- Title: Amore: An American Father's Roman Holiday
- Author: Roger Friedland
- ISBN: 9780062325587
- Page: 112
- Format: Paperback
Part memoir, part cultural exploration, A follows an American father as he and his teenage daughters journey into the heart of Rome, into the way Romans love and what they have to teach about its erosion in AmericaAs his twin daughters approached adolescence, sociologist Roger Friedland was worried The thing that most bothered him was not the erotic heat of its youthPart memoir, part cultural exploration, A follows an American father as he and his teenage daughters journey into the heart of Rome, into the way Romans love and what they have to teach about its erosion in AmericaAs his twin daughters approached adolescence, sociologist Roger Friedland was worried The thing that most bothered him was not the erotic heat of its youth culture, but the lovelessness of its sex.Offered the chance to live and teach in Rome, Roger and his wife, Debra, seized the opportunity to take their family to live in a city where love is alive, family bonds hold, divorce and rape are rare, and ciao, bella is a constant refrain In A, Friedland shares the stories of his family s enchanted and unnerving passage into the heart of Rome and considers its lessons for America where love is at risk A is a love story, a family s voyage between two states of feeling.
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Friedland takes a two year contract to teach a class titled "Sex and God," in Rome, partly because he loves the city, but also because he wants to shield his then coming of age daughters, just entering middle school, from the pressure to have sex at a too-young age. The story starts with an examination of the Roman culture, especially with respect to the differences in the way Italians view sex, love, mothers, women, and God. Then, he harkens back to the U.S. and goes into great detail about the [...]
This book is not a memoir (maybe a touch of memoir here and there) but it was a thoughtful, smart reflection on American and Roman society in regards to love, sex and God.
Some men have affairs with women, Friedland says on the first page. I fell in love with a city.And that's certainly the sense I got from the book -- that it is a love letter to Rome disguised as a sociological examination of the differences between Rome/Italy and the U.S turn disguised as a memoir.Friedland, who had travelled extensively and lived in cities across the globe, leapt at the chance to spend two years in Italy with his wife and teenage daughters. He'd lived in Rome before, spoke Ital [...]
Amore is about a family who moved from California to Rome for two years as the two daughters transitioned to their teen years. Roger Friedland, the father, is a professor of sex and religion at UC Santa Barbara, a school which has a bit of a party reputation. He'd learned enough about the students' sex lives to be alarmed at the idea of his daughters becoming women in a hook-up atmosphere where even middle school kids are engaging in presidential sex acts. Having lived in Rome several times over [...]
A sweet and detailed description of Rome's social culture, a place where beauty is located in "a person's choice of words and humor, their touch and sensibilities, the way they spice their pasta"d where there is none of the moral clucking that is the constant currency of American suburbs. Human errors are not bases for final judgment. Romans don't even care what the pope does in his personal chambers.Divorce is low, infidelity high; there is a mistrust of strangers and a lack of following rules. [...]
I received an advance unproofed copy of this book through First Reads, and I will give my honest opinion below as I read through it.Just started this morning, and I'm loving it already. The author is clearly in love with Rome and knows it so very well, he has a wonderful, rich, easy-to-read writing style, and he makes the subject so real and interesting. I want to visit Rome tomorrow. Heck, I think I'm ready to move there!Can't wait to see what's ahead. I will update this review as I progress.
I got this as a review copy -- it's marketed as a dad and daughters and Italy vs America book but really it's more of a personal memoir sprinkled with sociological ruminations. The latter are a bit naive, but the former are really lovely -- Friedland's a hopeless romantic through and through. A nice, if not entirely necessary, read.
Love and sex in two partsI appreciated this book's depth into attitudes on love and sex on different continents. Love is necessary before all else.
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