The Other Side of the Tiber: Reflections on Time in Italy

The Other Side of the Tiber: Reflections on Time in Italy

Wallis Wilde-Menozzi / Feb 27, 2020

The Other Side of the Tiber Reflections on Time in Italy A moving and illuminating memoir about a singular woman s relationship with a fascinating and complex countryA fresh nuanced perspective on a profoundly perplexing country this is what Wallis Wilde M

  • Title: The Other Side of the Tiber: Reflections on Time in Italy
  • Author: Wallis Wilde-Menozzi
  • ISBN: 9780374534318
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • A moving and illuminating memoir about a singular woman s relationship with a fascinating and complex countryA fresh, nuanced perspective on a profoundly perplexing country this is what Wallis Wilde Menozzi s unique, captivating narrative promises and delivers.The Other Side of the Tiber brings Italy to life in an entirely new way, treating the peninsula as a series of diA moving and illuminating memoir about a singular woman s relationship with a fascinating and complex countryA fresh, nuanced perspective on a profoundly perplexing country this is what Wallis Wilde Menozzi s unique, captivating narrative promises and delivers.The Other Side of the Tiber brings Italy to life in an entirely new way, treating the peninsula as a series of distinct places, subjects, histories, and geographies bound together by a shared sense of life A multifaceted image of Italy emerges in beautiful black and white photographs, many taken by Wilde Menozzi herself as does a portrait of the author Wilde Menozzi, who has written about Italy for nearly forty years, offers unexpected conclusions about one of the most complex and best loved countries in the world Beginning her story with a hitchhiking trip to Rome when she was a student in England, she illuminates a passionate, creative, and vocal people who are often confined to stereotypes Earthquakes and volcanoes a hundred year old man Siena as a walled city Keats in Rome the refugee camp of Manduria the Slow Food movement realism in Caravaggio the concept of good and evil Mary the Madonna as a subject from these varied angles, Wilde Menozzi traces a society skeptical about competition and tolerant of contradiction Bringing them together in the present, she suggests the compensations of the Italians long view of time Like the country, this book will inspire discussion and revisiting.

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      • Wallis Wilde-Menozzi

        There were seasons always white and white giving way to tender green and there were stories of different generations I grew up in Wisconsin amid stability and quiet natural beauty After graduating from the University of Michigan, I lived in Oxford, England, New York City, London, Rome, Palo Alto, California and finally, Parma, Italy Willed or not, my Midwestern accent has never been replaced, even by learning other languages.The decades I have lived in Italy brought me to the door of different ways of seeing I knocked, not without trepidation, and have never gotten through half of the rooms I write about our times in poetry, essays, memoir, nonfiction, and fiction.I teach in Europe and the U.S lecture widely, and am a founding member of the Ledig Rowohlt International Writers Residence in Lavigny, Switzerland There I have read the work of than 500 writers from 65 countries There, as in workshops I have held with doctors and patients, writers using two languages, semester long classes with undergraduate students of poetry and essay, I continue to marvel at how words can change lives.


    208 Comments

    1. I have been an ardent fan of Wallis Wilde Menozzi since reading her Mother Tongue, An American Life In Italy. Once again, in The Other Side of the Tiber, I am overwhelmed by the breadth of material the author tackled, explored, examined, reflected upon well as the remarkable insights she shares. Her thorough understanding of the too often extremely baffling nuances of Italian life and culture is profound and so well illustrated by numerous examples to which (as someone who has lived in Italy for [...]


    2. **I won this book in a Giveaway. Thanks !**I’m conflicted about this book. I can totally see the beauty in the writing and the stories, but it just didn’t do anything for me personally. The entire time I was reading, I could admit that the sentences were beautifully formed and amazingly written, but I only understood about 60% of each line. It was almost too complicatedly written for a memoir/travel book. For me, travel books should make me exciting about the place it’s describing. The bo [...]


    3. It was an interesting read, although I skipped some parts dealing with art in a lot of detail. It shows a fresh perspective on the way Italians do things (or, at least, did in the 60s-70s)


    4. This is a beautiful book about what it means to be a young woman alone in Rome. Wilde-Menozzi, after fleeing her marriage and a good job at Oxford University, spontaneously moves to Rome and rents a single room in a rowdy courtyard full of characters, some she describes in devastating detail. She has moved to focus on her goal of becoming a writer (something she obviously accomplishes). This book is part-memoir, of course, but it's also a lovely introduction to Rome-- her vivid description will [...]


    5. I received The Other Side of the Tiber as part of a giveaway.The daughter of a political family in the American Midwest, Wallis Wilde-Menozzi arrived in Italy decades ago by way of Oxford and a failed first marriage. Since that time, she has made Italy her home, marrying an Italian man and raising a daughter. These are her thoughts on a range of subjects in Italy, including, art, food, architecture, social and political attitudes, and physical and cultural landscapes.I found this a really engag [...]


    6. The Other Side of the Tiber is a subtle yet generous masterpiece. With a simple subject, a young American woman on her personal quest of self-discovery while living in Rome, the author opens up the foundations on which our civilization is based, questioning constantly her discoveries so that she includes the reader in each step of the way. Intelligent, but modest, Wallis Wilde-Menozzi allows readers, at their own pace, to advance from one part of the mosaic to another, offering photographs as pr [...]


    7. Wallis Wilde-Menotti arrived in Italy in the 1960s, a young American woman looking for a new start after a failed relationship. Years later, married to an Italian scientist and with an adult daughter, she wrote this combination of memoir and essay. It is not a book to read straight through quickly, but a book to savor slowly. Every page yields beautifully crafted sentences, thoughts worth reflective pause and writing worth appreciating. I was charmed both by her love for the people of her adopte [...]


    8. Possibly it is being in Rome for a three week stay, and reading "The Other Side of the Tiber", that made this book so personal and revealing. But I think it is more than that. I think there is a resonance of thought in the book that extends beyond Rome, to the American Midwest, and to an understanding of how people resolve their lives within a culture, whether that be a birth culture or an adopted community. Wallis Wilde-Menozzi provides insight into the Italian people and culture and answers ma [...]


    9. This memoir of time in Italy included no maps of the country (a pet peeve of mine) yet I found it probably didn't need one. It was more a series of meditations on aspects of a life time in Italy, often concentrating on its art and long history. Some parts were very good, at others, I felt my mind wandering


    10. This was a very thoughtful and reflective memoir about a Italy and what it means to be Italian told from the perspective of an American expat. The writing was beautiful, but at times a little too opaque. It made the final product somewhat unapproachable. I actually kind of liked this book, but it wasn't quite what I was expecting.


    11. Endless run on sentences and inside jokes and stories made what could have been an interesting book into a rather tedious one. There were moments when the information was really interesting or at least new. But it just didn't catch me. Only finished it because it was a review book.


    12. Almost any memoir that is set in Italy or in the city of Paris will hold my interest, and this oneis especially good in portraying the amazingculture and complexity of modern Italy.




    13. A little drudging at times, but an all-around experience on Italy, from its food to its history, art and culture.



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