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    DescriptionTim Parks s books on Italy have been hailed as "so vivid, so packed with delectable details, [they] serve as a more than decent substitute for the real thing" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Now, in his first Italian travelogue in a decade, he delivers a charming and funny portrait of Italian ways by riding its trains from Verona to Milan, Rome to Palermo, and right down to the heel of Italy. Parks begins as any traveler might: "A train is a train is a train, isn t it?" But soon he turns his novelist s eye to the details, and as he journeys through majestic Milano Centrale station or on the newest high-speed rail line, he delivers a uniquely insightful portrait 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: an obsession with speed but an acceptance of slower, older ways; a blind eye toward brutal architecture amid grand monuments; and an undying love of a good argument and the perfect cappuccino. Italian Ways also explores how trains helped build Italy and how their development reflects 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. As Parks writes, "To see the country by train is to consider the crux of the essential Italian dilemma: Is Italy part of the modern world, or not?""

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    Italian Ways
    On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tim Parks
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393239324
    ISBN 10: 0393239322

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DST
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: WTL, WGF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 800
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Ingram Subject Code: TR
    Libri: I-TR
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    BISAC V2.8: TRV009110
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    BIC subject category V2: 1DST
    B&T Approval Code: A35302500
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    DC23: 914.5049312
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    BISAC V2.8: TRV035000
    DC22: 385/.220945
    LC classification: DG430.2 .P37 2013
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    Thema V1.0: WGF, WTL
    Illustrations note
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    16 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    Charming and fascinating. --Alexander Stille"