I recently finished a book on Rome and cannot stop gushing about it. Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr is a frank and honest recollection of the author and his life in Rome (Caput Mundi or Capital of the World).
Doerr’s prose is strong and powerful. 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.
In this book Doerr mentions a quote by Silvio Negro, “In Roma, non basta una vita” which means- “In Rome, one lifetime is not enough.” Thanks to Anthony Doerr and his excellent prose, I fell in love with this wondrous historic city all over again.
This isn’t one of those books where a lone expat buys a house in Tuscany and writes about it. Don’t get me wrong, I love expat books and have enjoyed a few here and there but let’s face it, sometimes it gets a tad too much. Because life isn’t that sweet and perfect as it is shown in those books whether you are in Italy or anywhere else!