I was overjoyed when I received a copy of Dianne Hales “La Passione” (The Passion) last month. Dianne has been one of my favorite Italian language blogs since I started loving Italy and her previous book “La Bella Lingua” was one of my Favorite Italy reads. Dianne’s new book “La Passione” is simply a book about Italian passion. She captures the true spirit of Italy from her eyes and speaks of different ways in which “La Passione” drives this amazing country.
La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World
In this book, Dianne takes you all across Italy and shares several vignettes where Italians have shaped the world. There are stories about the Romans and Etruscans; Literature and Poets; Art and Food…..Then there’s Cars (how can there not be??), Vineyards, Shoe Makers, Olive oil and Ruins…..Simply everything that revolves around the Italians.
The book is divided into several interesting chapters but my favorite is “Fatto a Mano” (Made by hand) where Dianne discusses things done by hand. For instance the lace making tradition of Burano and the Umbrian pottery of Deruta are described in this chapter. Then another chapter captured parts of Piemonte which was poor for years and didn’t have electricity and water until the 20th century! I was simply amazed by the in-depth analysis done by Dianne and the way in which she has described every little detail.
This book is not a nerdy historic account of Italy but a beautiful story that you can savour with your morning coffee. You can pick a chapter and move on with another book and come back again to the next chapter after a few days.
La Passione is an investment for anyone wanting to take a deeper plunge into the Italian way of living and culture.
I’m quite sure even the locals would find a lot of new things in this book. Dianne’s passion for Italian is evident in every word, every chapter. She has showered praises for Il Bel Paese (The Beautiful Country) from the beginning to the end and yes, everything boils to the passion.
“So are you done with Italy??” asked a man at one of my readings.
“God, no!” The very notion seemed unthinkable and impossible!
Italy wasn’t done with me.
Italy isn’t done with me either.
Thank you for bringing all your passion in this book, Dianne.
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Ishita is an Indian Blogger who is in love with all things Italian. Every year, Ishita seek’s new experiences and destinations in Italy; from the southernmost tip of Sicilia to the Northern most parts of Piemonte.
Ishita works and lives in Delhi.