Italian Ways: On and off the Rails from Milan to Palermo.pdf
"A grouchy, often very funny hosanna to Italian railroad locomotion in all its rackety glory" -- Ian Thomson Evening Standard "Tim Parks embarks on his Italian train odyssey with humour, grim patience, and a great novelist's insight.full of hilarious anecdotes and insight from a true Italophile" The Bath Magazine "All Italy is here, its history, its character, its flaws...the things that Parks loves about the place" -- Anthony Sattin Sunday Times "This is not a "railway book" in any conventional sense. It is sharp-eyed and sharp-tongued about the absurdities of 'Italian ways'" -- John Lloyd Financial Times "A treat equivalent to a ride on the Orient Express" -- Ben Downing Wall Street Journal (Europe)
Born in Manchester, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. In 1981 he moved to Italy where he has lived ever since. He is the author of novels, non-fiction and essays, including Europa, Cleaver, A Season with Verona and Teach Us to Sit Still. He has won the Somerset Maugham, Betty Trask and Llewellyn Rhys awards, and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He lectures on literary translation in Milan, writes for publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, and his many translations from the Italian include works by Moravia, Calvino, Calasso, Tabucchi and Machiavelli.
This is a journey around Italy by train, full of humorous and insightful observations on what the railways and their travellers reveal about the country. In Italian Ways, bestselling writer Tim Parks brings us a fresh portrait of Italy today through a wry account of his train journeys around the country. Whether describing his daily commute from Milan to Verona, his regular trips to Florence and Rome, or his occasional sojourns to Naples and Sicily, Parks uses his thirty years of amusing and maddening experiences on Italian trains to reveal what he calls the 'charmingly irritating dystopian paradise' of Italy. Through memorable encounters with ordinary Italians - conductors and ticket collectors, priests and prostitutes, scholars and lovers, gypsies and immigrants - Parks captures what makes Italian life distinctive. Italian Ways also explores how trains helped build Italy and how the railways reflect Italians' sense of themselves from Garibaldi to Mussolini to Berlusconi and beyond. Most of all, Italian Ways is an entertaining attempt to capture the essence of modern Italy.