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Falling Palace

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Falling Palace, by Dan Hofstadter
This was a quick read that I very much enjoyed. Like Adam Gopnik in Paris to the Moon, Hofstadter is an American journalist who moves overseas. Unlike Gopnik, he is single and half in love with a Neopolitan. This book focuses more on the place (Naples) and its inhabitants, and it has an interesting side story in Benedetta, Hofstadter's lover.
It still didn't convince me to spend any time in Naples, though.

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