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Thin paths : journeys in and around an Italian mountain village (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Julia Blackburn

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Title:Thin paths : journeys in and around an Italian mountain village
Authors:Julia Blackburn
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Thin paths: journeys in and around an Italian mountain village by Julia Blackburn (2011)

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If Julia Blackburn has committed a bad word to print then I haven't read it. This is a beautiful memoir of ordinary lives in a series of mountain villages in northern Italy - that really could be a microcosm of village life anywhere. This has a lot in common with the work of John Berger, and his "Into Their Labours" series. You are struck by how little has actually happened - each life defined by one or two key events, rather than a modern swirl of activity. But these are long, happy and fulfilled lives and Blackburn's writing is wonderfully evocative of a much slower tempo of life.

So why only 4 stars? Its the photos. Black and white doesn't do them justice. It makes everything seem gray, monotone and depressing - which is not I think what the author intended. But otherwise wonderful ( )
  Opinionated | Jun 22, 2013 |
Beautifully writtenbut melancholy memoirs of life in a Italian village ( )
  PDCRead | Mar 30, 2013 |
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It's as if time past, time present and time future is stretched out around us like a vast landscape and we are walking through it on a tracery of thin paths.
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In 1994, while walking the Alta Via, the high path winding from the French border to the Bay of Lerici, a man stopped in a remote village, and found he couldn't forget it. Julia Blackburn married that man and moved to that house in 1999. What she found in the mountains was a new way of life, and one that is fast disappearing.… (more)

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