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ISBN:1861974353
Author: Dan Hofstadter
ISBN13: 978-1861974358
Title: Falling Palace
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Language: English
Category: Writing Research and Publishing Guides
Publisher: BLOOMBERG PRESS @ (February 24, 2006)
Pages: 288

Falling Palace by Dan Hofstadter



We witness the centuries-old festivals that regularly crowd the city’s jumbled streets, and eavesdrop on conversations that continue deep into the night. We browse the countless curio shops where treasures mingle with kitsch, and meet the locals he befriends. In and out of these encounters slips Benedetta, the object of the author’s affections, at once inviting and unfathomable. Weaving the tale of an elusive love together with a vivid portrayal.

We witness the centuries-old festivals that regularly crowd the city’s jumbled streets, and A portrait of the sun-drenched volcanic city from an American who has lost his heart to the place and to a beguiling Neapolitan woman. This is as unknowable as Naples itself, and Hofstadter lovingly shows us how mysterious it all can be. This is a gem of a book and I was sorry to leave him and Naples when I finished it. As a post script, could some of the underground network Hof. describes be lava tubes? We have some tall ones on the "Big Island" here in Hawai'i.

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A portrait of the sun-drenched volcanic city from an American who has lost his heart to the place and to a beguiling Neapolitan woman. We witness the centuries-old festivals that regularly crowd the city’s jumbled streets, and eavesdrop on conversations that continue deep into the night. We browse the countless curio shops where treasures mingle with kitsch, and meet the locals he befriends

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In Falling Palace Dan Hofstadter brilliantly reveals Naples. Hofstadter’s book–free of knowingness, charged with experience–is written with the ease of affection and discovery. It is a story of love–for an arcane city and for a girl, Benedetta, who embodies the Neapolitan enigma. The city prevails on every page.

We witness the centuries-old festivals that regularly crowd the city’s jumbled streets, and eavesdrop on conversations that continue deep into the night.

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Reviews: 7
Celore
Having read and loved Hofstadter's book TEMPERAMENTS some years ago, I was inspired to read FALLING PALACE recently and was pleasantly rewarded. Hofstadter has a an easy, almost conversational style with a painterly eye for details. He has an alert but serene sensibility and a gift for personal reflection. His love of Naples is palpable and his descriptions of the city are memorable. The narrative (which can be quite suspenseful) holds some surprises, a lot of humor, some eccentric characters, and a haunting, almost melancholy afterglow. I recommend it to any serious reader. My only reservation is that the love affair at the center of the book is ultimately left a bit too vague. I kept feeling that there was some important emotion missing between the two characters, something unexplained, which left me with too many questions.
Ariurin
Although the book feels a bit disconnected and a bit unfinished, I thank the author for teaching me something about my own city I didn't know, and for reminding some things I had forgotten. If you are one of the many people who have bad preconceptions about Napoli, please read this book.
Painshade
I highly recommend Falling Palace if you're at all interested in Naples. I've been to the city as a tourist and Hofstadter's insights into that city's places and people helped frame my own experiences there. If you're looking for a romance, or for insights into love, this is probably not the book for you. I think the relationship side of the story would have been much improved had Hofstadter revealed more about himself, his past, and his feelings rather than attempting to so poetically and ornately describe everything. At times the book felt a bit overwrought. Despite that criticism, I still give it five stars overall.
Tolrajas
As an Italophile I love this kind of book that is not a superficial description of a city, but rather an intimate portrait of a vibrant culture complete with very personal observations about why Naples is worth a visit, if not an extended stay.
Undeyn
Don Hofstadter really embraces Naples wholeheartedly, and this is what makes the book such a good read. Rather than looking on as an outsider, he dives in and engages many of the local folk. He introduces us to many of his acquaintances, and in the process describes many fascinating aspects of Naples, its customs, neighborhoods, people and relations with other Italian cities.

The book is a combination memoir, travelogue, romance and history. If you are interested in Italy, you will enjoy this unique perspective on Naples.
Jelar
Some parts of this book are quite readable: especially when the author isn't talking about himself. The part about Naples underground is interesting. Some of the characters are entertaining. But the description of the author's relationship with his paramour is tedious. Nothing happens. The language is prolix, bordering on philological exhibitionism. I finished Part One. I came to a page announcing Part Two. That was enough.
Kikora
A sappy love story set in a fascinating local.
My only impression of Naples was a sun-filled afternoon many years ago while on a tour of nearby Pompeii and Sorrento. This book conjured those memories for me and made me want to go back and stay longer.

A delightful book, far more than a travelogue. Highly recommended!!!!