8.06.2007

Book Review: Four Seasons in Rome



Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World by Anthony Doerr

Anyone who knows me at all knows I've always wanted to see Rome - all the landmarks and all the history - and this was further exacerbated after watching Rome and devouring all I could on Roman history.

This is a short work of non-fiction (200 pages) from Doerr, who, on the night his twin boys were born received a letter that he had been granted a yearlong stay in Rome to work on a new novel.

He and his wife pack up the twins and settle in Rome, and this work takes us through the sights, the people, the struggle of new parents and the total mourning of Rome after Pope John Paul II's passing.

This is an evocative work, full of lovely images. A bit "kid heavy" for me, but understandable for a new parent! ;-)

Lovely!

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