Four Seasons in Rome

Four Seasons in Rome

On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

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Anthony Doerr has received many awards ́?? from the New York Public Library, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Library Association. Then came the Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and with it a stipend and a writing studio in Rome for a year. Doerr learned of the award the day he and his wife returned from the hospital with newborn twins. Exquisitely observed, Four Seasons in Rome describes Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats ́?? the chroniclers of Rome who came before him ́?? and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighborhood, whose clamor of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself. This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood, and a fascinating story of a writer's craft ́?? the process by which he transforms what he sees and experiences into sentences.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442394988
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (6 hr., 17 min., 44 sec.)) : digital
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Call Number: eAudio

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Nov 30, 2018

5 stars for descriptions of every day life in a Rome. More of this, please. 1 star for too much Daddy and baby stories. As if he’s the first man to have kids.

JCLJoyceM Oct 18, 2017

An up-close view of John Paul II's funeral and the complications of being a man with little knowledge of the Italian language, as he frustratedly asks for "grapefruit sauce" when he wanted "tomato sauce." This is complicated as well by the new challenges of fatherhood, of twins no less.


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Aug 01, 2016

If you love Italy and, more importantly, if you have ever experienced raising small children and the intensity it brings, you will very much appreciate and enjoy this book. Anthony Doerr, won a scholarship to work on his upcoming novel in Rome, complete with stipend and living expenses. Although ideal in every sense of the word, this opportunity followed several months after the birth of his twin sons, Henry and Owen. The family decided to go through with the adventure, however, and moved to Rome for a year, not knowing the language, culture, or much else! What a wonderful and at times intimidating adventure they experienced. Doerr's wonderfully atmospheric writing, captures perfectly what it feels like to experience the beauty and intensity that is Italy (not to mention parenthood). Highly recommend.


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