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TagsItaly (182), in italian (180), fiction (118), mystery (108), series (93), nonfiction (82), italian language study (80), italian cookbook (47), location - Venice (43), translation (37) — see all tags

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About meThe profile pic sums it up -- cats, gardens, Italy. This shot was taken at the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary in Rome. Check out their website: What an amazing story!

About my libraryALL THINGS ITALIAN: Places, people, history, food, mysteries, authors, gardens, language study, translations, opera, cats, travel, wine, movies, music . . . . . . the rest of my library remains uncatalogued. This is a lending library and an obsession. I have lots of work to do here before I move on.

GroupsCats, books, life is good., Cookbookers, Italians - Italiani

Favorite authorsAndrea Camilleri, Umberto Eco, Magdalen Nabb, Mario Soldati (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAltroquando, la Feltrinelli International, The Raven Bookstore - Lawrence KS

Favorite librariesLawrence Public Library - Lawrence, KS

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LocationLawrence, KS

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Member sinceDec 13, 2008

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Ciao Joonie, Nice to hear from you. I now have new insighgt into Kansas. Sounds like fun. I was born in Italy (Ragusa, Sicily), but only reached the third grade there. So my Italian is strewn with American and Sicilian accents. But as they say there, "M'arrancio" (I don't even know which language that is). My grandmother lived in Rapallo, a beach town near Genova. I used to travel there every few years. But she's gone now.
When I read Dante, I found the Ciardi translation very helpful. I don't have any specific companion books in mind. You probably have good medieval texts at the University. I studied Medieval History at the University of Oklahoma!!?? My graduate studies were at NYU, where I read Gramsci. He was the Secretary of the Communist Party in Italy and was put in jail by Mussolini. His notebooks were smuggled out. They are fascinating reading. As are his other works.
I'm glad to hear of your work for the cats of Rome. I have a 20 year old cat named Rosie. She doesn't hear anymore, and getting very frail.
I'll post her photo as soon as I figure out how to do it. Stay well. write when you get a chance. Carmelo
Hi Joonie, How does an Italophile end up in Kansas? Don't you get lonely? You have several nice books and you like cats. Sounds good. Carmelo
Honestly, I can't remember where I got the books. I did study them, they came with a set of cassette tapes. I did take a few years of Italian courses at the American Italy Society here in Philadelphia. I haven't taken any classes for about 8 years and am sorely out of practice.
Joonie...thanks for joining our Dante group. One of the questions we're trying to find out is whether The Comedia was written to be recited aloud, or to be read. Since you seem to have more background in Italian literature than many of us, I thought perhaps you'd know. BTW, love your picture. We too have a black cat called (how appropriate?) Lightening. He came with that label, so we've lived with it.
Hi,!--Thanks for dropping by.

Hmm-never heard of Cosimo--when did she write it? She's been dead for nearly 2 years, right?

Yes, your husband was close by. We live 20 miles NW of David, and your husband went about that same distance to Boquete, NE. What was he doing in Panamá?

Welcome ot the group!


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