Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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

I just loved this book. I have always wanted to travel overseas and in fact I plan to do so in the next two years.

Anthony Doerr had a chance of a lifetime when he was awarded a fellowship in order to write a book. The opportunity offered allowed him adn his wife and young sonsto live in Rome with a stipend and a writing studio for a whole year. So, everyone packs up and goes to Europe.

Doerr's love for the city and its culture comes out in his writing. He describes some of the buildings so well that you feel as though you are a part of the experience.Everything about being in a foreign land where you don't know the language was magnified by the fact that they were new parents with twin boys. That fact makes this a delightfully funny book with memorable scenes that will cause you to laugh out loud and the beauty of Rome is in much of the details.

This is a good travel book as well as a wonderful story. After reading about the families experience I can't wait to go.

5 Stars

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