By Tim Parks
Is Italy a united nation, or a unfastened association of warring states? Is Italian soccer a activity, or an ill-disguised protraction of historic enmities?
Tim Parks is going at the street to persist with the fortunes of Hellas Verona soccer membership, to pay a unique type of stopover at to a couple of the world's most pretty towns. this can be a hugely own account of 1 man's courting with a rustic, its humans and its nationwide recreation. A ebook that mixes the pleasures of commute writing with a profound research of 1 country's mad, mad means of retaining itself entertained.
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ON MEASVREMENTS o THE DIFFICULTIES I encountered in compiling this book was the need to give exact measurements. My training as a cook started early in my life by observing, helping, and emulating my mother and. father-both extraordinary cooks-who did all their measurements a occhro, by a rough estimate, and succeeded in making everything taste extremely good. When the recipes in this collection did not come from my parents' household, and I had not seen them while they were being prepared, I had to try them dozens of times before they tasted like the original ones.
Those who had talent displayed it in play acting, singing, or dancing. But even those who didn' t receive the reward of the applause, got presents and ma'ot (money) much as the American children receive presents and gelt on Chanuka. In fact Purim was the only occasion when children were given presents. For this reason the children truly cherished their gifts, which were generally interesting and sturdy, so that they remained in good condition for years. The main feature staged on Purim was based on the s tory of E~lher who persuaded her husband, the foolish King Ahasuerus, to save a ll the Jews, her people, and let Haman perish instead.
They ransacked their homes and stores and killed one man. At this point the Christian Pitiglianesi, who had tried to stop the farmers from attacking, defended their Jewish fellow villagers with sickles, shovels, and pitchforks, thus averting a massacre. That date was later inserted in the local Jewish calendar as a holiday and has been celebrated in Pitigliano ever since. As with everything that involved our religious activities, the building of the sukka~ was a family project, which gave us a sense of unity and cooperation.
A Season With Verona: Travels Around Italy in Search of Illusion, National Character, and...Goals! by Tim Parks