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Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia,…

Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the…

by Anthony Doerr

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Shows that:
if you keep a journal
if you get a fancy prize that lets you live somewhere interesting
if you (and spouse-wife) just had twins
if you just wrote a great book
then you can publish anything
(fun to read, easy to read, life in Rome-speaking no Italian and changing 2000 diapers) ( )
  kerns222 | May 25, 2018 |
A beautiful meditation on writing, Rome, twins, life, architecture, history, learning Italian, light, starlings. Motifs recur and curl back into the storyline. ( )
  devilish2 | Mar 7, 2018 |
I read this author's book "All the Light We Cannot See" and positively loved it so added any books available electronically through the library to my Wish List and this happened to be one. I did not realize it was a true story account of his time in Rome. I'm really glad I read it -- I really enjoyed it. It was an honest and breathtaking account of his time in Rome -- I really enjoyed that :-)

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  Adrianne_p | Aug 29, 2017 |
The best book I've read in a long time. Doerr writes poetically and his descriptions of Rome are verbal pictures. He goes through his year as a Fellow at the American Academy. We learn about his crreative life, his young family, Rome, and Italy. And we learn about Doerr. ( )
  Roamin1 | Aug 28, 2016 |
Before Anthony Doerr became famous for the novel All the Light We Cannot See, he had to write the book. He writes about working on it (and about not working on it) in Four Seasons in Rome, a memoir about the author’s year in Rome with a studio to write in and an apartment to live in, covered by a stipend.
Literary and lyrical except for a few episodes of parenting panic and moments when he wonders “what was I thinking when I accepted the Rome Prize with newborn twins?”, this book about reading, writing, and the terrifying and wonderful experience of being a new parent and living for a year in the heart of Rome when you don’t speak much Italian will appeal to readers of literary memoirs. ( )
  baystateRA | Jun 11, 2016 |
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"On the day Anthony Doerr and his wife arrive home from the hospital with newborn twins, he learns he will receive the prestigious Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. With the prize comes a stipend and a writing studio in Rome for a year. 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 and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they chronicled. 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. The clamor of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice from the Romans he encounters 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."--From back cover.… (more)

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