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 and her previous book “La Bella Lingua” was one of my Favorite Italy reads. Dianne’s new book “La Passione” is a book about the Italian passion. She captures the true spirit of Italy from her eyes and speaks of different ways in which La Passione drives this little country.
La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World
Dianne takes you all across Italy in this book 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 are stories of Cars (how can there not be??) Vineyards, Shoe Makers, Olive oil and Ruins…..Everything revolves around the Italians.
I especially loved the chapter “Fatto a Mano” (Made by hand) where Dianne discusses the lace making tradition of Burano and the Umbrian pottery of Deruta. There was also a portion towards the end that described how parts of Piemonte was poor for years and didn’t have electricity and water until the 20th century. I was amazed by the in-depth analysis of the country done by Dianne.
But no, this book is not a nerdy historic account of Italy but a beautiful story that you can savour with your morning coffee. It is an investment that includes a wealth of resources 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 points in the book, new. Dianne’s passion for Italian is evident in every word, every chapter. She has showered praises to Il Bel Paese (The Beautiful Country) through “La Passione” and from the beginning to the end, 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 into writing this gorgeous book, Dianne. Buy Dianne Hales’s books using the links below:
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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.