Reviews and Blog Posts: Italy

Heresy

by S. J. Parris

Reviewer Rating:
3

An engaging historical thriller. I thought the drama was a bit over the top, at times, but an enjoyable read, nonetheless. I'm not much for thrillers in general, but the historical aspect definitely drew me in. This novel follows heretical priest, Giordano Bruno, as he flees the inquisition in Italy...

The shoemaker's wife : a novel

by Adriana Trigiani

Reviewer Rating:
3
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I loved the images from Italy, and from the early days, but the story lost its luster, and arc in minnesota. Her early writing shines so much, by the end I wasn't sure what the takeaway was, or maybe in a way it is masterfully written, because I do have...

The monster of Florence a true story

by Douglas J Preston

Reviewer Rating:
3

SPOILER ALERT!

Just one evil act

by Elizabeth George

Reviewer Rating:
3
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I admire Elizabeth George for being so committed to character development and plot detail, but this book would have been more enjoyable to me had it been more closely edited. I also feel it does a disservice to Barbara Havers, who has become by far the most interesting character in the series. Havers...

On the noodle road : from Beijing to Rome, with love and pasta

by Jen Lin-Liu

Reviewer Rating:
4

An enjoyable journey from China to Italy, with many stops in between, to look at food history and traditions. The author's original goal was to try to figure out if noodles had really come to Italy from China or vice versa, or something in between. Of course, food, culture, and...

Far flung places : the photography of Barbara Sparks

by Barbara Sparks

Reviewer Rating:
5

A compilation of black and white photographs by Barbara Sparks that were part of an exhibition at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, it includes pictures from Nepal, Turkey, Italy, Taos, and our own backyard here in Colorado.  The photos are exquisite and the background information is enlightening.  I especially...

Io sono l'amore!

I've always wanted to visit Italy, but never more than after watching Luca Guadagnino's "I Am Love." Everything from the beautiful scenery to the food to the clothing was striking. I felt like I was peeking into an aspect of the country I would probably never experience: the posh lifestyle of a family steeped in old money and culture.

At the core of this film is the story of the Recchi family, a wealthy bunch whose successful textile business is about to be handed down from the patriarch to both his son and grandson. As he puts it, "It will take two men to replace me." Oh Grandpa, your self-importance will do you no good after you pass! Because against his dying wishes the company is sold to someone outside of the family and the tight knit group begins to fray. It is hard not to see this unraveling as punishment for a life of entitlement, but I don't think it is Guadagnino's intent to comment on this at all.

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