The Xenophobe's Guide to the Italians

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Publisher: Oval Books

3.9
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Language: English | Number of Pages: 64 | Format: Paperback | In other languages: (other languages) Russian , Spanish

Isbn-10: 1902825357 | Isbn-13: 9781902825359 | Publish date:  | Edition 1

Also available as: eBook

Category: Humor , Non-fiction , Social Science

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Book Description
Highlights the unique character and behavior of the nation. Frank, irreverent, funny--almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.
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  • 4

    Un po' datato... e alcuni stereotipi un po' stantii, ma nel complesso è interessante. Un'ottima occasione per capire cosa pensano di noi gli stranieri.

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  • 4

    There are many truths here (I should know, I'm Italian :-), some baffling generalisations (coming from somebody who's written well after the 19th century, that is), but overall the book is nice, infor ...continue

    There are many truths here (I should know, I'm Italian :-), some baffling generalisations (coming from somebody who's written well after the 19th century, that is), but overall the book is nice, informative, fun, full of irony and stylish. I laughed out loud quite often, and I was saddened by some spot-on characterisation of our defects just as many times.

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  • 5

    Attraverso occhi altrui

    Come sono, davvero, gli italiani? Non ho trovato xenofobia in questo piccolo, istruttivo libretto: ognuna delle cose descritte rappresenta, più o meno, la realtà del nostro paese, le nostre cattive ab ...continue

    Come sono, davvero, gli italiani? Non ho trovato xenofobia in questo piccolo, istruttivo libretto: ognuna delle cose descritte rappresenta, più o meno, la realtà del nostro paese, le nostre cattive abitudini, i nostri difetti, visti da qualcun altro che ci conosce bene. Guardarsi attraverso gli occhi altrui è un esercizio che tutti dovremmo fare. Mi aspettavo un testo ironico, esagerato, eccessivo, invece ho trovato uno sguardo sorprendentemente acuto. Se il crollo del livello civile, politico, culturale del Belpaese vi fa desiderare di andarvene per sempre, dopo questa lettura nessuno vi fermerà più.
    "Italy's laws would be perfect without the Italians".
    "They are know to be wonderful at singing and at cooking, and terrible at organising."
    "Italian women are incredibly attractive until the marry, whereupon they immediately become short, fat, overweight mammas".

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  • 3

    I found this book very interesting and funny, even though sometimes the author seems to be too linked to prejudices. I don't think you can consider such stereotypes part of the daily Italian life.
    "Non ...continue

    I found this book very interesting and funny, even though sometimes the author seems to be too linked to prejudices. I don't think you can consider such stereotypes part of the daily Italian life.
    "Non si deve fare di tutta l'erba un fascio"

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