Saturday, June 18, 2011

Living La Dolce Vita? A Book Review

Just finished Raeleen d'Agostino Mautner's book.  She is something of a cultural psychologist.  This is more of a self-help style book than a manual on how to live superficially like Italians (throw on a scarf and heels and sip a glass of wine on your balcony, etc.).   

Much of it is common sense, but it is a good reminder of why the Italians seem to be living simpler, more relaxed lives.   If your life is totally out of whack, this is a great book.  If you already lead a balanced life and have your priorities in order, you may not need this book. 

She definitely makes a lot of generalizations, but you'd have to in order to summarize the lifestyle of an entire country.  Worth a read when you feel like you are on the hamster wheel, buy it used.