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

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

Écrit par Anthony Doerr

Raconté par Anthony Doerr


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

Écrit par Anthony Doerr

Raconté par Anthony Doerr

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6 heures
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Sep 1, 2015
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9781442394988
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Description

Anthony Doerr, the Pulitzer Prize­-­winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, reads his 2007 memoir, Four Seasons in Rome-available on audio for the very first time!

On the day Tony Doerr and his wife returned from the hospital with their newborn twins, he received a letter from the Academy of Arts and Letters informing him that he had won the prestigious Rome Prize, which provides a stipend, an apartment, and a writing studio at the beautiful American Academy for a year. Six months and a few Italian lessons later, they arrived in Rome.

Insatiably curious, an avid reader, and an extraordinary eloquent observer of nature, Doerr sets out to discover Rome. He reads Pliny, Dante, Shelley and visits the churches and piazzas and ancient cisterns they describe. He reads the history of the papacy and attends the vigil as Pope John Paul II lies dying. He takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. And he and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers in their little neighborhood on a Roman hill.

For anyone who loves Rome-or wants to know it-this is a gorgeous, informative audiobook. It is also an illuminating account of how a writer transforms experience into sentences, how this writer sees and captures the world.
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Sep 1, 2015
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9781442394988
Format:
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À propos de l'auteur

Anthony Doerr is the author of All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Alex Award, and a #1 New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.   


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  • (5/5)
    This is a lovely memoir filled with very evocative portraits of people and places in Rome and often fascinating trivia about the "Eternal City." Writer Doerr with his wife and 2 newborn sons spent a year in Rome from mid-2004 to mid-2005 thanks to the American Academy of Arts.Doerr worked on the early writing and research for his later Pulitzer Prize winning novel "All the Light We Cannot See" (2014) and completed the short story "Village 113" about the Chinese Three Gorges Dam project (collected in "Memory Wall" (2007) during this time and wrote his notes and journal entries that became the basis of this book.Thanks to my friend Karan for introducing me to and gifting this book! (less)
  • (2/5)
    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)
  • (5/5)
    A beautiful meditation on writing, Rome, twins, life, architecture, history, learning Italian, light, starlings. Motifs recur and curl back into the storyline.
  • (4/5)
    I thought Shauna should have included more. But still good.
  • (5/5)
    Richly worded - captivates humanity's beauty, foibles , and nuances. This is my 4th Doerr work, and I hope he has a prolific career for my own sake. ..I so enjoy the beauty of his writing.
  • (4/5)
    A vivid memoir of family and Rome-pleasant for unwinding and dreaming about far off places- heavy on the descriptive language in some parts, but thoroughly enjoyable and calming...
  • (5/5)
    Anthony Doerr won the prestigious Rome prize, getting a year in the fascinating city. It happened to be the year that Pope John Paul II died and Benedict XVI became pope. Joining him was his wife, along with their six month old twin boys. With Doerr's tremendous writing skills, he lovingly describes present day Rome, its colorful sights, culture and history enhanced by enjoying this year with his young sons. This book is a testament to one of the world's greatest and most ancient cities as well as the joys and challenges of parenting twins.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book; now I wish someone would give ME a scholarship, all expenses paid to live in Rome and write for a year!
  • (4/5)
    Imagine coming home from the hospital after your wife has just given birth to twins and discovering you have won an award that will send you to Rome for a year, an award you didn't ask for or even know about. So, six months later you pack up aforementioned wife and boys and off to Rome you go. Doerr spends the next year reading Pliny, exploring the ancient city and marveling at life BT (before twins) and AT (after twins). He is observant and witty on all accounts but by his own admission is too busy staring at Italy to write anything constructive. Until Four Seasons is born. If you are to read just one page of Four Seasons in Rome I strongly recommend reading page 141, starting with "What is Rome".
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (2/5)
    I couldn't enter into this book very deeply. I kept getting distracted by the author's whining about how hard writing is. I agree with Michele, I'd love to read this book as written by his wife. Some of the vignettes were lovely, but for the most part it was too self-conscious, too precious- even the self-deprecating parts felt forced to me.
  • (4/5)
    Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World. Anthony Doerr. 2007. I wanted to book a flight to Rome about 10 pages into this book! On the day the author and his wife bring twin boys home from the hospital, they receive notice that he has won the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This is a lyrical account of that year. He is supposed to be working on a novel about WWII but finds himself reading Pliny musing on the art, history and beauty of Rome and learning how to be a father, and struggling with Italian.
  • (3/5)
    Doerr, a fiction writer, wins an award that provides him with a place to stay and writing time in Rome for a year. The problem? His wife has just given birth to twins and his life has forever changed. Doerr spends a tremendous amount of time writing about how he is having trouble writing. If you can get past that, there is great beauty to be found in the writing he achieves.
  • (3/5)
    This is another NPR book, but unfortunately one that makes for a better interview than read. It's about an American couple living for a year in Rome with 6-month old twins. That's about all there is to it. It's fairly sweet and charming, but never really rises about the level of an edited journal.
  • (3/5)
    Yet another vacation read! Of course, being a mom of twins I was hooked when I saw that the book dealt with someone traveling abroad with newborn twins. However, I found it to get a bit too "cootchie-cootchie" cutsie on the parenting side of things, at least for me. Some of Doerr's views on living in Rome presented a neat cross-cultural perspective, which I did appreciate. Otherwise, the book was ok.