Chickens Eat Pasta: Escape to Umbria
Not just another romance, but a story of escapism, coincidences, friendship, luck and most of all… love.
Chickens Eat Pasta is the tale of how a young Englishwoman starts a new life after watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a mediaeval hill village in central Italy.
“Here I was, 26 years old, alone and numb with boredom at the prospect of a future which until recently had seemed to be just what I wanted.”
Unlike some recent bestsellers, this is not simply an account of a foreigner’s move to Italy, but a love story written from the unusual perspective of both within and outside of the story. As events unfold, the strong storyline carries with it a rich portrayal of Italian life from the inside, with a supporting cast of memorable characters. Along the way, the book explores and captures the warmth and colour of Italy, as well as some of the cultural differences – between England and Italy, but also between regional Italian lifestyles and behaviour. It is a story with a happy ending. The author and her husband are still married, with three children, who love the old house on the hill (now much restored) almost as much as she does.
Chickens Eat Pasta is Clare’s autobiography, and ultimately a love story – with the house itself and with the man that Clare met there and went on to marry. If you yearn for a happy ending, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a story that proves anything is possible if you only try.
UK Audiobook – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chickens-Eat-Pasta/dp/B07BYLZX3X
US Audiobook – https://www.amazon.com/Chickens-Eat-Pasta/dp/B07CBJRG9C
Something different on the blog today, but be honest, which of us can really say they’ve never woken up on a dull, grey morning and wanted nothing more than to run off on a great, romantic adventure to somewhere as fabulous as Italy? That’s exactly what Clare does, and this is the tale of that very adventure. Acting on impulse, she buys a rundown home in an Italian village, and this is her account of tackling all the joys and challenges which come with that.
Sometimes, the style of scene-cutting was slightly confusing, but the overall tale really drew me in, and the descriptions of life, food and friendship in Clare’s new community were sumptuous.
I’d recommend it to anyone with a keen sense of adventure, or love of Italian life (even if only through holidays and television), but it comes with a warning – you could be tempted to do the same next time you wake up to a rubbish morning…
About Clare Pedrick
Clare Pedrick is a British journalist who studied Italian at Cambridge University before becoming a reporter. She went on to work as the Rome correspondent for the Washington Post and as European Editor of an international features agency. She still lives in Italy with her husband, whom she met in the village where she bought her house.
Read her blog about life in Umbria here
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