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


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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. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; 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. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; 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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Anthony Doerr is the author of The Shell Collector, a collection of stories. He has received two O. Henry Prizes, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the prestigious Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. The Shell Collector won the 2002 Discover Prize for Fiction and the Ohioana Book Award, and Doerr shared the New York Public Library's 2003 Young Lions Award. He lives with his wife and two sons in Boise, Idaho.

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jig, December 6, 2012 (view all comments by jig)
Anthony Doerr’s Four Seasons in Rome is a literary masterpiece. I was blown away by his astounding ability to capture the essence of Rome so completely in a book. This book deserves to be given some time in reading it. Doerr’s writing is like a painting; the lush detail of Four Seasons builds layer upon layer. After a few pages, you will feel completely immersed in the beautiful imagery and depth Doerr puts into his work. This is by no means a page-turner. It plods through the day-to-day to life of a young author and his wife (parents of new twins) from Boise, Idaho that are uprooted and then covers four seasons of their new lifestyle of living in Rome. I loved the personal narration of this young author that is fascinated with the colors and geometry as well as the duality of the ancient yet modernized city of Rome. Its insights into the feelings of wonder that their children experience in their new environment and the loving battle the two parents face in bringing up twins in an alien were sweet and tender. I was touched at how the father felt towards his kids�"he talks about them with an almost reverential awe and yet still has to accept the reality of the day-to-day life of raising children. Doerr is a master at portraying complex human thought and emotion in a very true to life way. I have spent time living in a foreign and confusing country and I felt all of my same feelings during my first few months as I read through the characters’ experience when they first arrive in Italy. The confusion, excitement, and feeling of being out of place are all completely spot on. Overall, this was an amazing work. Doerr masterfully depicted the landscape of Rome and the emotions of a new, struggling family in a novel that I would recommend to anyone.
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crazyshells219, November 21, 2011 (view all comments by crazyshells219)
this book brought Rome to life for me. i am now so thrilled that i added Rome to my upcoming Europe trip, and i absolutely cannot wait to see it for the first time. this book is amusing, funny, entertaining, thought-provoking, and beautiful.
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Virtually snowbound, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Virtually snowbound)
This is the book I enjoyed reading most this year, the one I couldn't wait to pick up at lunch, on the bus, before bed. And from the comments of people I recommended it to, others felt the same. Anthony Doerr's writing is beautiful, equal to that in his "Memory Wall," and his tale of a year in Rome extremely moving. This is also the kind of book I found compelled to read bits of out loud to anyone nearby and when my husband read the book, he often read the same bits outloud to me and they were still wonderful.
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On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
Doerr, Anthony
Europe - Italy
Personal Memoirs
Essays & Travelogues
Rome (Italy) Description and travel.
Authors, American - 21st century
Travel, Italy
Anthony Door; All the Light We Cannot See; The Shell Collector; Memory Wall; About Grace; living in Italy; Italy memoir; living in Rome; Rome memoir; Americans abroad; Rome Prize; writers in Italy; history of Rome; travel memoir; year abroad; Italian cult
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