The Italians : a full-length portrait featuring their manners and morals

by Luigi Giorgio Barzini

Paper Book, 1996




New York ; London : Simon & Schuster, 1996.


An Italian journalist probes the national character of his compatriots.

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LibraryThing member Tendulkar01
this highly opinionated but very enjoyable book has been in print for decades
LibraryThing member nemoman
Given its age one might expect this book to be dated; however, I believe it to the single best book for gaining insight into Italian temperment and culture. It is humorous and informative. Read it on your next flight to Italy, and when you land you will instantly be connecting what you see and hear
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with what you have read.
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LibraryThing member TurtleCreekBooks
One of the better, if somewhat biased, reviews on "la vita italiana". Although a little dated and with some aspects of the book no longer applicable, it does still explain some fundamental aspects of the Italian way of thinking. Having lived in Italy for over 10 years in the 1970s and 1980s I can
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attest to much of what Barzini points out. And yes, Cola di Rienzo is quite the character.
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LibraryThing member DinadansFriend
A lively account, mostly about European Italians. At the time there was a good deal of Mafiosi news floating about, and I was curious about what had been formed on the Peninsula in the wake of the Middle ages and Renaissance. It moved well.


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