Gebrauchsanweisung für Florenz

Gebrauchsanweisung für Florenz

Gebrauchsanweisung f r Florenz Why has Florence always drawn so many English and American visitors At the turn of the century the Anglo American population numbered than thirty thousand Why have men and women fleeing sex scandals

  • Title: Gebrauchsanweisung für Florenz
  • Author: David Leavitt
  • ISBN: 9783492275194
  • Page: 322
  • Format: None
  • Why has Florence always drawn so many English and American visitors At the turn of the century, the Anglo American population numbered than thirty thousand Why have men and women fleeing sex scandals traditionally settled here What is it about Florence that has made it so fascinating and so repellent to artists and writers over the years Moving fleetly betweenWhy has Florence always drawn so many English and American visitors At the turn of the century, the Anglo American population numbered than thirty thousand Why have men and women fleeing sex scandals traditionally settled here What is it about Florence that has made it so fascinating and so repellent to artists and writers over the years Moving fleetly between present and past and exploring characters both real and fictional, Leavitt s narrative limns the history of the foreign colony from its origins in the middle of the nineteenth century until its demise under Mussolini, and considers the appeal of Florence to figures as diverse as Tchaikovsky, E.M Forster, Ronald Firbank, and Mary McCarthy Lesser known episodes in Florentine history the moving of Michelangelo s David, and the construction of temporary bridges by black American soldiers in the wake of the Second World War are contrasted with images of Florence today its vast pizza parlors and tourist culture Leavitt also examines the city s portrayal in such novels and films as A Room with a View, The Portrait of a Lady and Tea with Mussolini.

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    I don't know if it was me being ignorant in the "classics" or what, but this book was just so nose-in-the-air that I just couldn't do it anymore. I got it out as a way to introduce myself to Florence (Italy) before my trip in a few weeks but it was nothing like I thought - hoped - it would be. I snuck a peek at another review on here when I was deciding if I should stop reading or not (I try not to read reviews of things until after I've read or watched them), and it called the author pretentiou [...]

    Cute little hardcover; another $1 find at Half Price. Highly subjective and impressionistic, essay style, full of historical and pop references It's one writer's view of Florence and its strange allure to the tourist. First dozen pages make it clear that this was not commissioned by the Florence tourism bureau or chamber of commerce; and if it was they would be suing. So far, Leavitt makes Florence sound about as inviting as plague-ravaged Europe in the 12th century. A lot is made of the fact th [...]

    A small, thin book, like those one finds in boutiques---usually about cats, small dogs, and/or Paris, and mostly filled with pictures. This one could use pictures, if only for relief. Only five chapters, and almost none of them on Florence. Chapter five seems to explain why the book exists: David Leavitt is a gay author, and while he was in Florence, the last three "monuments" (his term) of the nearly century and a half existence of an expat Anglo-American Florentine community died. Gossips all, [...]

    This is the third title I have read in Bloomsbury's very impressiontic 'Writer and the City' series. (The other two being John Banville on Prague and Edmund Wilson on Paris). Always short and unillustrated, the books follow the same format in pairing a famous writer with a famous city. It is fair to say that one learns as much about the writer, as the city he (so far it always has been a he) is writing about. To capture the reader's attention, the book starts with a cheap literary ploy: 'Florenc [...]

    Ugh. If I were a graduate student who thinks a tedium of examples of one thing will increase the reader's interest in my subject, and if my subject were 'the meaningless examples of British writers living in Florence, being homosexual and not accomplishing much' then I would love this book.But I'm not. So I didn't.I read it because it's part of The Writer and the City series and another book I've read of this series was great: 30 Days in Sydney, by Peter Carey. Also it was written by a UF profes [...]

    DNF. Is there a point to this book except for showing off the writer as well read and highly educated? Good writing goes to waste here on a bunch of unrelated anecdotes, historical and artistic pieces of information, unimportant personal material no one cares about and pretentious bullshit, all coming at you one after the other with no apparent reason or logical order. It also presents such silly statements as "Florence is a manly city", and suchlike, based on some famous person or another's wor [...]

    Not the best narrative woven in Florence. Leavitt is informative, but mostly alternates between being a drab and a bore focussing much on his own interest of the city - the expat anglo-florentines - their quirks and squabbles. For a town as rich in history as Florence, the telling mostly lacked imagination on any contemporary aspect of the city as well the subjective judgment of writer's own experiences ; when the narration did eventually began, it was well late into the winter of the book.

    Boring and pretentious, like an unimpressive masters thesis composed in about 70% of quotes from mediocre writers.

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I found the chapter on homosexuality in Florence interesting, but a tiny phrase let it down. In the lesser space accorded the lesbian population, Mrs George Keppel is described as the mother of "yet another" lesbian. As if by there being four or five renowned lesbian inhabitants amongst the far more numerous gay males, they were forming a disproportionately large segment of the population! I found that quite odd.I also found it difficult to reconcile Leavit [...]

    I found this book an informative read. David Leavitt, whose works I had read in the past gives a fascinating history of Florence 's Anglo American community & quotes from numerous sources on a segment of history that saw its heyday from the middle of the nineteenth century until the rise of Mussolini. If you've ever watched Tea with Mussolini, then this book (part of The Writer in the City series) illuminates the Italian city through the eyes of such luminaries ranging from Henry James to Ma [...]

    Pequeno livro sobre uma das mais belas cidades do Mundo. Arte e turistas abundam. Metade do livro, o autor faz referência aos Anglo-saxónicos que se refugiaram nesta cidade nos séculos XIX e XX. Alguns famosos escritores, outros fugidos das polícia de costumes inglesa. Um capítulo sobre as cheias de 1966 que arrasaram com a cidade e milhares de obras de Arte. Um livro que se lê rapidamente e que nos mostra alguns aspectos menos conhecidos de uma cidade que é muito conhecida pelas escultur [...]

    Best thing I can say about this book is that it's short. I expected the author, a part-time Florence resident, to write about his personal experiences with the city and its people. He does so at the very end, but to get to that you must slog through chapters about what 19th century literary figures thought of the place. Then he dedicates a whole chapter of the 150-odd page book to the history of gay life in the city. I understand this subject is pertinent to the author, but it felt out of place [...]

    DNF @ about 50 pages in.For a book that's supposedly about Florence, the author spends the majority of his time on the Anglo-Florence community rather than the local population, leaving this book as yet another example of the English taking the spotlight instead of the locals. Aside from my lack of interest in such a community (especially when I expected to be reading about the city itself!!), the author writes in a very pretentious tone, leaving me with -1 motivation to continue on.

    Short, nicely written residential travelogue of Florence - history, food, customs all contrasting the tourist to the resident.

    Why are there even books like this? Ick. double ick. Leavitt reminds me of everyone and everything gross in Hotel de Dream all at once.

    Re-read (bought & read it in Florence in 2006 when I was staying there for a summer course) of this charming little ‘refreshing antidote to the average city guide’ as the cover says. Not always fairly judged though, just because it is not a city guide and you will be disappointed if that is what you expect. Surely a book that opens with the sentence: ‘Florence has always been a popular destination for suicides’ will give you a particular view of a popular destination. The author live [...]

    Well I liked it.Readable, gossipy, idiosyncratic, impressionistic: just what this series promises.If you're after a tour guide, forget it. If you're after up to date facts and figures, forget it. If you're after solid history, forget it. If you want sumptuous pictures of the Pitti Palace, buy a picture book.This isn't precisely about the bricks and mortar city of Florence. And it's not about the art, either. It's more the Florence of the outsider's imagination. If you like, it's the idea of Flor [...]

    Das Schöne an dem schmalen Band: Es werden nicht zum Hunderttausendsten Male Geschichten über die Zeit der Medicis, die Anfänge der Renaissance usw. wiedergekäut. Das Ernüchternde an dem Band ist: Die englischen (teils amerikanischen) Bewohner von Florenz vom Ende des 19. bis zur Mitte des 20. Jahrhunderts werden nicht nur thematisiert – Leavitt schreibt über kaum etwas anderes. Wer sich für dieses Thema interessiert – meist geht es dabei um Schriftsteller – kommt absolut auf seine [...]

    I've always wanted to visit Florence, now I'm not so sure. Actually I still want to but now I feel like I may not be welcome, may not enjoy it as much. In the section of further reading David Leavitt describes another book as ill-tempered and opinionated. I feel like it could equally be applied to David's own book. I'm torn, this book is well researched and quotes extensively from historical and literary works but the very first thing it tells me is that Florence is a popular destination for sui [...]

    David Leavitt's book is a thin volume in The Writer and the City series. The author, who divides his time between the U.S. and Tuscany, seems to have focused his book mainly on the Anglo-Florentine colony. I enjoyed his chapters on the moving of David and his account of the flood of 1966 and the role of the "mud angels". He provides good notes on further reading about Florence, one of my favorite places.

    I expected more. It jumped from one story to another without providing any substantial background to make the leap tangentiable. It was risky. That said, this is a difficult type of writing. The memoir-esque history cum travel novel is something rarely accomplished with ease. At least it had a list of recommended readings, and it never claimed credit for anything he hadn't come up with. I enjoyed the parts about "The Pope" or John Pope-Hennessey, but that is for personal reasons.

    one from a series called "writer and the city". this one is good, talks about why lots of people suicide there. of this series, banville in prague, perter carey in sydney, and edmund white in paris. edmund white is by far the best. LEARN HOW TO BE A FLANEUR. peter carey's is cool because its very subversive. banville's is the most straight "normal".bloomsbury put out series in early naughties, but then stopped, for lack of interest? philistines

    I'm not sure how to describe this book - it's a little bit of history, a little bit of literature, some art history - how about a little literary love letter to Florence? I'd definitely recommend finding a copy and reading it if you are visiting this most beautiful and romantic of cities. Some of this was over my head, but all it was lovingly and beautifully written.

    David Leavitt has written a thoughtful and interesting book on Florence. Some reviewers have labelled this book as pretentious. Leavitt is a respected author writing about a city known for its fine art, so the tone is appropriate. What were these people expecting? Giggly stories about Paris Hilton tottering around Florence looking for a McDonalds?

    Somewhat interesting and definitely well written history of the English colony in Florence, particularly its homosexual aesthetes, from the 18th c. to the last denizens of this curious crowd. A mixture of love and loathing for the people the author and his partner have apparently themselves chosen to become.

    One of the dullest and most pretentious books I've read. Leavitt wants us all so badly to know how exceptionally interesting and intelligent he is that he forgets to write anything interesting or worth reading. I gave it two stars because it's Florence.

    i had picked this up second hand over 20 years ago, and didn't read it until now. It's an odd little psuedo travel book, more like a one sided conversation, and several digressions on subjects I really couldn't connect with.

    I read almost anything about Florence, including murder mysteries set there. WhileI usually enjoy a write's point of view and loveliterary gossip, this had so little about Florence and so much tittle tattle, that I was disappointed. The history of the anglophone community became boring.

    For me, some parts of this book were more interesting to read than others. I didn't really enjoy the style in which this book was written (essay). I felt there was too much reference to books and movies which I have not seen or read. This made it hard to enjoy at times.

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