La Bella Figura has ratings and reviews. Michael Goldman said: While I learned that as an overthinker who flies by the seat of his pants when t. The journalist Beppe Severgnini offers a witty, insightful view of Italy, where red lights and tax laws are viewed as advisory only. La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind. Beppe Severgnini, Author, Giles Watson, Translator. Broadway $ (p) ISBN.

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On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo.

La Bella Figura

An airport in Italy is violently Italian. From food to politics. Heard on All Things Considered.

Do beella remember The Terminal? Many of them can’t tell a cell phone from a remote control, but all are indisputably attractive. In an emergency, her detachment disappears.

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As I was saying, we are exceptional, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. She doesn’t say she’s annoyed, but she lets you know.

End of Watch Stephen King. The Italian flight attendant sometimes takes her job title literally–the plane flies, she just attends. While the tea steeped, I split open the muffin and slathered butter across the warm, crumbly surface. Keep me logged in on this computer.

Look at the ads here in the airport. Are YOU living the life you were meant to lead? Severgnini takes us through ten days in Italy, starting at the airport and moving through Milano, Napoli and Roma.

Sep 02, Sara rated it liked it. Non hanno colto il vero spirito del libro, non hanno assaporato veramente l’atmosfera italiana, non l’hanno percepita quando sono stati in Italia, se ci sono stati. It’s a zoo with air conditioning, where the animals don’t bite and only the odd comment is likely to be poisonous.


Feb 11, Ryan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Sep 06, Katie Moronta rated it really liked it. Still, the sum of ten good deeds does not make a person good, just as ten sins do not necessarily add bepppe to a sinner. From food to politics. We all do things that we wish we wouldn’t in life. A gorgeous Italian is worth a minor scalding.

Although La Bella Figura will take you to legendary cities and scenic regions, your real destinations are the places where Italians are at their best, worst, and most authentic: This witty and beguiling examination will help you understand why Italy, as Beppe says, ‘can have you fuming and then purring in the space of a hundred metres or ten minutes.

The paragraphs all have the same rhythm to them and by the 30th time I’d read about how “Italians are adjective and adjectivebut also contradiction and contradiction!

This book was full of the kinds of generalisation about Italy that I might have expected from a non-native, but seemed pretty unforgivable from an Italian writer.

Lq alluring, but complicated. We’ll sit in judgment at a restaurant and feel the sensory reassurance of a church. They are stunned by the fireworks display that is the Italian mind.

The author is humorous and clearly well educated figjra his subject. Anyone interested in Italy, especially those living here or planning a visit. This is your chance to overcome whatever obstacles are stopping you. Apr 05, Khalid Ismail rated it did not like it. More By and About This Author. Be wary of everyone’s poise.

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La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind by Beppe Severgnini

Are you spinning multiple plates and want to sense check whether what you’re currently doing will result in you achieving your goals? Since I’m trying to gain some insight into Italy before an upcoming trip, I thought it best to find a more practical source of information than this. The visits to different towns are primarily a vehicle for exploring the Italian mindset – this is after all the premise of the book, but if you are interested in the places themselves, then this isn’t the book for you.

She’s just collected two huge suitcases and can’t find a baggage cart. Let’s say you spill your coffee on your pants. Or is it a red at an intersection? Read after you’ve been there a while or after you’ve left so you can laugh a bit. In an emergency, her detachment disappears. It’s actually an opportunity to reflect, and that reflection sevregnini hardly bfppe silly.

Broadway Books; Reprint edition June 12, Language: It’s a super funny and interesting take on Italian culture.

See all books by Beppe Severgnini. It’s actually an opportunity to reflect, and that reflection is hardly ever silly.