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Italian Ways On and off the Rails from Milan to Palermo

by Tim Parks

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Italian Ways On and off the Rails from Milan to Palermo Synopsis

All Italy is here . (Sunday Times). From the bestselling author of Italian Neighbours, An Italian Education and A Season with Verona In Italian Ways, bestselling writer Tim Parks brings us a fresh portrait of Italy today through a wry account of his train journeys around the country. Whether describing his daily commute from Milan to Verona, his regular trips to Florence and Rome, or his occasional sojourns to Naples and Sicily, Parks uses his thirty years of amusing and maddening experiences on Italian trains to reveal what he calls the 'charmingly irritating dystopian paradise' of Italy. Through memorable encounters with ordinary Italians - conductors and ticket collectors, priests and prostitutes, scholars and lovers, gypsies and immigrants - Parks captures what makes Italian life distinctive. Italian Ways also explores how trains helped build Italy and how the railways reflect Italians' sense of themselves from Garibaldi to Mussolini to Berlusconi and beyond. Most of all, Italian Ways is an entertaining attempt to capture the essence of modern Italy.

Italian Ways On and off the Rails from Milan to Palermo Press Reviews

All Italy is here, its history, its character, its flaws -  Sunday Times


A treat equivalent to a ride on the Orient Express  - Wall Street Journal


Like the best train journeys, you don't want it to end New Statesman A very funny hosanna to Italian railroad locomotion in all its rackety glory -  Evening Standard, Books of the Year

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ISBN: 9780099584254
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099584254
Publication date: 5th June 2014
Author: Tim Parks
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Travel,
Categories: Travel writing, Trains & railways: general interest,

About Tim Parks

Tim Parks studied at Cambridge and Harvard. He lives near Verona with his wife and three children. His novel Europa was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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