An Italian Education, Paperback Book
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How does an Italian become Italian? Or an Englishman English, for that matter? Are foreigners born, or made? In An Italian Education Tim Parks focuses on his own young children in the small village near Verona where he lives, building a fascinating picture of the contemporary Italian family at school, at home, at work and at play.

The result is a delight: at once a family book and a travel book, not quite enamoured with either children or Italy, but always affectionate, always amused and always amusing.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780099286967

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Tim Parks is married to an Italian and living near Verona with their two children. He explores contemporary Italian life at home and at work. Even though I have been to Italy on holiday many times I realised how little I really understood Italian attitudes, politics and predjudices. He writes with an amusing light touch, that frequently had me laughing out loud.

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