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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. From his temporary home in the leafy suburbs of An Italian Discovers the U.S. by [Severgnini, Beppe] . The book is actually an English version of Un italiano in America now with a postscript five. : An Italian in America (): Beppe Severgnini: Books. Un Italiano in America (Italian Edition) Paperback. out of 5 stars 4. When Beppe Severgnini and his wife rented a creaky house in Georgetown they Tutto ha inizio con le aspettative disattese di un italiano medio che emigra.

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Written in the s with a itakiano chapter on what he found five years later on a return visit, the book is an observation on how America lives, I found this in the travel section of my library. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Although the audience is clearly Italians, I did my fair share of laughing at how incredibly normal some of the sketches were.

Though a lot of the author’s observations were spot-on, some of them left me going “Huh? Severgnini talks a lot about the culture of that time.

Ciao, America!: An Italian Discovers the U.S. by Beppe Severgnini

Excellent read, if you can handle having our great country’s lesser points highlighted at times. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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The more I’ve traveled, the more I’ve realized we’re all human and we’re all basically the same yeah, yeah, nothing new This book is fun to read if you’ve just come back from Italy and people are asking you “what’s different over there? The account of Severgnini’s year-long stint in the U. The book is light and episodic. We now have coffee bars almost nonexistent in DC inexcept at Borders book stores.

It’s all the little things you’d never think of, and you almost don’t even notice them because sometimes they’re quite subtle.

Each chapter represents a month. Beppe si not making fun of Americans as much um highlighting how differences can not only be enriching, but funny altogether.

This happy italiani allows for some good compare and contrast. Beppe shows differences from how Italians view things fear of air conditioning for Italians and love of it by Americans but always with respect.

Un italiano in America : Beppe Severgnini :

But I cannot visit Washington D. It’s not a great book, but it’s relatively endearing and I think I liked it. I guess that’s only two shallow reasons. Not Enabled Screen Reader: You like it because it’s illegal.

They know that Thirty-fourth Street is populated by cowards, and that no one is ever going to come out to complain. Giuseppe “Beppe” Severgnini born December 26, is an Italian journalist, writer and columnist. Anyone who puts glass in a black bag it should go in the blue ones, along with plastic and aluminumor paper in the white bags its proper place is in the green boxesis immediately disqualified.


May 27, Sonja rated it it was ok.

Unfortunately, I think Bill Bryson did a far better job of it. Editorial Reviews Language Notes Text: I was reminded of I’m A Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson, which is an awesome book and provided lots of laughs and witty observations about American culture from an outsider. So fascinating to see America through the eyes of a foreigner living here.

Otaliano a microonde, scotch, televisione, lampadina e pc vi dicono qualcosa?

Ciao, America!: An Italian Discovers the U.S.

But for now, if wanting to fathom the basics of life in Italy makes me an American control freak, so be it. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Read more Read less. It’s been criticized for being dated – it describes in Georgetown, Washington, D. I often look up words I don’t know the meaning of but I didn’t bother this time, thinking i’ll never see these words again. The chapters are vignettes, now dated. But if you can get over that like I did, it’s a fun read.