All Italy is here Sunday TimesFrom the bestselling author of Italian Neighbours, An Italian Education and A Season with VeronaLonglisted for the Dolman Travel Book AwardIn 1981 Tim Parks moved from England to Italy and spent the next thirty years alongside hundreds of thousands of Italians on his adopted country s vast, various and ever changing networks of trains.Through memorable encounters with ordinary Italians conductors and ticket collectors, priests and prostitutes, scholars and lovers, gypsies and immigrants Tim Parks captures what makes Italian life distinctive He explores how trains helped build Italy and how the railways reflect Italians sense of themselves from Garibaldi to Mussolini to Berlusconi and beyond....
|Title||:||Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||Vintage 5 Juni 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||288 Seiten|
|File Size||:||894 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo Reviews
Eines der amüsantesten Bücher, das ich je - auf meinem Kindle, in der U-Bahn - gelesen habe.Abgesehen von der oft ironisch bis satirischen Perspektive des engl. Autors auf die italienische Mentalität...erfährt man auch echt viel über die italienische Eisenbahn....ihre "Begründung" durch Garibaldi bis zu ihrenheutigen Defiziten (vor allem den finanziellen).DB-Fahrer könnten wundervoll Vergleiche anstellen....Einfach ein schönes Buch!
Origineller Ansatz : mit subjektiven Erfahrungen auf der Eisenbahn Mentalitäten darstellen. & da der Autor nicht nur viel mit der Bahn unterwegs ist, sondern dabei auch fleißig & aufmerksam liest, u. a. Maggis Buch über le Ferrovie, gelangt er über seine Subjektivität hinaus.
Gefällt mir die Mischung aus Info und Beschreibung der italienischen Eigenheiten. Ich lebe erst seit 5 Jäheren richtig dort, (in Sizilien!) aber habe kichernd vieles wiedererkannt. Nette Ferienlektüre!
buchinhalt sehr intressant, erhaltenszustand schlechter als angegeben - Wasserschäden und Riss in der buchklappe, sollte angeblich neuwertig sein, hatte starke Benutzungsspure
Tim Parks does a fun job of getting us all around Italy. It is a shame he is such a sourpuss. One would love for him to take delight in what is around him, but he mostly finds fault with the Italian Rail system. Well, not even exactly the Italian rail system---more egregiously, with Italians, which has a way of seeming a bit racist, or at least elitist. He makes little effort to understand the emotional life of the people around him. A dry sort, at times you wish he had co-written this book with someone with blood in their veins who was actually happy to be alive.I gave this book four stars instead of three, which is what it really deserves, because in spite of the bitter old man routine, Italian Ways is very well written and somehow, a page turner. What also aided my read was I had just returned from Positano (one of the most wonderful towns on earth...for pleasure) and Ariano Irpino (In Campania, where I met eight Italian cousins...for the first time). I had wanted to read this book before I visited Southern Italy but did Not Get to it until after I returned. It was a weird, but satisfying way to savor Italy again. Read this book if you like trains and Italy. If you like trains and Italy and an odd, cool narrator, you'll have the time of your life.
The title is brilliant as it conveys two aspects of the book written by Tim Parks. It tells us how the Italian railways run by Trenitalia operates and also how the Italian psyche can be seen from this angle. Hence the name chosen for the novel has duality associated with it. Tim Parks has lived in Italy for a great part of his life. He was not born an Italian but he is Italian now after adopted the country as his home. Given his writing style, he is the right person to educate us about the Italian ways.If you live in Europe, public transport plays an important part in your daily life. In the category of public transports, the trains are a major player - be it traveling inside the city or to adjoining cities or even to far flung places. Tim Parks details this important utility in life from the point of view of a frequent traveler. He has spent a considerable amount of his life in trains. But how does this all work? Is anyone making profit out of this enterprise? How are the fares structured if a virtual break-journey can take you to point A to point B in lesser price than taking a direct ticket? Why does ticket inspectors act authoritatively and then turn a blind eye to people traveling without a valid ticket? How is it that you end up with no seat even when you have a reservation? Why does train stations resemble a shopping mall after renovation? Why do you have to travel endlessly before you can get to platform serving inter-city service from a intra-city service?Tim Parks provide a lot of insights with respect to Italian railways. Like I mentioned earlier, if you live in Europe, these questions might have crossed your mind. The best part is the answers to these questions. Some of the answers might have been obvious ones which we have overlooked. What makes these answers more interesting is the commonality of this with other countries where trains play a major role. In the developing countries, this will soon catch up.I have a lot of Italian friends. That is one of the reasons to pick this book up. It ended up a thoroughly enjoyable read. If you do not have Italian friends, you can still pick it up if you love trains or train journeys.
How do others see us? What makes that question so interesting? Perhaps it's the fact that strangers are willing to take an objective look at the character flaws we tend to ignore on the theory that it's best to let well enough alone. When the stains build up to the point where it's time to take our national persona to the cleaner, along comes a book that does just that. Francesco Liberti's "An Italian in America (2001) did just that in a friendly, tongue in cheek way. Now Tim Parks, an Englishman who has lived the last 30 years of his life in Italy, has done much the same for that country. Call it a travel book, cultural anthropology, or memoir -- it's more than a little of each - "Italian Ways Off and On the Rails from Milan to Palermo" belongs on every first time traveler's to Italy reading list, particularly if the trip involves train travel. As one whose Italian travel came before "Italian Ways" was published, reading it, I often wished that I had had the benefit of it as we tried to find the right platform for the 4:10 to Verona, and similar puzzles in other stations.Parks, who has written other accounts of Italian ways, knows the country and its people as well as anyone from away could hope to. He brings all his experience to bear in this pleasantly readable, highly knowledgeable book. Structured as a before and after account, dealing both with the pre-modern train travel that endeared Parks to rail travel, and then the streamlined, far less personal, assigned seat version that replaced (most of) it beginning in the late 2000's, that found him wishing for the old days.The account is generously sprinkled with the ups and downs of his experiences on Trenitalia. He does not hesitate to tell stories on himself including "my last and greatest bust-up with a "capotreno" (conductor/ticket checker/ ultimate authority). As you might guess, it involved the fine print that pulled the rug out from under the validity of his internet-issued ticket. The outcome convinced him that such arguments weren't worth it. He explains: "this whole culture of ambiguous rules, then heated argument about them without any clear-cut result, seems to serve to draw you into a mind-set of vendetta and resentment that saps energy from every other area of life."Parks' epilogue sets forth his affectionate ode to Treinitalia and all the men and women who serve it and offers a bouquet to "any passenger with a book in his hand, any man or woman following the lines on a page, perhaps these very lines, as the wheels follow the rails across the landscape, hurrying forward through the world yet not quite part of it. What a beautiful respite a train journey is and a good book too, and best of all the book on the train, in life and out of it at the same time . . ."Epilogue. "Italian Ways" is very much in the tradition of "Village in the Vaucluse", the book by Harvard professor Laurence Wylie who took his wife and two small children to live in the small Provencal village of Roussillon (which he calls Peyrane) in 1950. The book about their experiences is haunting, sympathetic, and revelatory of a way of life that is all but gone, if not completely so. We owe Parks for making sure that there is a similarly fine and richly detailed account of an aspect of Italian life that now exists only at the edges.
I wanted to read this as my husband's family is from Sicily. Not certain I would ever travel to Italy the title peaked my interest. It was mildly entertaining and went into depth on each train the author traveled. He's well educated and probably makes a much better living than most Italians, but wasn't too empathetic with anything or anyone along his journey. He should be reminded Italy is his adopted country, by choice!! I wouldn't recommend this book.