What a wonderful book is Letters to Strabo by David Smith published by Matador.
written with an amazing researched, absorbing english, it seemed the
transposition of a Woody Allen's movie in literature. There are in fact
all the elements dear to the famous director.
When I asked at Matador to read this book I thought that it was a travel book. It's much more and what a joy!
it happened centuries ago, when nobles traveled across Europe
experiencing what it meant visiting the best part of our corner of the
world for pleasure, the same does Finn, Adam Finnegan Black, American of
28 years starting in 1977 and fascinated, and that's the part I love
the most by Strabo and its Geography and by Mark Twain and it's
Innocents Abroad's book.
Finn will try to find portions of Strabo's
works in many European's cities he will stop by like also Twain and
Einsten's anecdotes and whoever possibly influenced this world through
history or literature. .
His erudition will include James Joyce. Finn will follow the steps of this great writer as well as Hemingway.
Why, am I fascinated by this travel book? Because it's....Unusual and truly beautiful what Finn did because he is young.
unusual that a young erudite man wants to follow the past, in
particular thanks to some old authors, for discovering the present and
looking at the same monuments, roads, streets, panoramas, sunlight as
did someone else lived some centuries ago.
traveling across Europe is a joke, because in comparison to the USA
Europe is very small. True, plenty of monuments, culture, a different
lifestyle but more reachable and accessible.
This book is a jewel.
to Finn, the protagonist we discover that not only culture and
erudition is possible but I can tell you that it is truly fun and never
boring if you do that in motion, with some gossip and following Finn!
with his lot of sexy adventures, girls, encounters, food, sometimes a
homicide when someone wanted to abuse of a girl, mixing up all with
James Joyce, Shakespeare and Company, Peggy Guggenheim, art, Tintoretto,
Every place is described meticulously, under every aspect and nothing is left at the imagination of the reader.
wasn't pretty satisfied of the description of Rome. A place of passage.
It would have been possible to write this world and the other of this
city but I know that Americans don't fall particularly in love for Rome.
to these old thinkers, Strabo and Mark Twain the explorations of these
lands more complete, more culturally elevated, and please, don't think I
am snob because I am not, I don't travel from a life! just I love to
seeing the best of this world, and I think that each of us should search
for it and should look at places searching for the best and not just
stopping by in touristic sites visited by everyone.
fascination of the narration is more intense if you think that this man
in love for a girl called Eve, a name I guess chosen for a precise
reason. With this girl he will start a long-term correspondence.
letters, phone calls, meetings somewhere in Europe when it was possible
with also other sexual intercourse in particular with a girl called
Francoise, pretty weird and rich.
The end is bitter-sweet like
life is, but it will present to Finn the greatest gift he could have
received from life and an existential choice pretty defined.
I thank Matador for this book review copy.
Anna Maria Polidori