From Publishers Weekly
"Rome is so many things, but most of all, perhaps, a city of ghosts, of
memories, of visions, of time remembered and faithfully honored," writes
Murray (Janet, My Mother and Me) in this highly evocative, largely personal guide
to the Italian capital, the latest addition to the Crown Journeys series.
Having spent much of his childhood
and early adulthood in Rome, Murray
has many ghosts, memories and visions
to exhume. Thankfully for readers,
he keeps the reminiscing to a minimum
and fits up a straightforward and
well-researched but still romantic-and
even, at times, funny-portrait of
the city and its people. "Rome
is nothing if not a feast for the
eyes," Murray muses, and his
descriptions of the city's many churches,
ruins, fountains and piazzas display
his quirky assessments: the Palazzo
Venezia reminds him of "an old-fashioned
typewriter," the Piazza Navona
is "God's waiting room" and
the Coliseum boasts a "great
yawning fa‡ade staring out...
to testify to the city's imperial
past." Murray doesn't hesitate
to share negative depictions, either:
the Campo dei Fiori, "not one
of Rome's prettier scenes," is "hemmed
in by the burnt-orange and amber-colored
houses around it, and an air of doom
seems to hang over it, even at noon
on crowded market days."
Like a nice walk, Murray's work
is leisurely yet not too long, inspiring
daydreams of zooming around town on
a Vespa in an espresso-induced state
of ecstasy. Map not seen by PW.
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