A Season from the Caput Mundi

Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr is an honest recollection of the author’s life in Rome for 4 seasons of the year! The book is a beautiful memoir and based in Rome and is written almost like a diary. The author notes his observations and whimsical points about the Eternal City…. It’s quite fun to see them from another point of view especially if you have visited Rome. If you haven’t visited Rome, you may not understand some parts that Doerr points out but that should not be a reason not to read!! There are places where he has sugar coated words to describe the gorgeous city but I think all of us Italophiles do that (GUILTY!!), because that’s what Rome brings out! THE BEST!

Rome, Caput Mundi/Capital of the World, is brought out in the best way by Doerr’s prose.

He weaves words in a poetic way whether it is having a bowl of pasta, visiting a hill top town of Umbria or merely looking at the newly elected Pope.


Four Seasons in Rome


Four Seasons in Rome
Four Seasons in Rome

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19 thoughts on “A Season from the Caput Mundi

  1. Ah, I do not know this book – and you know that I share your feelings on the ‘House in Tuscany’ yawn……..I will check this one out – have been to Rome only once and am all up for going back x

  2. I just started this book this week and I am in love with it. The writing and observations are exquisite!! Have you read his “All the Light” — the book he was writing while in Rome? Can’t remember if I’ve asked you that before. Phenomenal! Happy reading!

    1. I don’t know how I missed this comment. How did you like it?? I think this book is perfect for those who have visited Rome or live in Rome.

        1. I can imagine! I 🙂 I loved it because of well…Rome 🙂 I am good cara. Back home and bearing the heat in Delhi 😉 Do you leave for Italy in June??

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