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My Home Sweet Rome: Living (and loving) in Italy's Eternal City (English Edition) di [Gilbert, Sari]
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It’s a wonderful place to visit, but would you want to live there? Sari Gilbert, who has lived for close to 40 years in what many have called the Eternal City, answers with a resounding “yes..... but”. A native New Yorker who moved to Rome after finishing graduate school and then became a journalist, Gilbert's book “My Home Sweet Rome: Living (and Loving) in the Eternal City” describes what life is really like in the Italian capital: to sum it up, “fascinating, and delightful, but not at all easy”.
Many foreigners have moved to Italy, but relatively few have decided to stay on for the rest of their lives, unless they are married and have put down family roots. Gilbert uses her own particular status – as an attractive and single woman, as a journalist for major U.S. and Italian news organs, and as an American – as a magnifying lens to examine the various aspects of Italian and Roman life. She gives us an unveiled view of the country’s politics, its stifling bureaucracy, its contradictory social customs, everyday concerns and gastronomical habits.
Gilbert also takes us through the less pleasant phases of recent Italian history: Mafia, terrorism, the assassination attempt on the life of the first (but not the last) non-Italian Pope, the meteoric rise of Silvio Berlusconi. In the process, we learn what it is like to work in Italy as both a foreign correspondent and a local reporter for Italian newspapers. Even more intriguing perhaps, Gilbert sheds light on what love and sex are really like with Italian men, be they average Giuseppes or high-placed movers and shakers.
Subjects include: Italy, Rome, Living abroad, Italian men, Love, Italian politics, Italian history, Italian food, Mafia, Terrorism


In love with Italy from a young age, Sari Gilbert has been living in Rome since the 1970’s. As a foreign correspondent, Gilbert wrote for a number of American and Canadian publications, including Newsweek and the Washington Post, covering everything except soccer matches and fashion shows. Subsequently she worked, in Italian, for the short-lived daily L’Indipendente and then for the prestigious Italian daily, Il Sole 24 Ore. She now writes for pleasure and edits for a living.

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  • Lunghezza stampa: 344
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 0957397747
  • Editore: Sari Gilbert; 1.9 edizione (11 gennaio 2014)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00E3G9IQO
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It must be a strain and perhaps even a form of suffering, as well as a source of joy and discovery, to spend your adult life in a foreign country, which is one reason I love reading books by people who have done this. Having lived in Italy for so long, Gilbert commands two perspectives, not just as an American and naturalized Italian, but also as observer and participant in what is essentially a life experiment that few of us would dare undertake.

As a journalist, Gilbert casts a cold eye on the Italian politics of the day, and while many expatriates and exiles tend to rage at the supposed failures of their adopted countries, her book is remarkable for its equanimity and tact.

You should read this book to get a flavor of how uplifting, exciting and bright Italy and its inhabitants used to be before they fell into the current state of terminal moral and material decline. You should also read it as a manual for how to live, how to be accepting, open, curious, exploratory and non-judgmental. I commend the author for her autobiographical honesty and historical observation, and recommend this book.
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As to be expected from a professional journalist, a well told story. For those of us who lived In Rome as contemporaries it was interesting to remember how life was , the problems, politics, and joy of living in Trastevere and centro storico...
I now realize that there were several parallel ,separate worlds in Rome which rarely met,
I would recommend Gilbert's book to young people living in the city today as well as to those suffering from nostalgia .
Bravissima Sari, it was hard to put down.
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5 di 5 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle My Home Sweet Rome, Living and Loving in the Eternal City 20 febbraio 2014
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My Home Sweet Rome etc. was disappointing. I was hoping for a book that was richer in people charm, and instead got what seemed to me like a rewrite of the author's old-style dayrunner datebook mashed up with news of the day items. It was factual, but surprisingly flat.

The book chronicles the author's many years in Rome--from a college semester in the 1960's onward. Lots and lots o' muddy water under the ponte.

I'm sure the author is a good journalist. She is factual. I know a lot more now about life in Italy. The author mentioned many of types of pasta and pastry, listed reasons why Italians are not motivated to succeed, cites details of who lived in which apartment on which floor of her apartment. It was a lot of information, but it was akin to leafing through an old Montgomery Ward's catalog. Here's your info.

Through it all, she is spectator and judge. Here is a topic, here are the facts, here is the author's opinion. It's "Living", but I didn't get the "Loving". Sex, yes, Love, no. Love, zero. Warmth, zip.

She wrote about a lot about a lot of men. She sought primo sex, describing herself as horny. She complains when younger men didn't appreciate her sexuality. All righty. I appreciate the fact that the author is a ballsy, independent woman. She didn't give most of her Italian sex partners many stars in the delivery of sexual satisfaction department. Again, we get the facts, but no sizzle. It was pretty dry.

Yeah, yeah, that was on purpose.

It was an okay book.
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5.0 su 5 stelle An excellent read 10 gennaio 2014
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If I were the author, I probably would not have been as honest as Sari Gilbert about my personal life. But her willingness to do so makes it clear that she is also being honest and open about her discoveries regarding the nature of Italian society – in both its positive and negative aspects. Many of us, blinded by the beauties of the Italian countryside, its cities and its artworks, tend to forget that this is a country where normal people (not tourists) live their daily lives. Gilbert makes it clear that for them it is not always easy. I have been to Italy several times, but her book will give me a new perspective and more insight the next time I visit.
5.0 su 5 stelle Enrich your trip to Rome with Sari's book 12 marzo 2017
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Sari provides insights into life in Italy that are only possible if you have been immersed in the culture for many years. Her American perspective derived from a childhood and young adulthood in New York and studies at American Universities offers a view of Italian life that shares both her clear love of the ancient flavor, romance and earthiness of Italy, and sophisticated insights into the provincial, political corruption, and flawed economic foundation that inhibits the fulfillment of Italy's potential on the world stage. With all its foibles,Ms. Gilbert displays Italy's vitality in its its neighborhoods, small world communities, and new multicultural environment. I loved the book, her descriptions of personal encounters, profiles of men and women, famous and not. As a well-known journalist, her writing is superb, colorful and entertaining. I would recommend the book to a traveler or anyone who would like to really understand the intimate relationships and networks that make a country a home. Besides, there are great descriptions of food delights. Fran Wills
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5.0 su 5 stelle Italy unveiled 23 ottobre 2013
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Sari Gilbert knows Italy like the back of her hand and has woven a fascinating portrait. The country, its people - neighbours, colleagues, the mighty and the rest. Not forgetting a lifelong devotion to in depth study of Italian men, morals and manners ...! There is no aspect of italian life that she has not described, analysed, And decrypted with affection humour and lucidity. If you want to know what Italian life is like from the inside you should read her book !
4.0 su 5 stelle Beyond the tourist's view of the city. 9 gennaio 2016
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I am glad that I read this book because it helped me to understand a lot about Italian customs, a subject that interests me. Just about everyone in the Western world should already know about the absolute beauty of the country, but I would venture to say that few people understand the Italian psyche.

We stayed for two weeks in Sari's apartment in Trastevere, so I truly enjoyed the descriptions of her apartment, the neighborhood, (the vu compra'), the bars and restaurants in the area, some of which we visited. If I had read this book before our trip (not that I would have ever been aware of it) I would have had a better understanding of the place itself, probably. However, reading it on returning home to the US, I found it like a souvenir -- a remembrance.

We found Sari to be a helpful and gracious host. We have rented scores of apartments in Europe and the US over the past decade or two, and often we never even meet the owner, let alone get a glimpse into his/her life. Usually the best that one can hope for is a loose leaf binder with info about nearby attractions and restaurants. (By the way, we liked her apartment very much. It was a very good location and had a great kitchen.)

We had no way of knowing who she is, of course, before meeting her. I might have been a bit more deferential had I understood her status as a journalist, and certainly we could have had a more interesting conversation with her.

One can expect that, since Sari has made her living as a writer, the text of the book is well written with proper grammar and complex sentences. I, like many reviewers, found her sexual exploits a bit more than I needed to know, but that is just personal preference. What I really enjoyed was the rest of the book.
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