By Tim Parks
“So inviting it's possible you'll end up tempted to provide the event a whirl and trip the Italian trains your self, booklet in hand.”—Liesl Schillinger, New York occasions publication Review
Tim Parks’s books on Italy were hailed as "so vibrant, so filled with delectable info, [they] function a greater than first rate alternative for the genuine factor" (Los Angeles occasions ebook Review). Now, in his first Italian travelogue in a decade, he supplies an enthralling and humorous portrait of Italian methods via using its trains from Verona to Milan, Rome to Palermo, and all the way down to the heel of Italy.
Parks starts off as any tourist may well: "A educate is a teach is a educate, isn’t it?" yet quickly he turns his novelist’s eye to the main points, and as he trips via majestic Milano Centrale station or at the most up-to-date high-speed rail line, he can provide a uniquely insightful portrait of Italy. via memorable encounters with traditional Italians—conductors and price tag creditors, clergymen and prostitutes, students and fanatics, gypsies and immigrants—Parks captures what makes Italian existence specified: an obsession with velocity yet an reputation of slower, older methods; a blind eye towards brutal structure amid grand monuments; and an timeless love of a very good argument and the correct cappuccino.
Italian Ways additionally explores how trains helped construct Italy and the way their improvement displays Italians’ feel of themselves from Garibaldi to Mussolini to Berlusconi and past. so much of all, Italian Ways is an exciting try to catch the essence of recent Italy. As Parks writes, "To see the rustic by means of teach is to think about the crux of the basic Italian challenge: Is Italy a part of the trendy global, or not?"