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.
I would like to thank the author, publisher and blog tour organiser for the ARC in return for an honest review.
There were many things that I enjoyed about this book, the sense that anything in life is possible if you are willing to take a leap into the dark, to take a chance on a new life. It really comes across in such a positive way, even with the all the hurdles she faces, you really feel that she made a life many of us dream about. I also loved that this is not one of those women makes romantic move to be with the man of her dreams, it is all about the leap of faith she took as a single, capable women and the new life she forged for herself.
I also loved the style in which it was written. You feel throughout that your there in Italy with her! The friends she makes are written in such a way, it sometimes felt that I knew them myself, so vivid were the descriptions of their characteristics, even down to the gestures they make when they are agitated or happy. The writer also built up in my mind the beauty of the area she moved to and when I saw the pictures provided of the house she had purchased and renovated, it was exactly how I thought it would look, just from reading the text. The writing imbues the story with a sense of love and creates images of where she was living after moving there from Brighton.
It takes bravery to make a new life away from what is familiar, create a home, start a new job and that really comes across. Yes there are dips and wobbles, but that all part of what made this book such an interesting read for me. I’m not the type of person who could take a leap of faith in this way, but reading this book, gave me a window into what it is like to do so. It opened up a new world for me as a reader. Books enable us to take journeys from the comfort of our homes, if it’s not possible for us take up our own challenge and then we can do so with others and Chickens Eat pasta gave me that chance to gaze into another world and it was a genuinely enjoyable read. For a few hours I was in Italy and I recommend that others do the same by reading this charming book.
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About the author
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.