La Bella Figura has ratings and reviews. Michael Goldman said: While I learned that as an overthinker who flies by the seat of his pants when t. The journalist Beppe Severgnini offers a witty, insightful view of Italy, where red lights and tax laws are viewed as advisory only. La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind. Beppe Severgnini, Author, Giles Watson, Translator. Broadway $ (p) ISBN.

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Nature is our greatest healer. I read this book on the plane to Italy, having already been there twice, I was hoping to gain further insight into the Italian psyche.

Well, Italians’ signature quality–our passion for beauty–is in danger of becoming our number-one defect. Books Featured In This Story. At the check-in desk, they weren’t sure they would ever see their suitcases again, and did all they could to pass them off as hand luggage. First of all, let’s get one thing straight. Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages, such as hills in the sunset, olive groves, lemon trees, white wine, and raven-haired girls.

I thought many of the observations were either stereotypical or could apply to people anywhere. He’s an Italian David Sedaris. It’s not an order, as you might naively think. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


La Bella Figura proves that twenty-first-century Italians are more complicated than we thought. This is not a get rich quick book. Because that’s what the public wants. Read it, act on it and experience the difference’ Marshall Goldsmith Ph.

I would have been better off making a photocopy of those pages to take to Italy and not wasting two weeks that could have been spent reading travel books hint, hint, an Italian wouldn’t mind breaking copyright for that purpose. Your Italy and our Italia are not the same thing. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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As you will understand, this is not the sort of country that is easy to explain. Rosso red is a bureaucratic formula, and pieno full is a personal comment.

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His tone is warm and tolerant, and pleasantly lacking in cynicism. Only a naive observer would mistake this for confusion.

This book is filled w After living in Italy for a year, reading this book brought back memories fifura also explained a few hidden ideas in the Italian mind.