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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As an italian immigrant I must say that is all true. But this guy waxes prolific about it too. Jul 22, Anne rated it really liked it. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

The handyman sets him up with equipment that is not allowed and leans in and tells him: On the other hand, I don’t like being yelled at for rifling through a stack of jeans in search of my size, nor do I care for being looked up and down by the aforementioned yeller and being handed something that’s two sizes too large.

Per ironia della sorte, in un post di pochi giorni fa vi parlavo di Marina Bellezza, romanzo in cui il tanto popolare sogno americano veniva fatto a pezzi, distrutto completamente. He just doesn’t “sound” like any Italian I’ve met warm, funny, charming and I’ve been to Italy 5x. Open Preview See a Problem?

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

Many of the things I noticed since moving to America have been captured in this book bepoe rare and insightful humor. I didn’t read the Italian version, but Giles Watson used some great “vocabulary” words I never heard before reading. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Tuttavia, come spesso accade, esistono diverse prospettive da cui osservare l’argomento. Unfortunately, after the initial move-in essays, he really lost me.


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For that reason, I would probably not recommend this book to anyone. The one area in which they contradict each other is in the area of children. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. You don’t like it because it’s strong.

It needed an American editor. It’s impolite to bid your host goodbye and leave right away.

For example, I think I was born to live in Italy. Severgnini is fascinated with shopping in large grocery stores, American familiarity in manners, e-mail, and of course, fast food. Please try again later. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. 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.

Italiaho do Americans insist on this endless charade?

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

By the end of his visit, Severgnini has come to grips with life in these United States — and written a charming, laugh-out-loud tribute. May 31, Sold by: Temo che lo rileggero’ seduto su qualche sdraio, anche semplicemente per sentirne la compagnia.

Not Enabled Screen Reader: Honestly, since they are from another time period, I find them more interesting, not less. But we should also enjoy ourselves and not get so pissed bepoe Costco ran out of our favorite brand of mass-produced biscotti.

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All of which, as the author says, are standardized in America to a degree that would be unthinkable in Europe. At a certain time of day, downtowns all over the States empty and become dangerous places to be.

The chapters are vignettes, now dated.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Everyone is hoping to be the lucky one today. Having lived overseas, I thought I had a broader perspective on life in the States, but I’m still an American, so I apparently can’t totally remove myself from the picture. It was a pretty narrowly defined experience, mostly in DC, the suburbs, and a few other areas nearby on Eastern seaboard such as Ocean City, MD verrrry briefly.


I recommend this book for anyone who wants some insight into how someone from another culture views some aspects of our everyday life. But while they’re over there and we’re over here, and we’re all wandering around doing our thing and taking care of our business and are basically pretty much the same, all these little things add up to make the world a more interesting place.

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If you arrive in Washington in August, there’s only one thing to do. This book started off having its funny moments, but after awhile the humor does become a bit one-note, and the second half felt like a slog. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The more I’ve traveled, the more I’ve realized we’re all human and we’re all basically the same yeah, yeah, nothing new there.

I have to read to experience that. This didn’t bother me one darn bit and I found it hilarious but I can see other folks from other parts of the country saying, “This doesn’t describe me at all!

But more telling, to me, was a quote near the beginning of the book: But through this loose method, I have read two books that have similar tales but opposing narratives. But for now, if wanting to fathom the basics of life in Italy makes me an American control freak, so be it.