This is a wonderful book by an author who won a Pulitzer prize. It is a story that will capture the reader and inspire like no story that I have read for a long time.
This story is a revelation. It is at heart a love story–of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession for a writer for another language.
For Jhumpa Lahiri that love was for Italian which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college.
After Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterward, true mastery always eluded her.
Seeking full immersion, she decides to move to Rome with her family, for a trial by fire, a sort of baptism into a new language and world.
There she begins to read and write initially in her journal solely in Italian.
This book is an autobiographical work written in Italian, investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice.
The book is presented in a dual-language format. It is a great story that showcases Italian and English. Since I know a bit of Italian, I could even get nuances in the Italian that didn’t quite translate. I just loved that kind of exploration of the text.
This is a powerful story of a writer searching for herself in words.
Rating: 5 stars