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Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo von [Parks, Tim]
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"All Italy is here, its history, its character, its flaws" (Sunday Times)

"A treat equivalent to a ride on the Orient Express" (Wall Street Journal)

"Like the best train journeys, you don't want it to end" (New Statesman)

"A very funny hosanna to Italian railroad locomotion in all its rackety glory" (Evening Standard, Books of the Year)

"Parks has the keenest of eyes for the telling of amusing detail ... He remains the best interpreter of Italian ways in Italy" (Sunday Herald)

"Tim Parks has written a book about Italian railways that is engrossing, entertaining, and wonderfully revealing about the country and its people. It makes perfect armchair travelling - a delight from beginning to end" (David Lodge)

"The book is, as Tim Parks says, a search for the Italian character, which he evokes in dozens of gorgeously written scenes; but beyond that Parks is exploring the dynamic between tradition and innovation... Underneath everything, Parks is trying to come to a point of loving the world in all its confusion and frustration, and by the book's end he does, he does. Bravo" (David Shields)

"This latest peg on which to hang another ruminative book about the character of Italy provides Parks with a first-class ticket to ride as a lively, erudite raconteur in salty daily negotiation with what he calls a 'dystopian paradise'" (Iain Finlayson The Times)

"With Paul Theroux apparently winding down, there might be an opening for Parks as a new laureate of international railways" (Andrew Martin Observer)

"Parks is also a railway enthusiast and this delightful book is the story of his love-hate relationship with Italian trains" (Literary Review)

"This is not a "railway book" in any conventional sense. It is sharp-eyed and sharp-tongued about the absurdities of 'Italian ways'" (John Lloyd Financial Times)

"Over thirty years living among the Italians, [Parks] has developed an acute eye for their idiosyncrasies and, over the course of three previous books on Italy, he has created a style sharp and subtle enough to evoke them. As an inglese italianizatto insider-outsider he brings an ideal dual perspective. It is this double vision (along with his superb style) that elevates Parks's books way above other recent Anglo-Saxon portraits of Italy. [it] adds in turn to the long tradition of excellent English writing on Italy established by Hazlitt, Lawrence and Norman Lewis" (Thomas Wright Daily Telegraph)

"Compelling. Parks conveys a detailed, dense, oppressive sense of the inadequacies and idiosyncrasies of the national rail system.but Parks's railway system in the end links families, reuniting Italian mamas with prodigal sons, and provides a wonderful space for the earwigging of intimate arguments conducted, as ever, on the telefonino" (Emma Townshend Independent on Sunday)

"Tim Parks' detailed descriptions will leave you rocking to the thrum of the tracks, and come dotted with his often bizarre but always comical experiences en route" (Daisy Cropper Wanderlust)

"A hybrid of travel and cultural history.and very amusing it is too. Parks has done Lecce and all Italy proud in this eccentric hosanna to railroad locomotion" (Ian Thomson Evening Standard)

"Italian Ways gracefully tells you an enormous amount about Italy and its trains. Parks is also very funny, a master of the dry aside" (Nick Rider Sunday Express)

"Closely observed and often amusing" (Thomas Jones Guardian)

"An entertaining look at Italian railways, the people who run them and the people who travel on them. Wry, thoughtful, funny, serious and cleverly capturing the essence of modern Italy, it is perfect armchair travelling" (Simon Evans Choice)

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A journey around Italy by train, full of humorous and insightful observations on what the railways and their travellers reveal about the country

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2492 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 288 Seiten
  • Verlag: W. W. Norton & Company; Auflage: 1 (10. Juni 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00AR354EC
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Eines der amüsantesten Bücher, das ich je - auf meinem Kindle, in der U-Bahn - gelesen habe.
Abgesehen von der oft ironisch bis satirischen Perspektive des engl. Autors auf die italienische Mentalität...
erfährt man auch echt viel über die italienische Eisenbahn....ihre "Begründung" durch Garibaldi bis zu ihren
heutigen Defiziten (vor allem den finanziellen).
DB-Fahrer könnten wundervoll Vergleiche anstellen....
Einfach ein schönes Buch!
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Origineller Ansatz : mit subjektiven Erfahrungen auf der Eisenbahn Mentalitäten darstellen. & da der Autor nicht nur viel mit der Bahn unterwegs ist, sondern dabei auch fleißig & aufmerksam liest, u. a. Maggis Buch über le Ferrovie, gelangt er über seine Subjektivität hinaus.
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Gefällt mir die Mischung aus Info und Beschreibung der italienischen Eigenheiten. Ich lebe erst seit 5 Jäheren richtig dort, (in Sizilien!) aber habe kichernd vieles wiedererkannt. Nette Ferienlektüre!
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buchinhalt sehr intressant, erhaltenszustand schlechter als angegeben - Wasserschäden und Riss in der buchklappe, sollte angeblich neuwertig sein, hatte starke Benutzungsspure
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Joyless Englishman Sort of Has Fun Anyway 9. Juli 2015
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Tim Parks does a fun job of getting us all around Italy. It is a shame he is such a sourpuss. One would love for him to take delight in what is around him, but he mostly finds fault with the Italian Rail system. Well, not even exactly the Italian rail system---more egregiously, with Italians, which has a way of seeming a bit racist, or at least elitist. He makes little effort to understand the emotional life of the people around him. A dry sort, at times you wish he had co-written this book with someone with blood in their veins who was actually happy to be alive.
I gave this book four stars instead of three, which is what it really deserves, because in spite of the bitter old man routine, Italian Ways is very well written and somehow, a page turner. What also aided my read was I had just returned from Positano (one of the most wonderful towns on earth...for pleasure) and Ariano Irpino (In Campania, where I met eight Italian cousins...for the first time). I had wanted to read this book before I visited Southern Italy but did Not Get to it until after I returned. It was a weird, but satisfying way to savor Italy again. Read this book if you like trains and Italy. If you like trains and Italy and an odd, cool narrator, you'll have the time of your life.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Italian trains and Italian minds combined into one book 24. November 2013
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The title is brilliant as it conveys two aspects of the book written by Tim Parks. It tells us how the Italian railways run by Trenitalia operates and also how the Italian psyche can be seen from this angle. Hence the name chosen for the novel has duality associated with it. Tim Parks has lived in Italy for a great part of his life. He was not born an Italian but he is Italian now after adopted the country as his home. Given his writing style, he is the right person to educate us about the Italian ways.

If you live in Europe, public transport plays an important part in your daily life. In the category of public transports, the trains are a major player - be it traveling inside the city or to adjoining cities or even to far flung places. Tim Parks details this important utility in life from the point of view of a frequent traveler. He has spent a considerable amount of his life in trains. But how does this all work? Is anyone making profit out of this enterprise? How are the fares structured if a virtual break-journey can take you to point A to point B in lesser price than taking a direct ticket? Why does ticket inspectors act authoritatively and then turn a blind eye to people traveling without a valid ticket? How is it that you end up with no seat even when you have a reservation? Why does train stations resemble a shopping mall after renovation? Why do you have to travel endlessly before you can get to platform serving inter-city service from a intra-city service?

Tim Parks provide a lot of insights with respect to Italian railways. Like I mentioned earlier, if you live in Europe, these questions might have crossed your mind. The best part is the answers to these questions. Some of the answers might have been obvious ones which we have overlooked. What makes these answers more interesting is the commonality of this with other countries where trains play a major role. In the developing countries, this will soon catch up.

I have a lot of Italian friends. That is one of the reasons to pick this book up. It ended up a thoroughly enjoyable read. If you do not have Italian friends, you can still pick it up if you love trains or train journeys.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not a Foreign Experience 23. Juli 2013
Von James F. Vano - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As a second-generation Italian-American, when I first visited the former homeland of my immigrant grandparents' in ciociaria, I felt a stir, like I had come home. That is the same feeling I had reading Tim Parks' Italian Ways. The book was recommended by "The Smiling Eggplant." It did not disappoint.

I could identify with so many of Parks' observations on the Italian psyche - and his experiences with the ticket vending and validation machines. At times, I laughed out loud. I couldn't help myself. When I tried to read some passages aloud to my son, I would start laughing so hard the words I tried to repeat became unintelligible.

This is not a book about trains, although there is a great deal of interesting and, perhaps, useful information about Italian railway nuances included. It is a book about many universal themes, including variations on the sense of smell. That, of course, is what makes it art. It is by no means an anti-Italian or mean-spirited book in any way. Yes, he draws fun from stereotypical behaviors, but shows us the soul of Italy - its people. Everyone can criticize their government - any government. Parks points out so many instances where the Italian governments, the railway system, beurocracies and beurocrats of all types give folks plenty to criticize and bemoan. But, he shows us a railway that can homogenize a still very parochial people - all with the same kinds of passion, loyalties, hopes, frustrations, disappointments, and their matchless Italian ability to accommodate and rise above those systemic irritants. His railway brings a realization that things do not need to be the way they are - they just are, for now.

Parks is a likeable and readable passenger with a wonderfully twisted eye for detail. He takes so many human encounters on life's railway and weaves them into the uniquely Italian experience, it is hard to believe he is uno straniero. I suppose thirty years in the country should do that to a person. The voice is so Italian. Ya gotta love him, even if you have to allow him a little hurried self-indulgent meditation/relaxation at the end of the book - for which he was late. After all that he has been through, he deserves it.

I highly recommend this easy and enjoyable ride while you wait to accumulate più soldi for your next trip to Italia. You'll love your fellow travellers, unless of course they've soiled their britches or something. You will find most definitely a little Italian within yourself. It is just plain fun.
5.0 von 5 Sternen The Italian Bella Figura: Put on a good 'front' 31. Juli 2013
Von Steve Gio - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am not even finished reading Parks' book about seeing and experiencing Italy by train: I confess though, about 75% completed. This is one of those "I could not put it down" titles---something I would rarely venture to say about a work of non-fiction. Many times I was wiping the tears of laughter from my eyes . My non-Italian partner would look at me as though I had finally cracked up and 'gone over to the other side.'

Perhaps because I am a second generation Italian American who was fortunate to have older family members around when I was younger, those born/raised in Italy, some as early as 1878, and being raised in a now long gone "Little Italy' in Chicago, this book had me howling with laughter, understanding and repeatedly saying, "si, si, e vero!" (yes, yes, all true!) Having been to Italy to see relatives several times over 40 years, Parks captures the essence of Italianismo---which can occasionally drive Americans, Brits and Germans 'pazzo' (nuts).

The Brits, have had a love affair with sunny and warm Italy from the 19th century Romantic poets on forward. However, they are always "English" no matter how long they reside in Italy, no matter how fluently they speak textbook Italian, minus regional dialect. The Italians are not precise Anglo-Saxons. This Parks understands and respects, even though as a resident foreigner who teaches in University, his Anglo-Saxon frustration with Italian 'bella figura' of putting on a proper appearance, a 'good face' even under the most obscure and negative circumstances, is vital to understanding Italian culture and the importance of 'respect'.

His descriptions of the evolution of train travel, far from being tedious or boring, is fascinating at times as well as comically hysterical. I suppose because I understand elementary Italian, I found myself laughing to tears at the folly and non sequiturs of Italian laws and "regulations" regarding train tickets and travel. Nevertheless one does not need to know Italian at all to appreciate this good 'outsider/insider' non-Italian analysis of the train system as it reflects Italian society: maddeningly slow and illogical at times, yet superbly sleek, modern and fast. From a fat, mortadella reeking passenger chomping into a huge sandwich and who belches and loves to hear himself complain theatrically about how 'miserable' the train station personnel made his life, to young Italian college students who enjoy the 'Gotcha!" moment at which the Brit outfoxes the imperious and self-important train conductor, this perspective of Italy from trains is a welcome departure from the usual geographic reveries about the joys and frustrations of Italian life: from business-centered high fashion Milano to the sing-song patter of Palermo merchants in Sicily, I give Parks' creative approach to Italy five thumbs up and a resounding "Bravissimo!"
5.0 von 5 Sternen "Beautiful Respite" 22. Juli 2013
Von David R. Anderson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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How do others see us? What makes that question so interesting? Perhaps it's the fact that strangers are willing to take an objective look at the character flaws we tend to ignore on the theory that it's best to let well enough alone. When the stains build up to the point where it's time to take our national persona to the cleaner, along comes a book that does just that. Francesco Liberti's "An Italian in America (2001) did just that in a friendly, tongue in cheek way. Now Tim Parks, an Englishman who has lived the last 30 years of his life in Italy, has done much the same for that country.

Call it a travel book, cultural anthropology, or memoir -- it's more than a little of each - "Italian Ways Off and On the Rails from Milan to Palermo" belongs on every first time traveler's to Italy reading list, particularly if the trip involves train travel. As one whose Italian travel came before "Italian Ways" was published, reading it, I often wished that I had had the benefit of it as we tried to find the right platform for the 4:10 to Verona, and similar puzzles in other stations.

Parks, who has written other accounts of Italian ways, knows the country and its people as well as anyone from away could hope to. He brings all his experience to bear in this pleasantly readable, highly knowledgeable book. Structured as a before and after account, dealing both with the pre-modern train travel that endeared Parks to rail travel, and then the streamlined, far less personal, assigned seat version that replaced (most of) it beginning in the late 2000's, that found him wishing for the old days.

The account is generously sprinkled with the ups and downs of his experiences on Trenitalia. He does not hesitate to tell stories on himself including "my last and greatest bust-up with a "capotreno" (conductor/ticket checker/ ultimate authority). As you might guess, it involved the fine print that pulled the rug out from under the validity of his internet-issued ticket. The outcome convinced him that such arguments weren't worth it. He explains: "this whole culture of ambiguous rules, then heated argument about them without any clear-cut result, seems to serve to draw you into a mind-set of vendetta and resentment that saps energy from every other area of life."

Parks' epilogue sets forth his affectionate ode to Treinitalia and all the men and women who serve it and offers a bouquet to "any passenger with a book in his hand, any man or woman following the lines on a page, perhaps these very lines, as the wheels follow the rails across the landscape, hurrying forward through the world yet not quite part of it. What a beautiful respite a train journey is and a good book too, and best of all the book on the train, in life and out of it at the same time . . ."

Epilogue. "Italian Ways" is very much in the tradition of "Village in the Vaucluse", the book by Harvard professor Laurence Wylie who took his wife and two small children to live in the small Provencal village of Roussillon (which he calls Peyrane) in 1950. The book about their experiences is haunting, sympathetic, and revelatory of a way of life that is all but gone, if not completely so. We owe Parks for making sure that there is a similarly fine and richly detailed account of an aspect of Italian life that now exists only at the edges.
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