Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 12, 2007 - Travel - 224 pages
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Anthony Doerr has received many awards -- from the New York Public Library, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Library Association. Then came the Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and with it a stipend and a writing studio in Rome for a year. Doerr learned of the award the day he and his wife returned from the hospital with newborn twins.

Exquisitely observed, Four Seasons in Rome describes Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats -- the chroniclers of Rome who came before him -- and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighborhood, whose clamor of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself.

This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood, and a fascinating story of a writer's craft -- the process by which he transforms what he sees and experiences into sentences.
  

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Unforgettable imagery, gorgeous writing. - Goodreads
Beautiful writing about a beautiful city. - Goodreads
... beautiful prose for a beautiful city. - Goodreads
Here is a young yet very accomplished writer. - Goodreads
great example of descriptive writing. - Goodreads
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Review: Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

After reading All the Light We Cannot See I was searching for another work by Anthony Doerr and found Four Seasons in Rome. On the day his wife gave birth to twin sons Doerr comes home to find a ... Read full review

Review: Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

User Review  - Clifton Guterman - Goodreads

Having spent time in Italy twice in my life so far, I adored this first person account, spread over a year. Doerr perfectly captures the beauty, the glory, the grime, the dualities, the joy, the ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
20
Section 3
51
Section 4
92
Section 5
99
Section 6
115
Section 7
147
Section 8
165
Section 9
203
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About the author (2007)

Anthony Doerr is the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novels All the Light We Cannot See and About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won numerous prizes, including four O. Henry Prizes, three Pushcart Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.

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