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An Italian Home: Settling by Lake Como

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    Paul Wright(Author)
What is it like for a foreigner to live and work in a village in Northern Italy, and become part of the community? How tough is it to leave your home country and settle in a new one? What do you have to do to be accepted by the people who live in a village by Lake Como, which has existed for over five hundred years? Award-winning artist and stage designer Paul Wright and his partner Nicola found out the hard way, struggling through nightmarish and obstructive Italian bureaucracy, but relishing their life as they worked, played, ate and drank alongside the residents of a beautiful, quiet lakeside village. Enjoy Paul's dry Liverpool sense of humour as he conveys a vivid word picture of life beside the lake with their colourful and resourceful neighbours.
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  • PDF | 264 pages
  • Paul Wright(Author)
  • Earlswood Press (14 July 2011)
  • English
  • 6
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  • By Ann1936 on 11 August 2017

    Very interesting about life in Italy

  • By Guest on 29 March 2017

    Gives you an insight into Italian life.

  • By Monica (Vancouver,Canada) on 26 October 2011

    In his book "An Italian Home", Paul Wright describes how a discussion with his wife leads them on an adventure into the Italian way of life, which brings them many joys, some pitfalls, and the company of real life characters that entertain and delight. The Author reports some challenges with the Italian language, and his frustration is clearly felt by the reader, but with British determination and much prompting from his wife they manage to assimilate into the local community with surprising ease.The beauty of the scenery around Lake Como and the picturesque towns in the area are described from the view of a true artist. Italian life at its most spontaneous and dramatic is appreciated in its very real moments by a couple that know how to enjoy the simple things in life. Perhaps there's a lesson here? To live life more fully in the moment! The characters in this book sure know how to enjoy life!(Bye the way, take a good look at the watercolour scene on the book jacket; you may find the details more interesting as you finish the book. An amusing touch!)

  • By Alf Romeo on 10 March 2014

    My wife and I are long standing Italiaophiles and when I saw this book I new I had to read it, and was not disappointed.It's an absolute must read written by an artist with a finely tuned eye. Paul Wright is a natural story teller and I hope there’s a film made or he writes a sequel so I can relive the experience of what it must be like to live in a medieval village on the shores of Lake Como.‘An Italian Home’ is an impressive, honest and humorous account of what ‘living-the-life’ in Northern Italy is all about and it made me very envious I am unlikely to ever share it. Wright’s story is a diagnostic tale written by a man who has been an Italian resident for nearly a quarter of a century and it soon becomes obvious he knows his stuff.In the past I have read travel writers who hardly ever ‘touch-the-surface’ mainly because they have never resided in the place or country they are trying to communicate, consequently their stories are generally unbelievable and without substance: But this is not the case with Wright’s profile because he tells his story with an extraordinary insight that includes laugh-out-loud-humour - and on two of those times I was on a train in Austria, so they brought me some quizzical stares from fellow passengers.This is a narrative, non-fiction book that tells us what it is really like to live in Italy. It is not a sentimental journey into inane romance or the fantastical a lot of foreigners behold when they deliberate on Italy. Rather, I gained the impression that all the stories are true, and some of them were hard earned and there are many of them.I thought it might be illustrated but it doesn’t need to be because the characters are portrayed so well they are visible. If I could speak Italian I would love the opportunity to converse with them in one of the many bars, restaurants and village festivals they gather because they would undoubtedly embrace me with a glass of bianco sporco. Thereby allowing me to relish ‘living-the-life’ the way it is meant to be lived, at least for a few poignant moments.

  • By Ms. P. Williams on 23 January 2012

    The book arrived extraordinarily quickly, which is rather ironic as I was hoping it would take a few more days, as I'm currently living on a building site and up to my neck in DIY, therefore having more pressing things to occupy me, other than indulging in a good read.I was determined to use the book as a treat for carrying out various tasks - plaster or paint a wall, read a couple of chapters, then drill 28 holes in my kitchen cupboard doors, read some more, affix the door handles and so on.By chapter three I was losing the battle, as this evocative story of an artist and his partner settling in a foreign land had totally hooked me. My next few meals consisted of anything I could prepare and eat with one hand, whilst firmly clutching the book in the other! The warm descriptive writing invited me into and around the area of Nicola and Paul's adopted home, the picturesque Italian village of Moltrasio, lost in a time warp by Lake Como. The narrative led me through the highs and lows and the bureaucracy (contrary to EU legislation) they encountered en route, when others lacking in their fortitude and tenacity would have packed their bags and left in despair.Paul and Nicola threw themselves wholeheartedly into the local community, perhaps to a point where they were exploited. Even so, their hard work paid off and they were rewarded many times over by the warmth, kindness and generosity of the villagers. The descriptions of some of these events had me laughing out loud, especially Nicola's encounter with the lazy, lecherous policeman and her faux pas regarding the fig tree in the garden of the house they rented. Even though (unlike Paul at that point) she was/is fluent in the language, some of the nuances had eluded her and in conversation she embarrassingly dug herself deeper into the mire as the bemused Paul looked on, totally oblivious to the meaning of her words. There are many such anecdotes descriptively told by the author as he engages the reader in village life over a period of 14 years.I am unlikely to visit Moltrasio where they first settled, or Argegno where they currently live at their B & B on the shores of the lake, but Paul's colourful writing has certainly whetted my appetite (literally and metaphorically) to experience rural Italy, the people, the beautiful landscape, food, wine and traditions, so I shall certainly be adding that part of the world to my bucket list if my circumstances change. I feel I already know the characters in the book, not least the clever, compassionate and multi-talented Nicola, of whom Paul (clearly) is so proud.I think this vibrant book would make a very good movie, especially the way it is rounded off so nicely at the end - definitely a `feel-good' film! Paul's descriptions of the place and the people are exquisite, so it seems rather churlish of me to say I wish the book contained some photographs.PS - I will be buying another copy (at least) to send as a gift.

  • By Stella W on 13 October 2011

    Moving to another country to live bears little resemblance to a two week package holiday because, ultimately, you must beable to communicate with the locals on a daily basis in their own language. This is a primary need if you are to be acceptedinto (in this case) an Italian village.This is a lively book full of anecdotes, good and bad experiences and humour but it is also a valuable, and informal manifesto about surviving and enjoying living in foreign countries and the necessary skills for gaining the trust and friendship of the, initially, sceptical villagers.Melbourne

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