Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. From his temporary home in the leafy suburbs of An Italian Discovers the U.S. by [Severgnini, Beppe] . The book is actually an English version of Un italiano in America now with a postscript five. : An Italian in America (): Beppe Severgnini: Books. Un Italiano in America (Italian Edition) Paperback. out of 5 stars 4. When Beppe Severgnini and his wife rented a creaky house in Georgetown they Tutto ha inizio con le aspettative disattese di un italiano medio che emigra.

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Un italiano in America

Too many choices creates stress, and that is one of the reasons Americans are making themselves sick. What I found annoying were the obscure, rarely used English words ie perfidious ferrago. It is a very funny book.

What this book offers is a chance to look at how Americans are perceived by those living among us. Some parts of this book remind me of why I can’t wait to get back to Europe: As Joe put it “It’s like the inverse of every conversation we had moving there.

Some things should be taken seriously: He comments that watching Americans stay in their lanes and drive the speed limit uun the highway is “surr After living in Naples for three years, the first couple of chapters of this book made me laugh out loud, read parts aloud to my husband, and then laugh again with him. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Please try again later.


Jan 04, Agatha rated it liked it. If he walked in two seconds after me, but he has all kn his shit together, he wins. Some of that stuff is just funny. Each chapter represents a month. As big as the United States is, a family could spend a year traveling and still not visit every area of interest, and xmerica would get a memoir of mostly gas stations, restaurants, and motels. Preview — Ciao, America! Dopo due settimane di gelo in pieno luglio, posso confermare le parole di Severgnini riguardanti la tendenza maniacale abbastanza angosciante di vivere con il condizionatore costantemente acceso.

Ciao, America!: An Italian Discovers the U.S. by Beppe Severgnini

Beppe si not making fun of Americans as much of highlighting how differences can not only be enriching, but funny altogether. The realtor who waves a perfect bye-bye, the overzealous mattress salesman who bounces from bed to bed, and the plumber named Marx who deals in illegally powerful showerheads are just a few of the better-than-fiction characters the Severgninis encounter while foraging for clues to the real America. In the end, the pirate crew throws a few bags onto the garbage truck and leaves the rest.

Dopotutto gli Stati Uniti rimarranno sempre interessanti, avvolti in quell’alone di itlaiano e d Blog Stories Review: He segergnini really seemed to have explored anything outside the bubble of the upper-middle class city dwellers he was ensconced in while he was here, and there is so much more to our culture than that. And, oh god, RV’ing. So things can be a little baffling, but try not to get so worked up over it.


Ciao, America!: An Italian Discovers the U.S.

Oct 12, Irene rated it liked it. There are some nostalgia-producing moments, like when he claims that it is easier to call someone than to contact them online. For instance, the first conservative House of Representatives in recent history, the Grunge look, talk radio, newspapers.

Not the Deep Ub but still This is how the modern version works. I loved the observations that Severgnini made of Americans and believe that, for the most part, he did a good job to keep from making gross generalizations. The book is light and episodic. It made me think a snooty Englishman interpreted it for Beppe. Reflects the time he was living in the USA–the nineties. This book started o The concept of this book — an Italian and his wife move to America for a year to study the culture — is the reverse of the ever-popular situation in which the American goes to Italy and does the same thing, which is why it interested me.

I really liked this book.

Not at all the author’s fault, but the book clearly shows its s origins. He described some ialiano that are common in Catholic college student Masses: Good insight into the Italian mind in America.

Severgnini’s funniest book to date! And finally, the take on American TV.