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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As people were saying, this is not a book that you want to read in order to “get the knowledge of Italy” under your belt before you travel. She’ll have very little makeup, and no jewelry. Oct 01, Rochelle rated it did not like it.

Or is it a red sevegnini an intersection?

Generation Next Oli White. They are stunned by the fireworks display that is the Italian mind.

The British attendant stiffens. As I read this book, I find myself laughing out loud at some of be;pe descriptions and situations. Mister Memory Marcus Sedgwick. From saintliness to sexuality. Generally, those things are unpredictable. It’s not a funny book, either, despite what some reviewers and the jacket copy might say.


Some things have changed in our Italy. We’ll experience the solitude of the soccer stadium, and realize how crowded the bedroom feels.

La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

So it’s not a red, it’s an “almost red,” a “relative red. We think about it for a bit, then we go. I bought it to read about the Italian culture and tradition and how life is like in Italy. I can’t decide how I feel about this bellq.

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They’re for cars, bags, and cosmetics. They describe a disturbing country populated by unreliable individuals and governed by a public administration from hell. I expected to experience the landscapes of Italia as well as the stories behind their characteristics, turned out the author only bragged about some minor things that were over-generalized about Italians.

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While I learned a couple of possibly useful tidbits, like the table fee at restaurants and the fact that pedestrians are more like target practice for drivers, overall I felt like this was written with SWEEPING generalizations. When many Italians see a stoplight, their brain perceives no prohibition Red!


I can now look at Italy fugura as Italiawhich has its share of political strife, an erratic history of genius and disaster, arguments between North and South, and yet maintains a welcoming National character and a devotion to itself that rivals other great nations. Jan 31, Jean Pham rated it did not like it.

If you want to know severnini about Italia, I’d recommend starting with the epilogue to this book. I don’t feel I’m learning We are prepared to give up a lot for the sake of beauty, even when it doesn’t come in a miniskirt.

Being an American completely in love with Italy rolling amber hills, strong architecture, astounding artisitic geniusI found myself rethinking my view of this country.

Only in Italian does there exist an expression like fare bella figura. This book was full of the kinds of generalisation about Italy that I might have expected from Neither very enlightening nor very funny, this book does NOT do what it says on the tin.