Marcus of Umbria: Book Review and Giveaway
I really enjoyed reading this book. I mean, I enjoyed it so much that I read it twice.
I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. I’m always excited at the idea of an Italian memoir (or any book with an Italian theme) but most times I’m disappointed. This book, however, does more than just encompass all things Italian – travel, food, family, and love. This book takes things further and really focuses on the author’s experiences, her journey, her mistakes, and her discoveries. It becomes more than the author’s observations of a foreign lifestyle, but also how she fits (or doesn’t fit) into it.
This book is cleverly written and I love that it doesn’t sugar coat life in Italy like so many other books. Don’t get me wrong, Italy is a beautiful place with a beautiful culture but even the most beautiful things have their not so pleasing side. The honesty in this book is both comforting and refreshing. Her description of this small village at times reminded me so much of my own village. It had me laughing out loud at the silly similarities that those of us who have spent time in a small Italian village could really understand and relate to.
I think this book is a must read for all Italophiles and I am so pleased to have the opportunity to share this wonderful book with my readers.
If you are interested in reading this gem, here’s what you need to do:
It’s really simple, just leave a comment on this post (don’t forget to include your e-mail address) by 12:00am (Italy time) Sunday, March 13, 2011 with the answer to this question:
Have you ever thought about running away to Italy? Where would you go and why?
The winner will be selected randomly and contacted on Monday, March 14th via e-mail.