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The Last Supper: A Summer In Italy (2009)

by Rachel Cusk(Favorite Author)
3.09 of 5 Votes: 3
0374184038 (ISBN13: 9780374184032)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
review 1: 'Twas a nice escape, tying into memories I have from when I spent time in Italy. They often went on pilgrimages to places in Umbria, where I spent the majority of my time in Italy while studying abroad: Assisi, Cortona, Arezzo, Sansepolcro (we shared the secret of this place; hardly any other tourists make it there and for good reason!) She described in words many of the masterpieces I saw and have only visual memories of. Through her words, I was able to see these pieces in my mind again as if I were viewing them for a second time.And, so, it was a nice escape.
review 2: "The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy" was an account of the author's summer in Italy with her family. I like Cusk's writing normally, so I had high hopes for this book. While I was a little
... more disturbed by the present tense descriptions of their travels and activities (present tense in a memoir is exceedingly difficult to pull off) the book was written well enough. What I found lacking in the book was actual passion for her subject. She goes into great (almost excruciating) detail about things so you get the impression that she's excited about them, but the real writer's passion just doesn't seem to be there--for her family, the things she sees, etc. I find her fiction much more satisfying. less
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Beautiful descriptions of Italy (a place I'd like to visit), but a bit morose and harsh at times.
I thought I would love this book. I could barely get through it. So completely devoid of emotion.
Interesting approach. Personal and yet impersonal....
Oh why can't we all live in Italy!!
Loved, loved, loved this book.
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