"Am I giving the impression that I don't like the Veneto? It's not true. I love it. But like any place that's become home I hate it too."
How does an Englishman cope when he moves to Italy - not the tourist idyll but the real Italy? When Tim Parks first moved to Verona he found it irresistible and infuriating in equal measure; this book is the story of his love affair with it. Infused with an objective passion, he unpicks the idiosyncrasies and nuances of Italian culture with wit and affection. Italian Neighbours is travel writing at its best.
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I've just discovered this fascinating, extraordinarily detailed and analytical account of what it was like to live in Italy in the 80s/90s. This is not the couthy account of a superficial traveller but clearly comes from a deeper understanding of the intricacies of the complexity of the Italian psyche. I love it and didn't want it to end but I now find that Tim Parks has written not one but two further books of a similar ilk. Fantastic! My summer will be idyllic.