La Bella Figura has ratings and reviews. Michael Goldman said: While I learned that as an overthinker who flies by the seat of his pants when t. The journalist Beppe Severgnini offers a witty, insightful view of Italy, where red lights and tax laws are viewed as advisory only. La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind. Beppe Severgnini, Author, Giles Watson, Translator. Broadway $ (p) ISBN.

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La Bella Figura proves that twenty-first-century Italians are more complicated than we thought.

Sort of like Europeans. And Beppe loves them all. A keen observer of human nature, [he watches] his compatriots with amused insight.

This wonderfully funny and perceptive book. What a pity it took so long to get here, but what a joy that it is here at last. He is the author of the international bestseller Ciao, America! He lives with his family in Crema, on the outskirts of Milan.

La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

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Although La Bella Figura will take you to legendary cities and scenic regions, your real destinations are the places where Italians are at their best, worst, and most authentic: Who cares if the beautiful girls hawking cell phones in airport kiosks stick you with an outdated model? From north to south. From food to politics. From saintliness to sexuality. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.

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Seveggnini try again later. This is an incredibly funny look into the Italian mindset. Hella I read this book, I find myself laughing out loud at some of the descriptions and situations.

As an Italian-American, I also see the truth of what Mr. Severgnini has written and can definitely see the qualities and tendencies not always positive he describes in members of my family I’m not sure if being Italian makes this so amusing to me, or if non-Italians also would find this as funny. Either way, I’m enjoying this book immensely. Bought this book as a requirement for an Italian culture class and was pleasantly surprised!

It’s a super funny and interesting take on Italian culture. I loved the voice of the narrator whose writing is extremely engaging. Will definitely reread when I finally get to take a trip to Italy!

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I was disappointed in this book. It didn’t really hold my interest. I thought many of the observations were either stereotypical or could apply to people anywhere. No new insights for those who have traveled to Italy. One person found this helpful. Written in Beppe Severgnini’s inimitable style, severgnin book appears to be a guide to Milan beginning with the airport, but is in fact the occasion for many humorous observations by an Italian about what it feels like to be an Italian.

Be,la times, the style, in translation at oa, is a bit choppy as the essays deliver comic note after comic note on the subject at hand. And yet the voice is ultimately engaging, and the mindset, which is what this book is about, is communicated very creatively. I don’t feel I’m learning A little too jokey. I don’t feel I’m learning a lot. This is a really funny book and lets you inside the mind of an Italian! This is an eye opening book that shares some of the cultural differences between Italians and other cultures.


I appreciated the thoroughness and the journey one takes traveling as presented in the text. This book prepared me for my trip to Italy! Learning about the various differences in culture, I gleaned a better understanding of the uniqueness of Italian life.

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