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I am sure that there will be many who disagree with me but I found this book rather disappointing. Though the Cyrano de Bergerac type plot line has been played out before I had thought the idea behind this book had the potential to be quite funny with just enough romance. However, the characters were cartoonish exaggerations of real people. The Italian playboy, the hopeless romantic, the clueless American tourist…there was no depth in these characters and I often found myself asking “Am I supposed to care?” There are several unnecessary side plots which could be completely eliminated as they add nothing to the book. Also, there was no humor whatsoever! This could have been so funny and endearing but came off a little like euro-trash. The only parts of this book which were vividly written and inciting were the passages about the food. And how much can you listen to someone describing what they are cooking and/or eating? Finally, I am no prude to cursing but it was a bit much as were the sex scenes. They were overdone. I would not recommend.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A nixe light read, good narration and an interesting concept on the gods of old.
I enjoyed this but only in a light-summer-read kind of way. The basic premise of a foody take on Cyrano de Bergerac is quite well set up, and the narrative conveys an enticing sense of Italy, Italians and Italian food. That said, the plot seems to rather run out of steam before the end and goes off at some fairly wild tangents before finally bringing the two lovers together.
The reader is OK, but I rather got the impression that they had chosen someone with Italian credentials rather than someone who was able to do full justice to the light comedy of the narrative.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Great recipes, could almost taste the food. Funny and heartwarming. Enjoyed listening to it much more than when I read it a few years ago.