Four Seasons in Rome

Four Seasons in Rome

On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

Book - 2007
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The author describes the year he spent in Rome after winning the Rome Prize, including his adventures around the city, life in a foreign but welcoming country, and parenthood as it applies to his newborn twins.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2007
ISBN: 9781416540014
Characteristics: 210 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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RogerDeBlanck Jul 27, 2018

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 musings on the indoctrination of parenthood during his time in one of the world’s most unfathomable cities. Doerr captures the splendor and spectacle that is Rome. Every page resonates with ecstatic beauty. The entire book feels like a lovely poem or an addictive song that plays in your head with the chorus of pure emotion. In offering up reflections on life, family, and the city, Doerr's prose fascinates with its gorgeous imagery. He makes your heart feel fuller with life and your mind bigger with wisdom. I found the book to be a rush of inspiration. Having read everything Doerr has published, I feel confident in saying he is a great American writer, among the best of his generation.

Aug 29, 2017

Especially fun reading for anyone thinking of going to Rome or who already loves Rome. A lovely writer.

Aug 11, 2017

A fun frolic through Rome through the eyes of a writer-new father of twins. A simple appreciation of the lifestyle, food and culture that makes a foreign country worth visiting. A good read.

JCLMeganG Mar 24, 2017

The book evokes Rome successfully. It describes perfectly what it’s like being a foreigner, how at first things pass you by but how, day by day, you cotton on, until you feel a sense of ownership in the end, even knowing that there’s still so much you don’t see or understand.

Jun 11, 2016

Lyrical, yes, but also, at times, hilarious. The mesmerizing effect of Rome is balanced by the chaos of twin babies, making for a wonderful mix of humor, history, sleep deprivation, diapers, Empire, ancient wonders, and baby bottles. A great, quick read, light and still poetic. Lovely book.

PimaLib_LoisM Apr 11, 2016

After reading All the Light We Cannot See, I wanted to read more from Anthony Doerr. This book does not disappoint. Doerr's beautiful writing will inspire you to visit Rome. The book chronicles the year he spent there with his wife and young twins after winning the Rome Prize.

multcolib_alisonk Jan 27, 2016

At times, the writing in this portrait of a chaotic and creative time in Doerr's life transported me directly to Rome. There aren't many writers who can sustain long passages of descriptive writing and still keep the reader's attention: this book kept me engrossed throughout. This would be a great choice for people who like to read aloud to each other.

Aug 25, 2012

This writer is extraordinary. I yearn to visit Rome now that I have read it through his eyes. He weaves his life with his twins in Rome for one year and extends it beyond to something phenomenal. The writing is frequently almost lyrically stunning. I planned to read his others. Beautifully written.

Apr 27, 2011

An intimate portrait of life as a new parent and writer AND temporary expat. Beautifully written.


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Jun 02, 2016

"Every era here, it seems, cannibalizes the previous one; everything is salvaged, recouped, reclaimed" (p68).


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