The Last Italian: Portrait of a People

William Murray, Author, Jan Morris, Introduction by Prentice Hall $21.95 (254p) ISBN 978-0-13-508227-0
Eschewing the romanticism of many guidebooks, Murray, the New Yorker 's Rome correspondent, views his mother's native land with affection tempered by awareness of Italia's foibles. He argues that despite a rise in pollution, traffic congestion, crime and drug abuse--due to the transformation of Italy in the last decades from an agricultural to an industrial society--the people's irreverent, resourceful, witty character remains largely unchanged. A Roman restaurant owner's pride in the quality of his fare is matched by that of Fiat empire builder Gianni Agnelli, and it is echoed overseas by the ``last Italian,'' an elderly member of San Francisco's Italian community. Murray also evokes the jubilation of thousands of Venetians who circle the lagoon in an armada of small craft in a daylong celebration of their city. (June)
Reviewed on: 07/29/1991
Release date: 08/01/1991
Paperback - 272 pages - 978-0-671-77999-3
Show other formats
FORMATS
Discover what to read next
TIP SHEET
MORE BOOKS YOU'D LIKE
X
X