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Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the… (2007 original; edició 2008)

de Anthony Doerr (Autor)

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From the author of the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning #1 New York Times bestseller All the Light We Cannot See, a "dazzling" (Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran) memoir about art and adventures in Rome. Anthony Doerr has received many awards--from the New York Public Library, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Library Association. Then came the Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and with it a stipend and a writing studio in Rome for a year. Doerr learned of the award the day he and his wife returned from the hospital with newborn twins. Exquisitely observed, Four Seasons in Rome describes Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats -- the chroniclers of Rome who came before him--and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighborhood, whose clamor of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself. This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood, and a fascinating story of a writer's craft--the process by which he transforms what he sees and experiences into sentences.… (més)
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Títol:Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
Autors:Anthony Doerr (Autor)
Informació:Scribner (2008), Edition: Reprint, 224 pages
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Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World de Anthony Doerr (2007)

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I liked this very much, it was sort of a stream of consciousness about everything the author was thinking for a whole year in Rome. We lived in the Netherlands for a year with very small children (youngest 19 months when we arrived there) so I felt like I understood where the author was coming from. Although I've read about Rome in non-fiction books, I'm kinda lost on much of the part about the particulars about the fountains but I still found it very interesting. I felt like it was all very accurate and loved the descriptive language. ( )
  WiseOwlFactory | Feb 20, 2022 |
Though well-written on site reporting, book can be Exhausting to read. ( )
  m.belljackson | Apr 18, 2021 |
Lovely book, exquisite writing. I was surprised by how little human interaction he seemed to have. At one point they had a party expecting 30 people and I wondered where the Doerrs found all the folks to invite. He barely mentioned them in the book. He seemed very isolated. Perhaps he chose to leave that part out of the story. Wonderful descriptions and interesting inner thoughts and insights into the writing process. Thank you Marilyn for moving this to the top of my stack! ( )
  njcur | Feb 26, 2021 |
Sometimes you read the right book in the right place and that makes all the difference. That was true of Hemingway's Moveable Feast when I was in Paris and now applies to Doerr's book about Rome which I read while in Italy. This memoir recounts a year he spent there on a "fellowship" in 2004 while his twins were in their first year of life. It is about being a "stranger in a strange land" both literally as applied to Italy and metaphorically as it applies to parenthood. On both counts he had a huge learning curve. But what makes this book so magical is his ability to pay attention. He finds the wonder both in the dominating force of the past in Rome's BC history and in the fleeting moments of the present while his boys master milestones in their first year of life. His writing is as beautiful as ever, and he is actually working on All the Light We Cannot See during this time. His thoughts and observations on life and art are as breathtaking as some of the sites he visits in Rome: "Not-knowing is always more thrilling than knowing. Not-knowing is where hope and art and possibility and invention come from. It is not-knowing, that old, old thing that allows everything to be renewed." (154) Perfect for an eternal city of miracles of faith, architecture, engineering, art, and humanity. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Not quite what I expected. This feels like Doerr has taken his daily writing exercise and nicely edited it down. I appreciate the good editing, and the occasional sparks of good writing (although it is mostly too florid for my taste). It doesn't add up to much.

> A journal entry is for its writer; it helps its writer refine, perceive, and process the world. But a story—a finished piece of writing—is for its reader; it should help its reader refine, perceive, and process the world—the one particular world of the story, which is an invention, a dream.

An easy joke, but I still laughed:

> It's not until I'm back on via Carini, halfway home, that I realize I was hollering for grapefruit sauce. Grapefruit sauce with basil. ( )
  breic | May 30, 2020 |
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From the author of the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning #1 New York Times bestseller All the Light We Cannot See, a "dazzling" (Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran) memoir about art and adventures in Rome. Anthony Doerr has received many awards--from the New York Public Library, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Library Association. Then came the Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and with it a stipend and a writing studio in Rome for a year. Doerr learned of the award the day he and his wife returned from the hospital with newborn twins. Exquisitely observed, Four Seasons in Rome describes Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats -- the chroniclers of Rome who came before him--and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighborhood, whose clamor of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself. This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood, and a fascinating story of a writer's craft--the process by which he transforms what he sees and experiences into sentences.

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