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Coins in the Fountain [Reading] ➿ Coins in the Fountain Author Judith Works – With middle age looming Judith Works decided it was time for a change but after graduating from law school at age forty seven she still faced the uestion What now Casual conversations about far off tr With middle age looming Judith Works decided it was time for a change but after graduating from law school at age forty seven she still faced the uestion What now Casual conversations about far off travels with husband Glenn became a reality with the offer of a dream job at the United Nations in Rome ItalyCoins in the Fountain brings life the challenges of acclimating to the beautiful and chaotic ancient city of Rome Judith shares her Coins in PDF or struggles to learn the arcane rules and folkways of the UN while Glenn begins his valiant effort to cook Italian style as they both endeavor to embrace la dole vita With an extraordinary count and countess for friends dogs in the doctor's office snakes and unexploded bombs on the golf course along with a sinking sailboat rocking on the ocean the unexpected was always just around the cornerThrough wit wry humor and descriptions of enticing food and travel adventures Judith takes you on a journey into the heart of what it is truly like to live in the Eternal CityAccording to Roman lore if you toss a coin over your shoulder into the famous Trevi Fountain the gods will grant you a return trip When it was time for them to leave Judith made that hopeful toss and her wish was granted.

10 thoughts on “Coins in the Fountain

  1. Kris Kris says:

    Perhaps the biggest problem I had was overcoming the fact that going in I thought this was a novel based on her experiences not fully a recount of her experience I liked the parts where she described Italy and the differences in the cultures but I wasn't overly thrilled with the writing itself nor did I actually care about things that happened

  2. E.J. Bauer E.J. Bauer says:

    Of course I reached for this book because it's about Italy I love Italy and was prepared for a wonderful escape to Rome highlighting the wine food customs festivals and perhaps visits to other parts of the country I got exactly what I'd hoped for but so much If you want a wonderful mix of history geography and beautifully written observations of the passing parade that was Rome around the turn of the millennium then this is well worth a read It's been skilfully woven with literature and film references and makes me hope my coins in the Trevi Fountain will someday work their own magic

  3. Tripfiction Tripfiction says:

    Memoir set in ROMEHow does a North American woman stationed in Rome for the UN acclimatise to the weird and wonderful world that is Rome? Armed with an Italian Dictionary the biography of the Borgias and a Michelin Guide for the city printed for the first time way back in 1959 apparently she was ready to embrace the Eternal CityJudith Works is offered a work posting to the city and with affable husband Glenn in tow the two set up home in the EUR District of the city the letters standing for Espozione Universale Roma This is not the Rome of ruins but the brainchild of Mussolini the area earmarked to celebrate 20 years of Fascism in 1942; but the war came along and put significant dampers on his megalomaniac plansAt first her Anglo Saxon reticence to engage in full on life in the city is utterly palpable She observes the chaos from the sidelines lamenting the poor kitchen and bathroom facilities and colourful disorder that makes Rome what it is But – whilst mild mannered Glenn is in the background getting stuck into experimental Italian cooking – she begins to mellow as the city works its magic on her For sure it remains at heart frustrating in many bureaucratic ways but the complex edifice that is the city of Rome and its history is soon there for the taking and absorbing And absorb and wonder she does Rome she determines is much like living in an operaAll things atrocious and shameless flock from everywhere to Rome Tacitus “Not much has changed in that regard from the turn of the second century AD” she writesThey spend a couple of years there and then return to North America But she must have thrown several coins into the Trevi Fountain doing this means you will return to the city and they return once again still charmed and addicted to the city Her wonderment grows and with it the reader embarks with her on adventures enthralled by her discoveries and simple pleasures – mainly food it has to be said and what’s not to like about that as she fills her book with a rich pot of interesting observations and facts peppered with useful tips She herself masters the art of sprezzatura or as much as someone who is not born in Rome can – the art of making the difficult look effortlessHer descriptions of the food markets are sumptuous and she muses how many other countries including her own have disappeared into a culture of clingfilm and ready made meals and what a loss to the senses that really is She ponders the observation that many food markets also feature stalls of shoes perhaps the two somehow go hand in hand but hers is not to uestion the apparently tenuous connectionAnd Christmas what joy The build up starts so much later in the calendar early December when it’s time to set up the ubiuitous presepi figures are collected year in year out to build up a delightful and uniue nativity scene to create the presepio She delights in the stalls on the Piazza Navona but as this memoir was written when the lira was still the currency of Italy I am sad to report that the Christmas market no longer takes place it stopped a couple of years ago But you can still enjoy her recommended visits to Volpetti for all your deli needs purchase you confetti the common nuptial sweets in Sulmona just feast your eyes on the vast arrays on this website and head over to the Taverna dei Barbi in MontalcinoAs the Kirkus Review of this book says “Armchair travel books are rarely as good as this one”

  4. R.S. Gompertz R.S. Gompertz says:

    The expat roller coaster is captured with style and substance in this well crafted tale of an mid life career change that leads to a Roman adventure Anyone who wonders about living abroad or anyone who has immersed herself in the sights smells tastes and travails of foreign living will enjoy Coins in the Fountain This entertaining and informative book flows nicely as the initial defeats give way to small victories and eventually to swimming like a fish in a Roman fountain almost Judith Works weaves between the workplace and the marketplace as she provides both historical and emotional context interspersed with anecdotes broader reflections and delicious meal descriptions and cooking tips Her sense of humor is wonderful and her keen eye for illuminating details and human foibles renders the richness and uirks of navigating both the amusing and frustrating obstacles of daily life on and off the job in RomeAll in all an enjoyable memorable and savory read Coins in the Fountain

  5. Connie Connie says:

    I have to admit that I did not finish this book While I made it to almost the halfway point I found my thoughts constantly drifting away so it was time to give up trying Unlike most memoirs I have read it just doesn't have those interesting anecdotes that make books like this so entertaining Instead it is worded like this this person did this and this person did that I also have no sense at all when the author was in Italy I did not find a single year mentioned other the 1950's when she was young and the years that some of the buildings were built If I had to guess I think her experiences may have been in the 1980's or 1990's which could explain why the book comes across so methodicallyOn the other hand the author has added a good bit of history and she really does a rather thorough job of describing the scenery foods and stores That information may be interesting to some people Looking at the other reviews it seems that many people enjoyed the book than me I invite you to judge for yourself

  6. Kat Kat says:

    The setting so redolent of the past always made me mindful of the continuity that so characterizes Italy and how I was part of that endless procession pagan and Christian rich and poor native and foreign who all shared in its eternal beauty A beautifully written book that brought Rome to life Although Works shares something of her own personal experience of Rome the majority of the book is devoted to descriptions of the world she finds around her during the years she spends working in Rome Rome itself is a very complex and immense character that is beautifully portrayed in the author’s writing The author is fortunate enough to see a lot of Italy Compared to her descriptions of Rome some the of the magic is lost when she describes the rest of her travels in Italy and at times it can a little monotonous and so the second half of the book is not as strong as the first The author also travels to developing areas of the world through her job and the author is very aware of her privileged situation as she concludes after a visit to a deprived area “In the late afternoon we sat on a ledge and watched the sun set in the west and a full moon rise in the east as they always have no matter what lies beneath the light—whether of the world’s horrors the possibilities of peace or my comfortable well fed life” This is a great book for anyone who is visiting Rome or who like me simple loves the city of Rome and has a lot depth and a superiority to other similar books of this ilk

  7. Italo Italophiles Italo Italophiles says:

    It is difficult to review a book that is like several books in one and that is the case with this book The memoirs was inspired by the author's time living in Rome Italy while she worked for two United Nations organizations The stay allowed the shopping and travel addict to indulge her dual addictions liberallyWe read about her work her travels her purchases and also about her past and present life All is sprinkled liberally with uotes Italian words humor history and Italian food Her travels in Italy left her a lifelong Italophilemy heart remains in Italy with its abiding connection to the pastDespite all her travels and reading she admitsit is impossible to know all of Italy with its overabundance of everythingThis book offers an abundance of anecdotes I had to put it down often because I came to feel it was an overabundance of stories but that just means the reader will get their money's worth with this memoirs that is about much than Rome and ItalyEver wonder what it would be like to work for one of the UN's charitable organizations? You'll discover that in the book since the author worked for two such organizations both based in Rome The pampered existence for the ex pats who too often revert to their worst when not surrounded by the social pressures of their home country to behave is not as attractive as it might seemEver wonder what it would be like to live in Rome? You'll discover that in the book in minute detail It might not be what you expect because Italian cities are pretty horrible Only the history and art make them livable The pollution expense inefficiencies crime filth and lack of amenities that many of us take for granted would put off most people The nearness to the Italian countryside is the biggest appeal of the cityEver wonder what it would be like to work in a personnel department? You'll discover that too in the book since that is where the author spent her working career You'll see how one comes to view employees rather cynically from that perspectiveEver wonder what sights are within easy drives or overnight stays from Rome? You'll discover many of those in much detail in this book because the author and her very supportive husband were rarely still exploring central and southern Italy even neglected regions like Basilicata Longer trips in Italy to Sicily and other popular locations are included tooThere are stories than those about trips to African countries and Cambodia and Spain Italian food parties colleagues the US Forest Service her employer in the States shopping shopping an ex husband who should have been spared inclusion in the book in my humble opinion markets apartments clothing tourists Gypsies Roma sailboat trips by her husband and ex pat life in country and after returning homeTo spend that much time with one person via their memoirs you need to be able to relate to them on some level If you share some of her pre Italy US American life experiences that would help She doesn't always behave honorably and shows some superficial values but that is mostly forgiven because of her erudition and intellectual curiosity Everything is filtered through a US lensThe author admits to having lived a sheltered US American life of affluence and ignorance before moving to Italy Actually I was very surprised she got the job in Rome; she seemed an unlikely candidate for a foreign post lacking language life and work experience She became a person one could consider very greedy for new experiencesIf you enjoy history along with your travel stories peppered with thoughtful literary uotes you should enjoy this book I think it might hold most appeal for armchair travelers readers who like living vicariously through others or those who are planning to go on an extended tour of central and southern ItalyMy full and illustrated review is at Italophile Book Reviews I received a review copy of this book This is my honest reviewhttpitalophilebookreviewsblogspot

  8. Wendy Kendall Wendy Kendall says:

    Coins in the FountainA Memoir of RomeBy Judith WorksYou’re invited on a Roman holiday You’ll linger over each page of this book savoring the full flavored descriptions of all that is seen heard tasted and felt Just like all holidays you won’t want this book to end Judith is an adventuresome American who eagerly sought the extraordinary experience of working with the United Nations organization in Italy Now we’re fortunate that she’s sharing her expatriate and also her traveler experiences with the rest of usOften tourists regret not glimpsing about the culture and people of the countries they travel to Here Judith’s tales setting up a household and then a life in Rome treat you to those insights of what it is to be Italian The descriptions of all aspects of la dolce vita are enhanced with the author’s delightful dry humor As with life everywhere there is the good the bad and the ugly and this book holds back nothing from a well rounded account for the reader Narratives of the Italian meals cooked at home as well as enjoyed in restaurants are featured Meals are events Words from the beautiful Italian language are sprinkled throughout the book too delighting the readerThere are several dimensions to this memoir In addition to life in Rome another interesting aspect is the description of the work done for the United Nations The initial work described is with the FAO Food and Agricultural Organization These situations “presented new problems complicated by the mix of nationalities cultures work locations and legal arrangements Adding to the tangle the United Nations has its own laws as well as individual agreements governing its presence” Later the author works for the FAO’s even adventuresome sister food agency the World Food Programme Stories shared in this book about dedicated people assigned all over the world were touchingAll five senses are immersed in the vivid descriptions of the bountiful landmarks in Rome With years of residency to draw from the author presents the places so many of us have only heard of and also many surprises in Rome as well But that’s not all For you virtual travelers Judith also shares extensive excursions taken all over Italy But it’s not just the sights sounds and tastes in Judith’s descriptions; she includes very interesting historical information to explain the background and then relates it to present day The writing flows so easily it is sprezzatura the art of making the difficult look effortlessYou’ll enjoy this gracious artistic view of life in Italy and you can reread it over again without throwing coins in the fountain Thereby hangs a tale

  9. LaBibliodeCaro LaBibliodeCaro says:

    Coins in the Fountain is a captivating memoir written by Judith Works who has clearly led uite a hectic exciting life Moving from the US to Italy to occupy an incredible job at the United Nations in Rome she and her husband have to adjust to a new language a new culture a new way of life a new “everything” basically On top of that you should know that at the time they started this adventure it was near the end of the eighties so forget all the practical technology online banking and high speed Internet we now rely on and could not live withoutWhen she shares her many awkward or funny anecdotes that took place at the beginning of her journey you won’t resist laughing a little Experiencing the cultural shock helps you grow and learn about yourself I know what I am talking about let’s not even mention the impact of the reverse cultural shock Coins in the Fountain made me reflect of my own experiences so I liked this book a lotIt is filled with interesting informative and entertaining stories on a vast array of topics from local traditions and cuisine to politics and history religion and culture It is meticulously researched and detailed It makes for a vivid tale The author really managed to encapsulate what expatriate life can be like trips friends job discoveries bad moments and happy moments I particularly enjoyed reading the bittersweet ending You can really tell how hard it can be to leave behind your new heart homeIf you are unsure you’ll enjoy this kind of once in a lifetime adventure do read this book it’ll help change your mind to give it a go

  10. Barbara Conelli Barbara Conelli says:

    As a lifelong nomad globetrotter and expat I love meeting fellow travelers who’s had the privilege to experience living in a foreign country – especially if the country is Italy my home away from home and the love of my lifeIn her book “Coins In The Fountain” whose title is a reminiscence of the famous movie Judith recounts her and her husband’s adventures in Italy that were a dream come true although sometimes uite bittersweetJudith’s narrative is colorful captivating and deliciously genuine Having experienced both faces of Italy the beautifully romantic as well as the painfully irritating she is very candid in the way she shares her story Although a memoir “Coins In The Fountain” reads like a novel and feels like a movieJudith has an extraordinary talent to make you part of her story I envisioned myself sitting with her over a cup of coffee on the piazza listening to her Italian anecdotes The book is vivid and brilliant compact with stories excellently woven together and it’s a must read if you love Italy just like meWhen I finished reading “Coins In The Fountain” I wished Judith’s story would continue Who knows maybe one day it will – and I hope she writes another exuisite book about it

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