This is the first book started and the last one finished in my simultaneous multiple book reading mentioned earlier.
It’s a wonderful book. More so for the way it is written than the content (which is still noteworthy). The humour and personalisation of any subject he cared to focus on – or dispatch offhand – is priceless. His satire is presented almost as unassuming observations, making it all the more deliciously funny. He has some moments of poetry and pensiveness, as displays when he tries to describe the marvel of the light and colour spectre at Mont Blanc and notes the loss of wonder when we dissect matters.
From his note on the meticulously presented Italian police to general human conditions such as pride, prejudice and foolishness, I am left with a feeling that human nature and some aspects of a nation’s culture, do not change much over centuries.
While knowing that so much would have changed, I am also now keen to visit Heidelberg, The Alps and the Doge’s Palace (the latter also inspired by a painting by Canaletto), thanks to this book.
Saying all that, I found it increasingly difficult to navigate the book because it of the very slow to zero responsiveness of the iBook over the last quarter of the book (and this is on a brand new near-empty iPad mini). Further, there were absolutely no illustrations in this “illustrated edition”. Disappointing, as I was able to see the illustrations on my free ebook reader for Blackberry, reading a free copy of this book from the Gutenberg Project. These technical faults really took away a lot from the overall enjoyment.
Time for Kindle swap-over?