Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.8 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Tim Parks is the author of more than twenty novels and works of nonfiction. His novels include Europa, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent work of nonfiction is Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo. His essays have appeared regularly in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, for which he blogs. He lives in Milan, Italy.


This mix of piercing social observation and undying affection for Italy is classic Parks.--Rachel Donadio
Parks really shines. He gives us a country that is as frustrating as it is endlessly fascinating.--Marjorie Kehe
Incisive [and] hilarious.--Alexander Aciman
Relaxed, humorous, meandering [and] charming.--Brigitte Frase
A movable feast to say the least.--Richard Eder
Fascinating [and] droll.... Parks [is] perhaps the most faithful foreign inamorato Italy has ever had.--Andrea Lee
Presents a picture of Italy you won't get from any tourist board... sympathetic and lively.--Micahel Upchurch
Tim Parks has reinvented the narrative of the train journey with an epic voyage into the essence of Italy itself. With a novelist's keen eye he mines absurdity and deep meaning from small, overlooked moments and gestures.--Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic
This is the best book I've ever read about Italy. Never have I encountered a more insightful and hilarious insider/outsider portrait of the country at the center of Western civilization. Tim Parks should be given a villa in Rome and the title of English ambassador.--Sean Wilsey, author of Oh the Glory of It All
Engrossing, entertaining, and wonderfully revealing about the country and its people. It makes perfect armchair travelling - a delight from beginning to end.--David Lodge, author of Changing Places
Delightful [and] hilarious.... Combining wonderfully evocative prose with a wry analysis, Parks provides local color while continually seeking hidden social meaning.... The result is a fascinating portrait of a society that seems rooted in place no matter how fast it goes.
[Parks is] a perfect guide--an outsider, but one with a deep familiarity and respect (plus a dash of exasperated skepticism)--to the country's celebrated eccentricities. Parks has a charming voice and a novelist's eye.--Chloë Schama