Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

Four Seasons in Rome On Twins Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World From the award winning author of The Shell Collector and About Grace comes an evocative memoir of the timeless beauty of Rome and the day to day wonderment of living writing and raising twin boys in

From the award winning author of The Shell Collector and About Grace comes an evocative memoir of the timeless beauty of Rome and the day to day wonderment of living, writing, and raising twin boys in a foreign city.

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Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

  1. Anthony Doerr is the author of five books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, Memory Wall, Four Seasons in Rome and All the Light We Cannot See Doerr s fiction has won four O Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction He has won the Barnes Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the Story Prize, the New York Public Library s Young Lions Fiction Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Award, and the Ohioana Book Award three times Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho Become a fan on Facebook and stay up to date on his latest publications.

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  1. After finishing All the Light We Cannot See, I ll confess I was a bit addicted to Doerr s lovely writing Since we were about to take a trip to Rome, I thought I would pick up this travelogue about Doerr s year in Rome as a creative writing resident He describes the city with love and nostalgia, capturing Rome at its funniest and most breathtaking It s difficult to say something new about a city that has captured imaginations for millennia, but Doerr manages to do so in this story of an Idaho cou [...]

  2. This is a lovely and enjoyable travelogue from an American writer who spent a year in Rome on a fellowship I picked it up not just because I like travel memoirs, but also because I recently read Anthony Doerr s excellent novel All the Light We Cannot See, and he had been working on that book while he was in Rome back in 2004.Doerr and his wife moved to Italy when their twins were newborns, so besides the travel vignettes and insightful comments from a writer talking about the process of writing, [...]

  3. Humorless self important dude lives in Rome for a year with his wife and newborn twins Dude muses about Rome Dude muses about history Dude muses about parenthood Dude muses about musing Dude thinks that writing short sentences and fragments makes The banal More interesting Dude s wife passes out from exhaustion and dehydration because she s been taking care of the twins by herself while dude muses Dude muses about this for a while before he takes her to the hospital Dude muses about the Pope Dud [...]

  4. What a book Sensual, Captivating and beautifully written Anthony Doerr finds himself in the heart of Rome shortly after his twin boys were born Having received the Rome Prize, an award that gave him a year long stipend and studio in Rome he embraces the adventure and moves his family to the Eternal City I loved so much about this book, the writing is poetic, lyrical and so vivid, the author s descriptions of Rome through the seasons are breathtaking This is a short read at 205 pages but Doerr ne [...]

  5. On the day that his twin sons were born, Anthony Doerr received a letter informing him that he had won the Rome Prize He was given a small apartment, a studio at the American Academy, and a monthly stipend to spend a year writing in the Eternal City Six months later, he and his wife bundled up the twins and flew from Idaho to Italy.Doerr writes about the challenges of parenting twins, especially the lack of sleep, and the love he feels for them Communicating in Italian is another difficult task, [...]

  6. I have a love affair with Italy having had the great fortune to visit it two years in a row 2010 and 2011 Venice and Florence were easy falls love at first sight, Rome not so much Needless to say spectacular even the first time around it is Rome after all , it was much rough and tumble requiring from the tourist a bit of work, having to earn it a bit or a lot than the other two locales But on the second time around, the city easily revealed its charm almost immediately I knew my way around an [...]

  7. Superficiality doesn t run much deeper than this If you know next to nothing about Italy, are never planning to visit, and are perfectly content to allow your impressions of the country be informed by Under the Tuscan Sun like romanticism and shameless, treacly sentimentality, then Four Seasons in Rome is the travel book for you Otherwise, Doerr s constant doses of high sugar, low fiber commentary about his and his family s year in Rome are only going to have you reaching for your insulin pen Ar [...]

  8. A veces los libros te eligen a ti y no tu a ellos Es lo que me ha ocurrido con esta peque a joya de Anthony Doerr Si no hubiera le do antes la luz que no puedes ver que tras leer este libro tengo claro que no hubiera sido igual sin esta experiencia del escritor en roma y casualidades de la vida me encontrara con este libro justo despu s de leer spqr de mary beard seguro que aunque hubiera aparecido en mi camino habr a pasado de largo El libro son las memorias del a o que pas el escritor viviendo [...]

  9. This was SO thoroughly enjoyed Not only for the new eyes to Rome but also for the total Doerr grab to what infancy care feels like for a parent In this case first time parents and also for multiples, twins.But believe me, when you have an endless screamer or have them in steps less than 18 months apart, there is little difference I absolutely adored that closet room they rigged up in that tiny Rome apartment so the screamer could have his dark He also completely gets insomnia The variety that si [...]

  10. This was a great read thank you Anthony Doerr for winning the award that gave you a year in Rome with your wife and babies I definitely connected with this little memoir as I was totally soaking up the imagery and play by play in anticipation of being in Rome in about a month I also related so well to the exhaustion of little baby boys I loved the insight and pondering we view such old world or old history in this modern digital society And now I have a little bit better understanding of why and [...]

  11. I love Rome and this book reminded me why There is a lot in here about the author s kids and his writing it is a memoir , but it s all interesting I love his descriptions of Rome One of my faves is I think I ll get his right as he s describing all the contradictions and nuances of Rome, he uses the phrasea metaphor along the lines of Rome being a dress strap that slipped off the shoulder obviously his wording is much lovely But, that s a great comparison for the City all at once careless but be [...]

  12. Anthony Doerr received a writing studio for one year in Rome as part of an award he won WOW So he packed up his newborn twins, his wife and spent four seasons in Rome The man has a way with words whether he is writing fiction or nonfiction He writes beautifully which is one of the reasons I loved his book All the Light We Cannot See I enjoyed the descriptive quality of his writing and I enjoyed his passion, not only for his writing and his family, but for all of his surroundings.

  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book The diction of the novel just feels so right and natural to me Doerr is a true artist, knowing exactly how to blend a combination of words to make you stop and stare and envy his talent I read this book every time I want to get myself in a writing mood His craft is undeniable A must read for every writer that loves the sound of words and the compelling images it creates.

  14. The day his wife gave birth to twin boys, Doerr found out he won a fellowship he hadn t applied for a year in Rome with all expenses paid so he can write Six months later Anthony and Shauna, Henry and Owen, leave Boise and move to Rome He lives in the same neighborhood Julius Caesar lived and sits in the garden where Galileo sat Ponder that The book he was preparing to write was All the Light We Cannot See Now that he s moved to Paris, I m kicking myself for not driving a few hours to Boise for [...]

  15. This book gave me a lot of mixed feelings I was looking forward to reading a book set in Italy, and of course reading about other people s sleep and parenting woes is one of my hobbies Once I started reading, I was pleased at how well written it was And I think a special award should go to anyone who pens lines such as, Trying to dress the twins after a bath is like trying to put pajamas on a mackeral or This, I suppose, is what it means to look after two babies any attempt to make you feel as i [...]

  16. After receiving the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and with that prize a one year, expense paid opportunity to live and write in Rome, Anthony Doerr was off to Italy with his wife and their newborn twin sons As a new parent, he confesses not to have made much headway with the novel he had hoped to work on during his time abroad, but we gained the gift of this unforgettable memoir, Four Seasons in Rome It is a breathtaking book of mesmerizing observations and heartfelt m [...]

  17. An engaging, warm and personal account by Anthony Doerr of his one year experience living in Rome with his wife and twin boys six months old at the time of his move In poetic prose that vividly brings the city to life before your eyes and makes his experiences the reader s experiences, Doerr relates what it s like to supplant oneself from the familiar regularity of a Boise, Idaho life to the vibrant, historical, foreign and vita dolce of Rome, where navigating a stroller and the simple task of o [...]

  18. This is a memoir without a particularly profound story or driving sense of purpose it works mainly because Doerr is an excellent writer I enjoyed it for the appreciation of the craft as much as what he was actually writing about But I did enjoy his sense of wonder, his observations of the ordinary extraordinary in both Rome and parenthood I m sure I liked it better because I ve been to Rome and have survived the newborn stage of parenthood albeit not with twins and not in a foreign country oh my [...]

  19. This is so very beautiful to read about Rome, about being a new parent to twin boys , about being in Italy for the first time, about writing and how to write Doerr does all of this at once, in sentences you can practically taste and with a rush of sensuous description about everything from baby gear to street aroma Luscious.

  20. I LOVED this book The author described so perfectly the beauty, rawness and frustrations of Italy From the crazy bus schedules or lack of bus schedules to the smell of the concrete after the rain, Anthony Doerr knows how in one sentence capture the true essence of Rome the eternal city If you haven t yet had the Italian experience, you will be one step closer after reading this book.

  21. As I began this book I wasn t sure how I felt about the author s fragmented writing style I say fragmented because of his constantly presently random facts, yet it flows so marvelously that the word fragmented hardly applies I couldn t stop turning the pages How do I describe this guy s writing I was completely sucked into Doerr s experience of Rome He painted pictures in my mind of the majestic edifices and the crumbling ruins I could feel the cool of the dark churches and the heat of the Roman [...]

  22. I liked this, but I didn t love it In this memoir, Doerr is invited to live in Rome for a year So him and his wife pack up their newborn twins and head to Italy I enjoyed his descriptions of Rome one of my favorite cities And while it was a memoir, it wasn t overly interesting besides said Rome descriptions My biggest takeaway from this was reminding me of why I want to live abroad

  23. 3.5 a lovely travelogue, and Doerr s writing is beautiful, as always A great follow up to reading All The Light

  24. I loved this book, for taking me back to one of my favorite cities, and for making me feel that I was in Rome as he described his local encounters and enchanting and mesmerizing descriptions of the chaotic city Books don t often take me back or to a place, and for that, this book was great It s also short easy to read, with a very interesting premise It s the true account of Anthony Doerr, who finds out on the day that his twins are born, that he has been given a grant to study basically whateve [...]

  25. I have mixed feelings about this book On one hand I absolutely adored the descriptions of Italy described throughout the novel, it set a beautiful tone for the entire book and I almost rated it four stars from that alone.But on the other hand I found this book pretty hard to follow I can understand that to a point, as it is a memoir and I found the jumps rather disorienting as was the seemingly random bits of description that appeared to have no place other than to describe the novel.I gotta adm [...]

  26. I simply loved everything about this book I loved Doerr s book, All The Light We Cannot See, his writing style is incredible This autobiographical book about his year spent at the American Academy in Rome with his wife and newborn twins was so beautifully written His descriptions not only of navigating a new city and a foreign language but also their experiences of first time parents of twins was so incredibly insightful The layers of beauty, hardship and irony are so well articulated I learned [...]

  27. Part of the reason I like this book so much is that it is written by someone who lived for a year in Rome like we are currently doing , with infant twin sons his were 6 months when they arrived our little one was 11 months He was at the American Academy in Rome which is in our neighborhood, so the places he describes as part of his daily life fresh pasta place, bread shop, supermarkets, parks are our places, too Beyond the similarities to my year in Rome, it is a very nice meditation on Rome and [...]

  28. I never thought I d say this but after reading a few of those expat books on finding the perfect house in Tuscany and showing Italy in a way that is very cliche, I wasn t sure I d like this book But Doerr won my heart with his prose He can capture moments through his words It felt like I was right there with himhe has weaved a few months in Rome so beautifully despite the twin struggles that I have to say I have fallen in love with Rome all over again

  29. Tony Doerr is amazing The next big thing This book is smart and escapist all at once If you love his writing you ll love his other book of short stories, The Shell Collector Also, he s a nice person.

  30. I would read a grocery list or a phone book cover to cover if Mr Doerr was behind it Thanks for the impetus and the reminder to finally drag this one off the to read shelf, Lindsay

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