Boys running through plowed fields in Umbria, August 2012.
I’ve been pining for Italy a lot this week. 10 months have passed since my feet last touched terra italiana, and while my friends are preparing for the Notte Bianca at Campo della Fiera tomorrow night, I am nursing my worsening Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with a new wrist brace and wishing I were dusty and hot under the Umbrian sun wielding a trowel or pick.
I’m hard at work in the saggio at CdF. Photo by Marijn Stolk
To reign in my desire for cold Orvieto Classico and late-night guitar strumming, I decided to share some of my favorite reads based in or about Italy.
A Room With A View: E.M. Forster
Perhaps my all-time favorite book, full of fantastically wise characters, rich scenery and perfect prose. It’s certainly one of the best novels about Italy and its life-changing effects on those who it sweeps up into its pasta-laden arms.
Rather than spoil it with plot summaries, I’ll share some of my favorite quotes and hope it piques your interest enough to read it!
“One doesn’t come to Italy for niceness,” was the retort; “one comes for life.”
“Let us rather love one another, and work and rejoice. I don’t believe in this world sorrow.”