An Italian Education

An Italian Education Tim Parks first bestseller Italian Neighbors chronicled his initiation into Italian society and cultural life Reviewers everywhere hailed it as a bravissimo performance Now he turns to his children

  • Title: An Italian Education
  • Author: Tim Parks
  • ISBN: 9780380727605
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tim Parks first bestseller, Italian Neighbors, chronicled his initiation into Italian society and cultural life Reviewers everywhere hailed it as a bravissimo performance Now he turns to his children born and bred in Italy and their milieu in a small village near Verona With the splendid eye for detail, character, and intrigue that has brought him acclaim as aTim Parks first bestseller, Italian Neighbors, chronicled his initiation into Italian society and cultural life Reviewers everywhere hailed it as a bravissimo performance Now he turns to his children born and bred in Italy and their milieu in a small village near Verona With the splendid eye for detail, character, and intrigue that has brought him acclaim as a novelist, he creates a fascinating portrait of Italian family life, at school, at home, in church, and in the countryside This panoramic journey winds up with a deliciously seductive evocation of an Italian beach holiday that epitomizes everything that is quintessentially Italian Here is an insider s Italy, re created by one of the most gifted writers of his generation Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

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    1. Italian lullabies, like "Ninna Nonna, Ninna O / Questo bimbo, a chi lo do?" Nap my gramma, nap OH, This baby, to whom shall I give? Or Italian recipes, rather imaginative ones (111). Wonderful on Italian contradictions: the assumption that all workers are shiftless, whereas all thieves are most efficient, competent. Then, public speaking, always read off cards or prompters: no merit here to speaking or thinking on one's feet. However great Italians perform in private, they plod in public. Proudl [...]

    2. When Parks is at his best you'll be truly whisked into his hot, hilarious, frustrating, delicious, lost in translation Italian world. Following on from his Italian Neighbors, here he covers parenthood as he and his wife raise two kids, Michele and Stefi, in a town near Verona. As in the previous book we get lots of sketches of village life, flora, fauna and other characters like his new neighbors, the insurance salesman and his in-laws. There's also a fair amount of pointing out Italian foibles [...]

    3. An absolutely phenomenal portrayal of Italian lifestyle, mentality and society. As an Italian who has lived in the U.K for over 6 years now, I have laughed and reflected on everything Tim Parks raises in this collection of essays, which I have dipped in and out of during these busy months. I have also thoroughly enjoyed his out-take and literal translation of Italian nursery rhymes, proverbs, and swear words; in light of recent global events, seeing yourself through the eyes of a foreigner is a [...]

    4. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but will say two thingsI had already read the author's previous book, Italian Neighbours. which he and his italian wife buy a flat in a village, and come up against/ make friends with a cast of characters who I instantly I fell in love with. And right at the beginning of this book he talks about childhood experiences of visiting the seaside in Blackpool, which happens to be my home town; so as far as I am concerned Tim Parks can do no wrong!In this volume the Park [...]

    5. I read this in lieu of Italian Neighbors (a book club pick), which my library does not have. Inexpicably, they did have this book, which is the sequel. I expected a travelogue, along the lines of "A Year in Provence". This book was much better. It is the 7 year story of an Englishman and his Italian wife raising their children in Italy. It involves the education of Tim Parks in all ways Italian, as well as the education of his two children, Michele and Sofi. It was like being a fly on the wall o [...]

    6. This book was an interesting and enjoyable read, although there is an undertone of smug criticism of Italy and Italians throughout the book-- a bit odd since the author is married to an Italian and has lived in Italy for a decade or two. I guess he's a bit like a teenage boy with a big crush that he can't quite seem to admit to, so he criticizes his beloved instead. At any rate, if you are interested in reading a reasonable and well-written (if a little self-indulgent) account of what it is like [...]

    7. Very enjoyable book by Tim Parks about what it's like to raise children in Italy. Parks paints a vibrant picture of Italian life in all its mundanity and glory, contrasting it at times to his own childhood in England. I've already ordered his other two books about living in Italy. I very much enjoyed his voice.

    8. I Love, Love, Love, Love, Love this book! I enjoy the way the author describes the people he encounters and the culture he experiences! I catch myself laughing out loud in recognition of a situation or understanding of a particular situation in a far away land, or just at the situation itself.Tim Parks, otherwise known as Meester Teem, takes the reader on the journey of raising children in Italy, asks of himself "when do children become Italian" while evaluating the socialization of his own chil [...]

    9. Don't bother. Park's first book offered charming insights to Italian culture. This tome blithers on about family and neighbors. Nothing new here except a few days at school and the recent history of fascism unable to lay its weary head. His children are both Italian and British. So what?

    10. This book was pleasant as a pastry. Tim Parks has such a dry sense of humor, and a profound insight into the Italian psyche. A delightful account of raising children in Italy. Funny, fascinating, and charming!

    11. If you have lived in Italyis book will ring true and perhaps give words to phenomena you have observed but, like UFOs, could not explain. Parks’ insights and experiences are written in an approachable and often amusing manner. Great to pair with his prior book, “ Italian Neighbors.”

    12. This is the third book I've read about Parks' experiences of life in Italy. He set out to examine Italian culture through the process of raising children, to examine how culture is transmitted so his children emerge as Italian rather than British, or perhaps a creative combination of both. As a mother with an adult child, this brought back to me the universal joys and struggles of child rearing, wherever you happen to be. "It takes a village to raise a child" and everyone in that village is read [...]

    13. I am always fascinated to learn about education in other countries, and this book goes one step further by talking not only about what's intentionally taught in Italian schools, but what's unintentionally taught through the culture.This was a good read, long, but Tim Parks is a captivating story teller. This book is for adult audiences. Nothing too awful, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 16 or so. There was a bit of swearing and the attitudes were pretty lenient towards under-age drin [...]

    14. What a terrible book! I've previously read Italian Neighbours and A Season with Verona and actually enjoyed both books. Thus I was looking forward to reading An Italian Education; what a disappointment! I got about 75% of the book read, from 50% I'd just been skimming through the chapters - who cares about Tim's son learning to fish? For that matter, who cares about the 100th anniversary of his kid's primary school. This book looks like Tim was just re-hashing an old formula to try and make a f [...]

    15. Even better than the first one. I think Parks hits it spot on when it comes to the Italian parenting style. Some really really funny parts and I love reading anything about Italian families. That being said, there were several chapters I didn't care for. It was too long and it just needed to be edited more carefully. I also found it rather depressing! Even though Parks wanted his 2 kids (growing up in Italy) to understand and participate in Italian culture, it seemed to me that all his ideas on [...]

    16. There wasn't much to this book. Nothing that really captured the heart or imagination. Just a rambling series of stories that barely hang together.I think what bothers me the most about this book is the attitude the author has toward Italy. He looks down on the people and the culture and I see very little love of the place. I guess I have to wonder if you feel so negatively about the place why the hell do you write about it. If you are so smug about Italy, move back to England and sit in your gr [...]

    17. Tim Parks is a hilarious writer and this book is no exception. A tale of his two small children growing up near Verona, Park's memoirs of an Anglo Saxon Dad at loose in Italy are at once funny and profound. Writing with incurable wit of family life, summer vacations, school systems, and fishing expeditions, Parks discovers through the adventures of his children the outrageous differences between life in his native England and his chosen Italy.

    18. Okay, but not as good as his first memoir, Italian Neighbors. This book focuses around the raising of his 2 children in Italy, rather than the overall culture and experience of Italy that he covers in the previous book. Perhaps I wasn't as into this book because:1 - I am not really interested in ever having kids. And this book kind of emphasized that interest.2 - The descriptions of raising your children "the Italian way" seems to just result in them being incredibly spoiled brats.

    19. This is the second book on life in Italy by Parks and explores the daunting task of raising children in Italy, from an Englishman's transplanted perspective. Again, he exhibits wit and uncanny observations, I just didn't identify as much with this plotline as much as his other book. It is still an interesting look into The Way Things Work sometimes in Italy, with regards to child-rearing and all the things that go along with that.

    20. Net als Italiaanse buren een must-read als je naar Italie gaat. Heel veel herkenbare kleine dingen die je vakantie net wat leuker maken de kokosnootverkoper op het strand met z'n toeter en z'n 'coco-coco!', dat je na het eten zeker een uur het water niet in mag omdat je dan zeker zal verdrinken, om nog maar te zwijgen van zwemmen bij een vochtige dag je zult er ziek van worden! Grappig volk die italianen

    21. The sequel to Italian Neighbors, An Italian Education describes raising Italian family in Montecchio. Through this charming account, Parks explores the life of a quintessential Italian through the lens of a British expatriate who struggles and delights in parenthood in a different culture and country. The challenges and rewards of bringing up intrepid Michele and lady Stefi provide a tome of fodder for this wholesome and funny book. Highly recommended!

    22. The two stars are genuinely for "it was ok" not "I didn't like it." Often insightful, but I feel like the author's sense of humor hasn't aged well at all, and it feels very dated for a book that I believe came out in the 90s. The author often seems to fall into the common trap of mistaking nastiness for wit.

    23. A somewhat cynical follow-up to the wonderful Italian Neighbors, this loosely linked series of essays on living as a foreigner in Italian society has its moments, but too much of the writing and insight seems forced and trite. I'm a Tim Parks fan, and I'm glad I read it, but your mileage may vary.

    24. One of my favorite writers on life in Italy, Parks offers more insight and perspective than the run-of-the-mill travelogue written by an overzealous, sentimental fish out of water who can only perceive the culture from a tourist's arm's length while drunk on Chianti and steeped in olive oil and cliche.

    25. This is the first book I read by Tim Parks and got me hooked on him, both for his non-fiction about life in Italy, and his novels, which are well-crafted, at times quirky, adult-themed (although not graphic). One of the best. He also translates Italian authors's works into English, e.g. Italo Calvino.

    26. As an Italian born in the 80s I've found this book quite accurate.It got boring after the first half because the plot is basically non-existing. A non-Italian would still find it fun and enjoyable, though, thanks to the author's unique point of view on one of the most complicated cultures to decode (to Italians themselves!).

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