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A Room With a View (into some Italian stereotypes)

In The Art of Travel, 11. Second book, Florence by Andrew CohenLeave a Comment

“The narrowness and superficiality of the Anglo-Saxon tourist is nothing less than a menace”. So speaks Miss Lavish when discussing how much trouble English travelers can cause when touring through Italy, specifically Florence. A Room With a View by E.M Forster can arguably be called the first modernist novel, commenting on the Edwardian values of his then-contemporary society and of …

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Twain’s Take: Italy 120 years ago more “present” than ever

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Florence by Andrew CohenLeave a Comment

A Tramp Abroad is certainly not the longest of Mark Twain’s titles. At 50 chapters followed by 6 appendixes, it can seem intimidating, but it moves quickly, thanks in no small part to Twain’s wit. Though he doesn’t arrive in Italy until chapter 47, I think this strengthens the impact of the short chapters spent there and gives an interesting …

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Scusa…

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Florence by Andrew Cohen1 Comment

Part of me wishes that I saved last weeks story for this week. Much of what I had to say about language I expressed in last weeks piece. Although, I have found myself making strides since that encounter asking for a bus stop. When I wrote that piece, I had a sincere belief that my Italian would  become stagnant. Florence …