Italian Neighbors by Tim Parks
Or, A Lapsed Anglo-Saxon in Verona

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Tim Parks and his wife, Rita, came to their flat on the aging, eccentric Via Colombare in Montecchio twelve years ago for a short stay. There was trouble from the moment they moved in--under cover of night--and it has gone delightfully up and down hill ever since. In this amusing and loving tribute to the glorious country he has embraced, British novelist Tim Parks shares his secrets of survival, tales of the unexpected, and treasured friendships with new-found friends and Italian neighbors.

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About Tim Parks

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Tim Parks, essayist, noted translator of Italian authors, and critic, is the author of eleven novels. He lives in Italy.
 
Published June 1, 1993 by Ballantine Books. 288 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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A witty, cynical, and ultimately charming account by an English expatriate married to a native and trying to raise his children in Italy.

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Be warned: to enjoy Peter Mayle's books on Provence, you need never have been there, while Parks draws you so intimately into life with his bubbling but blinkered and edgy Italians that some hands-on experience with Italy would help for full enjoyment of his pages.

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A 10-year resident, with his Italian-born wife, of a village close to Verona, British-born novelist Parks ( Family Planning ) here celebrates the endearing and exasperating traits of his adoptive home

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In Italian Neighbors, British-born Parks gave a wry portrait of his adopted Italy, where he lives with his native-born wife Rita in a village outside Verona.

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A 10-year resident, with his Italian-born wife, of a village close to Verona, British-born novelist Parks ( Family Planning ) here celebrates the endearing and exasperating traits of his adoptive home and the ``magical duplicity'' of its people.

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A 10-year resident of a village close to Verona, British-born novelist Parks here celebrates the endearing and exasperating traits of his adoptive home and the ``magical duplicity'' of its people.

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it's about making a year-round home in a flat surrounded by Italian neighbors, not spending expensive but idyllic summers in the countryside only to return home to Britain or the United States for the other nine months of the year.Tim Parks has a wry tone that makes even a discussion about Italia...

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