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Naples ’44: Norman Lewis’ classic travel book


On Saturday, The Guardian revisited the classic travel book, Naples ’44 by Norman Lewis. Lewis describes the war-torn Italian city during the latter stages of World War II and also an eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which is just across the bay from Naples. I’m glad The Guardian takes time to write about books like this one.

Naples is one of the most interesting of all the European cities I have visited. Lots of religion (San Gennaro is everywhere) and yet proud to be a rogue. Don’t even get the folks from Naples started on how much they dislike the Italians from the north.

I’ve been considering Italy a lot recently after reading A Season in Verona by Tim Parks, which is probably the second most intellectual sports book I have read (Beyond the Boundary by CLR James being the first).

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