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Essential Reading List - Great Books About or Set in Italy

Essential Reading List - Great Books About or Set in Italy

Old Mar 24th, 2006, 05:26 PM
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Old Mar 24th, 2006, 07:55 PM
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Lindsey Davis has a great mystery series set in ancient Rome.
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Old Mar 25th, 2006, 02:16 PM
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Old Mar 26th, 2006, 04:29 PM
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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the biography of Girolamo Savonarola! Before, I had thought he was a crazy fanatic, now I am enthralled with this great man, and can't wait to go back to San Marco and visit his cell.

"A Crown of Fire" by Pierre Van Paassen
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Old May 22nd, 2006, 04:58 PM
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I have a wonderful recommendation for fiction set in Italy: CASA ROSSA by Francesca Marciano. It is the story of a beautiful villa in Southern Italy Puglia and the three generation women that called it home. Breathtaking and very, very engaging. I could not put this book down.
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Old Oct 19th, 2006, 07:04 PM
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Thoroughly enjoyed "A House in Sicily". I would recommend it to anyone.
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Old Apr 9th, 2007, 09:15 AM
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I had to top this one, as well. Read up everyone!
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Old Apr 17th, 2007, 10:01 AM
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I am currently reading "The Reluctant Tuscan" by Phil Doran. Very entertaining. It takes place in Montalpuciano.

Last Voyage of the Valentina by Santa Montefiore was also very entertaining.

I am also trying to read Vanilla Beans and Brodo but it is not as easy to read. Takes place in Montalcino.
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Old Apr 19th, 2007, 07:42 AM
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In tribute to Michael Dibdin, who died earlier this month, I offer up the suggestion of his series of Aurelio Zen novels set in Italy. My favourite: Ratking
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Old Apr 19th, 2007, 10:58 AM
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Highly recommend Eat, Pray, Love...cannot remember the author..it is a fun and fascinating read. A travelogue of Italy, India and Indonesia. The first part is in Italy with emphasis on the food, the second in an ashram in India and the third in Indonesis where the author finds love. Hence the title.
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Old Apr 21st, 2007, 09:09 AM
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Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love. Definitely an entertaining read but not really that much about Rome/Italy.

I would recommend that anyone reading this thread also check out another one that was started in 2001 and has recently been reactivated. The heading is "What Should I read before Going to Italy?" I (recently returned from a trip to Rome and still reading about Italy) am finding lots of good suggestions on it.
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Old Sep 19th, 2007, 06:13 PM
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an old thread that deserves to be at the top of the pile.

Dog_Mother....Grazie for a very excellent list.

I absolutely loved Marlena de Blasi's "A Thousand Days in Venice" ...utterly romantic. Her Tuscany book was delightful, but not as good as the first (is it ever?)

I also loved Brendt's "City of Falling Angels". Such a interesting story and style. Details mixed in with facts. Fabulous!

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Old May 7th, 2009, 10:07 AM
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TO DogMother who wrote >>Ripe for the Picking by Annie Hawes. I cannot find anything about this book anywhere. So I’m uncertain of the accuracy of the title/author/etc.<<

Actually, this book went to press under the title "Extra Virgin: A young woman discovers the Italian Riviera, where every month is enchanted". Amazingly entertaining, Annie and her sister went to Italy for a summer and ended up staying there to live. Absolutely great rec.
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I would like to add a sports slant to this list.
"The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro" by Joe Mcginniss. An American writer goes to a small town to follow a soccer team thru one season. Very well written and entertaining even if you don't like soccer.
"A Season with Verona" by Tim Parks English writer follows his adopted town of Verona's soccer team to all road games. Hilarious.

These descriptions sound similar but they are very different books. Enjoy
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Old May 8th, 2009, 02:31 AM
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I am not a huge sports fan but really enjoyed both the books mentioned by curveball2. Tim Parks' other books, Italian Neighbors and an Italian Education are also very good

My husband just found A Thousand Bells at Noon: A Roman's Guide to the Secrets and Pleasures of His Native City: Franco G. Romagnoli on a remainder table at our local bookstore, and I liked it a lot too
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Old May 8th, 2009, 07:24 AM
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"That Summer in Italy" by DeBlasi draws the reader into an enchanting tale. A fabulous read.

Keep your eyes out for Isabella Dusi's [Vanilla Beans and Brodo] expected new book
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There's a comprehensive list, sorted by regions, on www.ItalyInside.BlogSpot.com [movies too]
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Old May 8th, 2009, 07:49 AM
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Do you mean That Summer In Sicily? I enjoyed it too. A bit different than her other books, in that she is writing about someone else, not her and Fernando
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Old May 10th, 2009, 05:31 AM
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Oops, should read "Sicily" -- tanxs for telling me
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As I scrolled through this old thread, I realized that I had seen it before and contributed to it.

Here's what I wrote in 2004:

"There are many worthy suggestions here, but I am struck by the fact that the vast majority of books recommended are by non-Italian authors. I think that I can count on one hand the number of Italians suggested. Surely one of the best ways to learn about a country is to read its literature.

I'd be interested in hearing suggestions for books by modern Italian authors beyond those already cited (Eco, Lampedusa, Camilleri et al)."

In subsequent posts, little has changed. Can anyone recommend some modern Italian authors whose works are available in translation?
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Old Jan 24th, 2010, 07:44 PM
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I can't wait to read some of these before my March trip to Italy.

I don't think anyone mentioned this one:
Elizabeth Spencer's novella The Light in the Piazza. It will absolutely make you want to fall in love with Firenze...and cute Italian boys. If you ever get the chance to see the musical adaptation by Adam Guettel, DO IT. It is pure magic.
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