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By Tim Parks

Parks starts off as any tourist may well: "A educate is a teach is a educate, isn’t it?" yet quickly he turns his novelist’s eye to the main points, and as he trips via majestic Milano Centrale station or at the most modern high-speed rail line, he grants a uniquely insightful portrait of Italy. via memorable encounters with traditional Italians—conductors and price tag creditors, clergymen and prostitutes, students and enthusiasts, gypsies and immigrants—Parks captures what makes Italian lifestyles special: an obsession with velocity yet an recognition of slower, older methods; a blind eye towards brutal structure amid grand monuments; and an timeless love of a superb argument and definitely the right cappuccino.

Italian methods additionally explores how trains helped construct Italy and the way their improvement displays Italians’ feel of themselves from Garibaldi to Mussolini to Berlusconi and past. so much of all, Italian methods is an interesting try and trap the essence of recent Italy. As Parks writes, "To see the rustic through educate is to contemplate the crux of the basic Italian drawback: Is Italy a part of the trendy global, or not?"

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