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Monday, January 08, 2007

Ciao, America by Beppe Severgnini


I am definitely on a travel memoirs kick. This time, instead of reading about Americans elsewhere, I read about Italians in America. Severgnini is an Italian author who spent a year living in Washington DC in the '90s. The book was milder than I expected. I had read that it was hysterically funny (it was amusing) and that it trashed American culture (pu-leeze...Americans are so self-centered, we need to get over ourselves). It's an entertaining look at American life (good and bad, but I never got the impression he was out to bash Americans). What was really interesting was his postscript...5 years later Severgnini returned to the US and found Americans more jaded and irritated. Kinda sad.

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In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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