Leavitt is informative, but mostly alternates between being a drab and a bore focussing much on his own interest of the city - the expat anglo-florentines - their quirks and squabbles. For a book that's supposedly about Florence, the author spends the majority of his time on the Anglo-Florence community rather than the local population, leaving this book as yet another example of the English taking the spotlight instead of the locals. I understand this subject is pertinent to the author, but it felt out of place here. Her black fig leaf pulls all attentions toward it like a vanishing point, her flight from lust inciting what it seeks to repel. I'm torn, this book is well researched and quotes extensively from historical and literary works but the very first thing it tells me is that Florence is a popular destination for suicides and always has been.
Lesser-known episodes in Florentine history - the moving of Michelangelo's David, and the construction of temporary bridges by black American soldiers in the wake of the Second World War - are contrasted with images of Florence today its vast pizza parlors and tourist culture. What is it about Florence that has made it so fascinating-and so repellent-to artists and writers over the years? I found this book an informative read. Leavitt also examines the city's portrayal in such novels and films as A Room with a View, The Portrait of a Lady and Tea with Mussolini. Jahrhunderts werden nicht nur thematisiert — Leavitt schreibt über kaum etwas anderes. Not always fairly judged though, just because it is not a city guide and you will be disappointed if that is what you expect. To capture the reader's attention, the book starts with a cheap literary ploy: 'Florence has always been a popular destination for suicides', a claim which Leavitt manifestly fails to substantiate. Leavitt is a graduate of Yale University and a professor at the University of Florida, where he is the co-director of the creative writing program.
Why has Florence always drawn so many English and American visitors? She was preceded in death by: Parents — Willard and Jennie Stackhouse Harper; Husband who died July 22, 1981 — Harold W. Why has Florence always drawn so many English and American visitors? And it's not about the art, either. This narrative considers the appeal of Florence to figures as diverse as Tchaikovsky, E. Why has Florence always drawn so many English and American visitors? I'm torn, this book is well researched and quotes extensively from historical and literary works but the very first thing it tells me is that Florence is a popular destination for sui I've always wanted to visit Florence, now I'm not so sure. These are 2 and 3 in the series. If you like, it's the idea of Flor Well I liked it.
Das Ernüchternde an dem Band ist: Die englischen teils amerikanischen Bewohner von Florenz vom Ende des 19. Moving between present and past, Leavitt's narrative limns the history of the foreign colony from its origins in the middle of the nineteenth century until its demise under Mussolini, and considers the appeal of Florence to figures as diverse as Tchaikovsky, E. Okay, so it probably helped me that I'd at least heard of most of the people he discusses, and was pleasantly surprised to find my vague impression that it was a haven for gay and lesbian self-exiles confirmed so nicely and at such length. Leavitt in August of 1940. If you want sumptuous pictures of the Pitti Palace, buy a picture book. Not the best narrative woven in Florence.
Dust jackets show mild shelfwear. Looking at him, you finally understand why sculptors fought over blocks of white Carrara marble. What about Florence has made it so fascinating and so repellent - to artists and writers over the years? At the turn of the century, the Anglo-American population numbered more than thirty thousand. If you're after up to date facts and figures, forget it. Поразительно, но от книги о Флоренции казалось бы следует ожидать повествования о городе, ведь правильно я понимаю? As if by there being four or five renowned lesbian inhabitants amongst the far more numerous gay males, they were forming a disproportionately large segment of the population! It's more the Florence of the outsider's imagination. Why have men and women fleeing sex scandal traditionally settled here? Why has Florence always drawn so many English and American visitors? Moving fleetly between present and past and exploring characters both real and fictional, Leavitt's narrative limns the history of the foreign colony from its origins in the middle of the nineteenth century until its demise under Mussolini, and considers the appeal of Florence to figures as diverse as Tchaikovsky, E. No writer can afford to be so polite, if he hopes to be remembered as anything other than a 'character.
In the section of further reading David Leavitt describes another book as ill-tempered and opinionated. I found that quite odd. Bookseller: , British Columbia, Canada London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2002. Highly subjective and impressionistic, essay style, full of historical and pop references. I got it out as a way to introduce myself to Florence Italy before my trip in a few weeks but it was nothing like I thought - hoped - it would be. In 1995, Houghton Mifflin published a revised version of While England Sleeps with a preface by the author addressing the novel's controversy. The third in the critically-acclaimed Writer and the City Series-in which some of the world's finest novelists reveal the secrets of the cities they know best-Florence is a lively account of expatriate life in the 'city of the lily'.
If you want sumptuous pictures of the Pitti Palace, buy a picture book. I found the chapter on homosexuality in Florence interesting, but a tiny phrase let it down. First dozen pages make it clear that this was not commissioned by the Florence tourism bureau or chamber of commerce; and if it was they would be suing. Chapter five is more personal Leavitt and his partner moved to Florence at some time in the nineties. Meine Kritik richtet sich dabei weniger gegen Leavitt, der das Buch sicher in einem anderen Kontext geschrieben hat, als gegen den Verlag, der das Buch für eine Reihe ausgewählt hat, von der ich persönlich mehr übergreifende Informationen erwarte. Forster, Ronald Firbank, and Mary McCarthy.
Hard cover with dust jacket. Burial will take place in Forrestville Cemetery in Summitville. Why has Florence always drawn so many English and American visitors? A herm, half human, half tree, is the piazza's pin-up girl. At the turn of the century, the Anglo-American population numbered more than thirty thousand. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.
Only five chapters, and almost none of them on Florence. It was not, however, a colony in which they wanted to participate; they were in search of 'the Florence of the Florentines'. Very minimal wear and tear. If you like, it's the idea of Florence that people have flocked to in the hopes of finding since the Grand Tourists in the C18th. What about Florence has made it so fascinating and so repellent - to artists and writers over the years? About Florence 'Florence is the only European city I can think of whose most famous citizens, at least in the last 150 years or so, have all been foreigners. David Leavitt brings the wonders and mysteries of Florence alive, illuminating why it is, and always has been, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. At least it had a list of recommended readings, and it never claimed credit for anything he hadn't come up with.