Naples Declared by Benjamin Taylor

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There is no better way to sum up what Taylor has captured in “Naples Declared,” a wholly delightful example of what the literary travel memoir can achieve.
-Jewish Journal

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It is a city of seemingly irreconcilable opposites, simultaneously glorious and ghastly. And it is Ben Taylor’s remarkable ability to meld these contradictions into a whole that makes this the exciting and original book it is. He takes his stroll around the bay with the acute sensitivity of a lover, the good humor of a friend, and the wisdom of a seeker who has immersed himself in all aspects of this contrapuntal culture. His curiosity leads him to many byways, both real and metaphoric, and his passion for this ancient city and its people becomes, in his graceful prose and amusing anecdotes, irresistibly contagious.

 

About Benjamin Taylor

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BEN TAYLOR is a contributing writer for DamnInteresting.com, a weekly online publication with 400,000 visitors a month, and contributed to their volume, Alien Hand Syndrome. He lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Visit welcometomynightmare.net.
 
Published May 10, 2012 by Penguin Books. 248 pages
Genres: Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Naples Declared
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 01 2012

Packed with elegant aperçus and vibrant with the author’s rueful understanding that “Naples the glorious and Naples the ghastly have always been one place.”

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 19 2012

Steeped in off-hand erudition and raptly attuned to the city’s scruffy allure, Taylor makes a charming guide to an under-toured city.

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California Literary Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Julia Braun Kessler on May 16 2012

His pace is leisurely, yet it includes exposures to its many conquerors and evidence of conquests over the centuries. More: it gives us a keen sense of the particular ardors, the passions which occupied each period in its past.

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Jewish Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Jonathan Kirsch on May 09 2012

There is no better way to sum up what Taylor has captured in “Naples Declared,” a wholly delightful example of what the literary travel memoir can achieve.

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Between The Covers

Below average
Reviewed by Heather on May 21 2012

I learned quite a bit while reading Naples Declared, but I know I would have found it much more interesting and much less confusing if I’d done the extra research the first time around.

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Good
Reviewed by Peggy Ireland on Apr 28 2012

Personally I quite enjoyed the book, saving it to read a small section each night before I fell asleep. It brought me back to visits to Napoli, strolling through my own streets, wandering afield to Sorrento and Amalfi. Sigh.

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