen and appreciation of that total picture. Not recommended.

ChristchurchLib Aug 12, 2013

"Is touring Italy via its trains wonderful, terrible, or both? Find out in this humourous, eye-opening travelogue by English expat Tim Parks, who has lived in Italy since 1981. Riding all over the country, from top to toe and many places in between, he uses Italy's trains as a lens into Italian life, past and present. Describing the memorable people he encounters (many of whom hate the train system), he offers a historical look at the railroads (he rides in cars from pre-World War II and modern high-speed ones) and thoughtfully yet entertainingly ponders Italian society at large. Having raised a family in Italy and written three previous Italian travel books, Parks is an excellent and wryly insightful guide to his adopted country." August 2013 Armchair Travel newsletter


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