Love Italian Style

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Submitter: Chapter 3 is where all the dirt comes out. We get great insight to a select few Italian males’ mind sets in 1966. This book interviews men in Italy and asks the same set of questions.

From the table of contents I had to read A Roman Truck Driver. How intriguing! I have included the full passage. He talks about how he has been carrying on affairs on his wife with prostitutes and dancing girls. I loved how when asked what he thought about homosexuals his response was “I think it’s a sickness.” He follows that up with two pages of how he has been engaging in gay sex. So open, so honest! In each passage the men surprisingly have had some sort of gay tryst.

Here’s the thing. This book is cataloged in the YA section of my local public library. I could see this book being in an academic library. I am not sure a public library, never mind cataloged in YA , would be right.

Holly: This is mildly interesting at best, but unless your community is largely Italian, it’s not that relevant to a public library audience. I agree that it doesn’t seem right for a YA audience too. Its age, subject, and relevancy to a modern general public library audience is really limited. It’s an easy weeder without  much risk of being missed. I want to see the chapter on the Sardinian Shepherd. Oh wait, maybe I don’t…


Love Italian Style contents

A Roman truck driver

Roman truck driver

Roman truck driver

Roman truck driver

Roman truck driver

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  1. Assuming the responses in this book are representative of the time (which I doubt), the book would still be woefully outdated. I doubt modern Italian males would give the same answers.

  2. Oh. my. gawd. Classic double standard – he’s screwing around on his wife, even dallying with men (sickness!) yet should she dare to have an affair, he would make her work as a prostitute, for his pleasure. Nice. Really nice. And is that author bra-less in her photo? Hmmm.

  3. I can’t imagine anyone looking twice at this book. Especially in YA. It’s an unappealing color, has a torn cover, uses hard-to-read title font and is yellowed with dense blocks of text. It should have been weeded long ago. On the other hand the stories would make an interesting read for a sociology student.

  4. OK, that’s pretty surreal. He just casually admits he’s having sex with guys for money and he doesn’t even count that as sexual relations outside marriage.

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