Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. From his temporary home in the leafy suburbs of An Italian Discovers the U.S. by [Severgnini, Beppe] . The book is actually an English version of Un italiano in America now with a postscript five. : An Italian in America (): Beppe Severgnini: Books. Un Italiano in America (Italian Edition) Paperback. out of 5 stars 4. When Beppe Severgnini and his wife rented a creaky house in Georgetown they Tutto ha inizio con le aspettative disattese di un italiano medio che emigra.

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The chapters are vignettes, now dated. Un popolo pratico, uno spirito orgoglioso delle proprie feste e recenti tradizione. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. He just doesn’t “sound” like any Italian I’ve met warm, funny, charming and I’ve been to Italy 5x. That concept is alien to American culture so many of your jokes will not be understood. It’s impolite to bid your host goodbye and leave right away.

Leave, and come back in October. I often look up words I don’t know the meaning of but I didn’t sevetgnini this time, thinking i’ll never see these words again. It needed an American editor.

Dec 24, Ester Elbert rated it it was amazing. We now have coffee bars almost nonexistent in DC inexcept at Borders book stores. But I think what I’m getting at xevergnini and I apologize for my consumer-centric examples is that they don’t always take everything so seriously over there.

Although the audience is clearly Italians, I did my fair share of laughing at how incredibly normal some of the italliano were. Unfortunately, I think Bill Bryson did a far better job of it.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Most sport handkerchiefs tied pirate-style around their heads. I resisted the urge to make these edits myself, though.

Un italiano in America : Beppe Severgnini :

I bought the English version “Ciao, America” and read the two side by side to improve my Italian comprehension. The author pales in comparison to Bill Bryson.

Two minutes later the head waiter will notice that yours is the only table in the restaurant without a bucket of iced water. All of which, as the author says, are standardized in America to a degree that would be unthinkable in Europe.

Un italiano in America

Italians will find it funny that Americans keep their buildings as cold as a refrigerator in the summer, and that Italians like to complain about it. I don’t like chatting with salespeople, and if I’m ordering food at a counter but I’m not ready yet, I’d rather they went ahead and helped the person behind me.

The traveling family would only meet tourists and then, only briefly. Don’t get me wrong, I love to learn new words, but the haughty diction didn’t seem to go with the light content.

He doesn’t really seemed to have explored anything outside the bubble of the upper-middle class city dwellers he was ensconced in while he was here, and there is so much more to our culture italjano that. In that sense, I don’t believe he really “discovered the U. Read more Read less. So things can be a little baffling, but try not to get so worked up over it.


Ciao, America!: An Italian Discovers the U.S. by Beppe Severgnini

For example, he talks a lot about AmericaOnLine and Compuserve — wow, those are super-old and no longer have anything to do with Americans, or any other country! E mi sono trovato ad andare al bar con il Kindle per leggerlo ancora.

You repulse him as well. Head bowed, you accept defeat. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. This sevetgnini bother me one darn bit and I found it hilarious but I can see other folks from other parts of the country saying, “This doesn’t describe me at ihaliano I found it laugh-out-loud in a lot of places, and also liked recognizing certain things that I’ve heard other foreigners complain about too such as getting a credit card in the US — bc they don’t have a credit history here yet — but it’s hard to get a credit history, if they cannot get a credit card!

The account of Severgnini’s year-long stint in the U. The more I’ve traveled, the more I’ve realized we’re all human and we’re all basically the same yeah, yeah, nothing new This book is fun to read if you’ve just come back from Italy and people are asking you “what’s different over there?