Ma nella testa degli italiani — purtroppo o per fortuna — c’è ben altro. Percorrendo la Penisola in compagnia di amici venuti dall’estero, Beppe Severgnini. La testa degli italiani has ratings and reviews. Kayla said: After living in Italy for a year, reading this book brought back memories and also. Read a free sample or buy La testa degli italiani by Beppe Severgnini. You can read this book with Apple Books on your iPhone, iPad, iPod.

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He loves being Italian and coaxed me to “fall in love” with him and his compatriots too. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Oh, beautiful and soothing it is to see that it’s not just me sensing these realities!!! There are many fascinating tidbits to be gleaned, such as a fascinating 2page history of the Vespa, the history of the word “ciao” and the fact that in the last 50 years the population of Italy has “risen by nine million but the number of available bedrooms has shot up from thirty-five million to one hundred and twenty-million.

Had high hopes, as I like essays that explore the sociology of a country, trying to explain the reason people are who they are. Like I said, a lot of this stuff I already knew so it was hilarious to read someone talking about it all so frankly and honestly. We want to think about it. Very few of his comment were interesting to me. La testa degli italiani by Beppe Severgnini. Dieci giorni, trenta luoghi.

La testa degli italiani by Beppe Severgnini (4 star ratings)

I really wanted to like this book, but I think it was too similar to Ciao America. But, don’t worry about remembering which is which, because after explaining both the difference Not so much a travel guide as a sociological exploration, this book is packed with fascinating insights and telling italianu. Sort of interesting, but written with the trying-to-be-vague-but-actually-very-obvious message that “Italians are better than everyone else in the world, ever.

After living in Italy for a year, reading this book brought back memories and also explained a few hidden ideas in the Italian mind. Most useful and interesting to me were his spectacular clarification of the success of Silvio Berlusconi in Italy, his debunking of the dual legends of the luxurious Naples and slack jawed Naepolitians, and his the incredibly extensive list of cultural observations and affirmations that I fit only a small glimpse of here.


Like most Italian journalists I find here, he doesn’t actually tell what happened, he just gives his opinion about what happened.

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Italy is the only workshop in the world that can turn out both Botticellis and Berlusconis. While I learned that as an overthinker who flies by the seat of his pants when travelling, I may relate itaaliani to Italians than Americans, I think that’s about all I learned. Paradoxically true, which is always the truest sort of true. Dec severbnini, Dinorah Guadiana-Costa rated it really liked it.

I loved learning about history, architecture, and Italian life and mindset. That is, I thought that this book was something it was not. PaperbackBUR Saggipages.

But, don’t worry about remembering which is which, because after explaining both the difference and its importance, he then proceeds to refer to both ideas with the uniform monikor “Italy” for degki rest of the text.

He claimed the few bad ones were on the stage, or the cinema screen. View all 6 comments. While I preferred “Ciao, America,” it may be just because I tend to find the outside perspective more interesting than the inside perspective.

Now, I am going to have to come clean here, my family have owned a property in Italy for many years and I have been going out there for a long time before that too. italiahi

The amount of things I hear about the English, only to sit there and reflect that it is utter nonsense is staggering.

Non hanno colto il vero spirito degll libro, non hanno assaporato veramente l’atmosfera italiana, non l’hanno percepita quando sono stati in Italia, se ci sono stati. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Open Preview See a Problem? Probabilmente, mescolato al resto contiene un po’ di rimpianto: Forse dovrebbero farsi dare delle ripetizioni per riempire le lacune.

There were two places in the book that really drew me in, and that was because I had actually experienced them before. In this case, though, I found the author too sarcastic and annoying.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I’m not sure this one advanced the “Italian Mind” ball degll me.

Severini is hilarious in his description of his homeland but also acknowledges age-old problems that fill the country. Want ktaliani Read Currently Reading Read. Perfect for Italians to Read, to learn about their backgrounds and laugh out loud at themselves. I can now lo A fascinating look into Italian culture. Want to Read saving…. In fact, I read it twice several years italoani because I found myself getting married in Rome. However, I can sum up the book in one sentence: This book was full of the kinds of generalisation about Italy that I might have expected from a non-native, but seemed pretty unforgivable from an Italian writer.

To ask other readers questions about La testa degli italianiplease sign up. I wouldn’t recommend reading this book before your first trip to Italy because it will distort your view and may cause you to be hyper-critical. The author, Beppe Severgnini, takes you on a fun journey through the landscape of Italy while cleverly portraying the way of life of the Italian people. I really enjoyed his writing technique and his descriptive imagery.

I would enjoy a tour by Beppe though. However, it was only when I read in the last pages of the book after the conclusion of the story that this book was a number 1 seller in Italy and not America that I realized why the book didn’t absolutely grab me.

Not so much a travel guide as a sociological exploration, this book is packed with fascinating insights and telling weaknesses. Instead I got nothing but harsh blanket generalizations as I was guided through Beppe’s judgmental, armchair sociologist’s mind.

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