Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. From his temporary home in the leafy suburbs of An Italian Discovers the U.S. by [Severgnini, Beppe] . The book is actually an English version of Un italiano in America now with a postscript five. : An Italian in America (): Beppe Severgnini: Books. Un Italiano in America (Italian Edition) Paperback. out of 5 stars 4. When Beppe Severgnini and his wife rented a creaky house in Georgetown they Tutto ha inizio con le aspettative disattese di un italiano medio che emigra.

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When Beppe Severgnini and his wife rented a creaky house in Georgetown they were determined to see if they could adapt to a full four seasons in a country obsessed with ice cubes, air-conditioning, recliner chairs, and, of all things, after-dinner cappuccinos.

Ciao, America!: An Italian Discovers the U.S. by Beppe Severgnini

The book is light bep;e episodic. Severgnini writes with an affectionate and observant air of the various American quirks. He doesn’t really seemed to have explored anything outside the bubble of the upper-middle class city dwellers he was ensconced in while he was here, and there is so much more to our culture than that.

Merito dei numerosi stereotipi ormai diffusissimi? I enjoyed his point of view and his sharp eye. And I smiled when I got to the part in which Severgnini took friends to a 4th of July celebration in Washington DC—complete with a well-planned meal, a wicker basket, and summer white linen outfits—and wondered by they were getting stared at.

Giuseppe “Beppe” Severgnini born December 26, is an Italian journalist, writer and columnist.


What I found annoying were the obscure, rarely used English words ie perfidious ferrago. Towards the end, he does try for a few pages to seriously assess what Americans are like, he comes up with five English words: I guess that’s only two shallow reasons. It is a very funny book.

For that reason, I would probably not recommend this book to anyone. I developed the habit of walking in France and I keep walking in the States, even in my suburb, developing an eye for varied landscaping and different patterns of light and shade, in the absence of intriguing building details and creative graffiti. Dec 14, Valentino rated it really liked it. Anyone who puts glass in a black bag it should go in the blue ones, along with plastic and aluminumor paper in the white bags its proper place is in the green boxesis immediately disqualified.

Their intent is not to help you navigate through the streets or find a restaurant. Also, Severgnini gets lazy toward the end and then I don’t think the final point he makes in the epilogue has much to do with the rest of the work. It is not essentially a travel book. In this instance, who really got there first? After they are gone, the street is covered with plastic bottles and cans, and looks as if a bomb has hit it.

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Allora pronti a cominciare? La mia recensione completa su http: Nov 01, Lisa Costello rated it it was ok. Refresh and try again. Funny review of living in America. What makes us happy is combatting American bureaucracy.

Per ironia della sorte, in un post di pochi giorni itaaliano vi parlavo di Marina Bellezza, romanzo in cui il tanto popolare sogno americano veniva fatto a pezzi, distrutto completamente. The Masses are one example of where I think he extrapolated too far. Generally, these are muscular young black men who arrive clinging onto the decrepit garage truck that pumps severbnini earsplitting rap music.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jokes are good, wit is often suspect English Severynini a language for shopping. Return to Book Page. Sep 17, Callie S. Sure, a lot has changed since then, but Americans are still obsessed with air-conditioning, ice, recliners, infinite choice when it comes to processed snack foods although maybe we’ve gotten a touch OK, so I’m prejudiced.

There were several times that I laughed out loud at the way he phrases things, such as this story about garbage day in Georgetown: