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An Italian Journey : A Harvest of Revelations in the Olive Groves of Tuscany - James Ernest Shaw

An Italian Journey

A Harvest of Revelations in the Olive Groves of Tuscany

Hardcover Published: 27th November 2018
ISBN: 9780984658589
Number Of Pages: 262

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"If you're planning a trip to Italy, read this so you don't miss out on the Italy that tours never visit. If you're staying at home, just sit back and enjoy the ride. Preferably with a nice Tuscan wine at your side." Dianne Hales, author of LA BELLA LINGUA

"Many of us would love to live this book. James Shaw has done it for us and allowed us to come along. I like it all, an adventurous journey with a compassionate author. Well Done, Well Done." Roscaloni

An adventure of the heart in the mold of literature's classic spiritual journeys.

It began with a girl. Then it was Italian food. After that it was books and discovering that even Mark Twain had fallen for Italy. E.M. Forster was smitten too: Love and understand the Italians, for the people are more marvelous than the land.

What is it about Italy and Italians?

Italian movies immortalize the mystique. Fellini called it La Dolce Vita. Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso took James Shaw back to the sweet memories of his childhood and the Italian family who operated the hometown theater. And just like in the movie, young James had an Alfredo who, by example, taught him about serving people.

James learned that Italians don't feel they're special. Luigi Barzini, author of The Italians, repeatedly asked, Why are we the way we are? and found no conclusive answer.

But James was convinced there was a reason why the Renaissance was born in Tuscany and Italy has given the world Saint Francis, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Galileo and now Benigni, whose film Life Is Beautiful, showed the world that the Italian zest for living can even make a heaven of a hell.

And so, after a lifetime of thinking about Italy James became convinced that the way to find out why Italians are the way they are, would be to eat with them at their kitchen tables. Day after day he picked their olives and the Italians began treating him like family. And James began seeing their unique human quality that attracts people to Italy and keeps pulling them back again and again.

But the story doesn't end in the olive groves of Tuscany. To discover the heart of Italian life, James had to travel back to World War II Italy.

An Italian Journey will inspire you to follow your passions, your enthusiasms, to your own Beautiful Discoveries.

Bella Scoperta!

Industry Reviews

"Simply one the best, most beautiful books I've read. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I loved, loved, loved this book. I will definitely order more of the books of James Ernest Shaw. Simply beautiful." Marian J. Harkness

"I have fallen in love with "An Italian Journey!" Marge Bass

"I have read a lot of books about Italy. "An Italian Journey" is by far my favorite. James Ernest Shaw has written a beautiful story of heart and soul." Sherry Gentry

"I love that book. Great writer." Estella Bellenfant

"This is a really good book on so many levels!" Jane Asthalter Vajgrt

"I just finished reading "An Italian Journey!" Now I can see why people like it so much!!! Thank you James Ernest Shaw for going to Italy and writing this book!!!" Lori Mason

"If you haven't yet read "An Italian Journey," I highly recommend that you do." Pam Fox

ISBN: 9780984658589
ISBN-10: 0984658580
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 27th November 2018
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 2

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