Monday, September 22, 2008

Lunedì Letterario

Four Seasons in Rome
On Twins, Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
by Anthony Doerr

from the author's website:
On the same day Anthony Doerr’s wife gave birth to newborn twins, Doerr learned he’d won the Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Four Seasons in Rome describes Doerr’s subsequent year in the eternal city, reading Pliny, visiting the piazzas, temples and churches of Rome, attending the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II, and raising twin babies. “To call this a travel book,” said Kirkus Reviews, “is to sell it short: it is delightful, funny and full of memorable scenes. Don’t leave for Rome without it.”

I enjoyed every page. There were many Doerr family experiences that I related to because they were similar to experiences I have had during during my first four seasons in Rome.

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