The Seasons of Rome: A Journal



Delving Into The Daily Life Of A City That Is In So Many Ways Larger Than Life, Paul Hofmann Steers Us Beyond The Tourist Board, Revealing A Fetish For Vatican Gossip, The Idiosyncrasies Of The Gattare Cat Women Who Care For The City S Stray Cats , And The Vagaries Of The Ever Volatile Roman Government As He Winds Through Rome S Ancient Streets, We Listen With Him To TheThe Seasons of Rome: A Journal

Paul Hofmann was an author, journalist, linguist, and political activist The New York Times, for whom he was a foreign correspondent, described him as fluent in German, Italian, French, and English, having a command of several other languages that wasthan passable, as well as a broad grasp of history and diplomatic affairs and an often playful curiosity.

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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • The Seasons of Rome: A Journal
  • Paul Hofmann
  • English
  • 12 April 2018
  • 0805055975

10 thoughts on “The Seasons of Rome: A Journal

  1. says:

    This is one of several travel books I have left on my tbr shelf I could read a steady diet of these for weeks but I d never get anything else read if I did that, so I allow myself one as a treat now and then.This one did something no other travel book has ever done for me it cured me of any desire to actually go to Rome I loved the format of the book it s written like a journal with dated entries, but I expected admittedly my mistake a kinder,charming look at life in one of the most This is one of several travel books I have left on my tbr shelf I could read a steady diet of these for weeks but I d never get anything else read if I did that, so I allow myself one as a treat now and then.This one did something no other travel book has ever done for me it cured me of any desire to actually go to Rome I loved the format of the book it s written like a journal with dated entries, but I expected admittedly my mistake a kinder,charming look at life in one of the most popular cities in the world.What I got was a lot of information about the constant political struggles, strikes, terrible traffic congestion, crime organized and otherwise , major public transit difficulties, air pollution, out of control soccer fans, housing problems and bureaucratic headaches that constitute life in Rome It sounds like a miserable place to live and even to visit All large cities have these problems to some extent, but most of the travel books I ve read try to infuse at least a little bit of romance into the the mental pictures they paint The author refers to Rome as the most beautiful city on earth but unfortunately this book made Rome seem like a dirty and unfriendly destination.The writing is good, it s the material that I found boring, maybe because it was so much fact and so little feeling There was no atmosphere, no sparkle I didn t even enjoy the section about the city s great hotels and I love hotels The last third of the book Ior less just scanned the pages to see if there was anything interesting and I was very glad to get to the end of it I hate saying that because I know it takes an enormous amount of commitment and hard work to produce any book and I feel guilty every time I have to say I didn t like one And to be fair, there are probably many people who would love The Seasons Of Rome , but darn it, it didn t appeal to me at all

  2. says:

    This was an interesting book on Italy by a man who s lived in Rome for decades This was a mucheducational read than a romantic one, but I loved the honest perspective about how crazy Rome can be to live in I love Rome I want to go back so badly, but theI read about it, theI realize that it s not a place i d ever want to settle down THe history is fascinating, and when I read books like this one, I learn so much about the politics and attitudes that exist in these places.

  3. says:

    Amusing vignettes of a year in a life in Rome Despite the frustrations, author has made Rome his home since WWII Teacher can t find work because there are not enough children in Italy Polytechnic graduate hides his degree to get a job, collecting garbage left by Romans and tourists Embassy staff notorious for not paying rent Noisy Vespas, whose name means wasp Facets of multicultural Rome Filipina nannies in demand, established Italian restaurant owned by Chinese immigrants staffed by Amusing vignettes of a year in a life in Rome Despite the frustrations, author has made Rome his home since WWII Teacher can t find work because there are not enough children in Italy Polytechnic graduate hides his degree to get a job, collecting garbage left by Romans and tourists Embassy staff notorious for not paying rent Noisy Vespas, whose name means wasp Facets of multicultural Rome Filipina nannies in demand, established Italian restaurant owned by Chinese immigrants staffed by Italian waiters, immigrant teens who speak romanesco, Piazza Vittorio neighborhood and market

  4. says:

    Well written, it makes me quite nostalgic for my time living in Rome He captures the essence of the Italian people and their way of life, and taps into the absurdities of their reality with great affection As someone who lived in Rome for a college semester, it opened my eyes to the inner workings of the city, and the thoughts of its residents Very informative and makes me understand why I could never figure out what time the banks are open

  5. says:

    I thought this book provided a great insight about life in Rome the crazy religious antics, the cat women, the different winds that blow into town, the sounds that emanate from people s apartments, how Italians are experts at arranging things, how Italians have rules for heated arguments I felt as if I were there.

  6. says:

    I enjoyed sections of this book, but some of it went into too much detail He wrote about one of the many years he lived in Rome and broke it out month by month Many of us don t do something interesting enough to write about each month, and Hofmann is no different I did enjoy his descriptions of the way Italians look at life and they way they handle problems.

  7. says:

    Love stories of Rome..and this one talked about the hotel I stayed in last time Aww

  8. says:

    914.56 A journal of a stay in Rome, including all kinds of interesting tidbits about life in Romeunresponsive government, nutty women taking care of wild cats, wonderful food, etc.

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