Four Seasons in Rome

Four Seasons in Rome

On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

Streaming Audiobook - 2015 | Unabridged.
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Anthony Doerr, the Pulitzer Prize&#x00AC%x;-&#x00AC%x;winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, reads his 2007 memoir, Four Seasons in Rome-available on audio for the very first time! On the day Tony Doerr and his wife returned from the hospital with their newborn twins, he received a letter from the Academy of Arts and Letters informing him that he had won the prestigious Rome Prize, which provides a stipend, an apartment, and a writing studio at the beautiful American Academy for a year. Six months and a few Italian lessons later, they arrived in Rome. Insatiably curious, an avid reader, and an extraordinary eloquent observer of nature, Doerr sets out to discover Rome. He reads Pliny, Dante, Shelley and visits the churches and piazzas and ancient cisterns they describe. He reads the history of the papacy and attends the vigil as Pope John Paul II lies dying. He takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. And he and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers in their little neighborhood on a Roman hill. For anyone who loves Rome-or wants to know it-this is a gorgeous, informative audio book. It is also an illuminating account of how a writer transforms experience into sentences, how this writer sees and captures the world.
Publisher: [United States] : Simon and Schuster Audio, 2015.
Made available through hoopla, 2015.
Edition: Unabridged.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (6:hr., 8: min.)) : digital.
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Additional Contributors: Doerr, Anthony
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JCLJoyceM Oct 18, 2017

An up-close view of John Paul II's funeral and the complications of being a man with little knowledge of the Italian language, as he frustratedly asks for "grapefruit sauce" when he wanted "tomato sauce." This is complicated as well by the new challenges of fatherhood, of twins no less.


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Aug 01, 2016

If you love Italy and, more importantly, if you have ever experienced raising small children and the intensity it brings, you will very much appreciate and enjoy this book. Anthony Doerr, won a scholarship to work on his upcoming novel in Rome, complete with stipend and living expenses. Although ideal in every sense of the word, this opportunity followed several months after the birth of his twin sons, Henry and Owen. The family decided to go through with the adventure, however, and moved to Rome for a year, not knowing the language, culture, or much else! What a wonderful and at times intimidating adventure they experienced. Doerr's wonderfully atmospheric writing, captures perfectly what it feels like to experience the beauty and intensity that is Italy (not to mention parenthood). Highly recommend.

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