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An Italian Journey: A Harvest of Revelations in the Olive Groves of Tuscany: A Pretty Girl, Seven Tuscan Farmers, and a Roberto Rossellini Film [Kindle Edition]

James Ernest Shaw

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"ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I have ever read on the good people of Italy, its foods, customs, and hospitality.” ~ Virginia H. Bliss

"I LOVED READING THIS BOOK!. It made me grateful to be half Italian." ~ Lynn Z

“THE MAN IS A GENIUS! James Ernest Shaw captured the Italian spirit.” ~ Lucretia Votta

“A GREAT BOOK” ~ Debbie Barnard Heinzman

"WONDERFUL BOOK!l An Italian Journey takes you to the real Italy...and you learn why its siren song is so magical." ~ Nancy E Roberts

"A MUST READ!! You will love it" ~ Maria Lodge

"A VERY GOOD BOOK! James Ernest Shaw writes very well—you can almost feel and see the things that he does.” ~ Roberta

"I LOVE ITALY & LOVED THIS BOOK! I fell in love with Italy 3 years ago. This book brought back some of the delightful scenes and experiences. I, too, noticed and enjoyed the hospitality. Tuscany was so beautiful and magical, just as the author described. It was like being there again." ~ Nancy

"A MARVELOUS BOOK ABOUT MARVELOUS PEOPLE! The book transported me back to two happy experiences. One was growing up on a farm with my Italian grandma, the other was spending a summer in Tuscany. Shaw's adventures are divided into engaging chapters that nicely incorporate quotes and beautiful illustrations. AN ITALIAN JOURNEY made my heart glow with appreciation for Italians, the land, and life in general." ~ Janine O

"PLANNING A TRIP TO ITALY? Read this so you don't miss out on the Italy that tours never visit. If you're staying at home, just sit back and enjoy the ride. Preferably with a nice Tuscan wine at your side." ~ Dianne Hales, author of La Bella Lingua

"MANY OF US WOULD LOVE TO LIVE THIS BOOK. James Shaw has done it for us and allowed us to come along. I like it all, an adventurous journey with a compassionate author. Well Done, Well Done." ~ Roscaloni

"I DIDN'T WANT AN ITALIAN JOURNEY TO END. We all have a "story" to tell of how our lives have been shaped by our faith. I so appreciated how the author wove the story of his faith journey into his journey of discovery in Italy. I'll be sharing this wonderful book! Ciao!" ~ Jeanne A

AN ADVENTURE OF THE HEART in the mold of literature's classic spiritual journeys.

IT BEGAN WITH A GIRL. Then it was Italian food. After that it was books and discovering that even Mark Twain had fallen for Italy.

E.M. Forster was smitten too: “Love and understand the Italians,
for the people are more marvelous than the land.”


Italian movies immortalize the mystique. Fellini called it "La Dolce Vita."
Tornatore's "Cinema Paradiso" took James Shaw back to the sweet memories of his childhood and the Italian family who operated the hometown theater. And just like in the movie, young James had an “Alfredo” who, by example, taught him about serving people.

James learned that Italians don't feel they're special. Luigi Barzini, author of
"The Italians," repeatedly asked, “Why are we the way we are?”—and found no
conclusive answer.

But James was convinced there was a reason why the Renaissance was born in Tuscany–and Italy has given the world Saint Francis, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Galileo and now Benigni, whose film "Life Is Beautiful" shows us that the Italian zest for living can even make a heaven of a hell.

And so, after a lifetime of thinking about Italy James became convinced that the way to find out why Italians are the way they are, would be to eat with them at their kitchen tables. Day after day he picked their olives and the Italians began treating him like family. And James began seeing their unique human quality that attracts people to Italy and keeps pulling them back again and again.

But the story doesn't end in the olive groves of Tuscany. To discover the
heart of Italian life, James had to travel back to World War II Italy.

An Italian Journey will inspire you to follow your passions, your enthusiasms,
to your own Beautiful Discoveries.


About the Author

James Ernest Shaw lives and writes on a small farm in Wisconsin, when he is not in Colorado or Tuscany. James is staying close to the land after a lifetime of adventure, flying and filming all over the world. He and his wife, Mardi, divide their time among their five children and six grandchildren.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 500 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: CAMPAGNA; Second NO PEN & INK DRAWINGS NO COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS edition (Nov. 27 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006NZ4UUW
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart-warming voyage Jan. 27 2012
By Dianne Hales - Published on
There is a bit of Italian, I believe, in everyone's soul and many different ways to discovering and enjoying this special spirit. In AN ITALIAN JOURNEY, James Ernest Shaw takes us along on a voyage, not just into Italy's heart, but his own. Shaw sought to connect with Italians by working side-by-side with them in Tuscan olive fields. But he harvested far more than a seasonal crop. Italy's people are indeed even more marvelous that their land, and Shaw's book is a worthy tribute to them.

If you're planning a trip to Italy, read this so you don't miss out on the Italy that tours never visit. If you're staying at home, just sit back and enjoy the ride. Preferably with a nice Tuscan wine at your side.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming!!! Dec 25 2011
By DianaRZ - Published on
I thoroughly enjoyed An Italian Journey! What a charming and wonderful story with such heart and vivid imagery! I found myself picking it up and not wanting to put it down. Perhaps it is my own love of Italy and my dream of living there and James' ability to transport me into my dream or perhaps it is just a wonderful book. Either way, I recommend you see for yourself!
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good you will want to read it again Feb. 14 2012
By Ilona - Published on
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The reader of An Italian Journey is in for a special treat as they follow the author throughout his journey to small olive farms in Tuscany. As his mode of transportation, James Ernest Shaw chose to use a bicycle on which he pulled a 50 lb. trailer. What an excellent way to experience the land and people of Italy. Before you finish reading the book, you will have no doubt of James' love for God, his relationship with Christ, and his love for the land that God created. This is one of those books you will want to read twice.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 7 weeks Dec 11 2012
By Luckydog - Published on
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Poorly written book in which the author takes his preconceived notions and goes on to "prove" them. He actually gets to know few locals, has a "moment" because a truck driver does not beep his horn at him. Author is false in telling locals what he really thinks. He has no impact on the lives of those he meets and when he can't find anything to say reverts to irrelevant religious themes. Author seems to not understand that he only saw a small part of a very regional country, he thinks all Italians are similar. He should have spent time in other parts of Italy. The authors religious themes come out of fear after an auto accident, not uncommon, he should have realized this. He never makes actual connections to people. Author did not spent enough time in Italy to know that when Italians were not allowed to divorce they moved on and lived with other people and had children with someone other than their spouse. The main problem with the book is he was not involved with local people, never made connections, or got to know anyone except on the most shallow level.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book needs to have a WARNING LABEL: "Contains preachy fundamentalist far-right text that some may find offensive" July 17 2014
By Julia W. - Published on
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So, there I am in Tuscany, having paid for this book on my Kindle, thinking it would be a wonderful companion on the trip. For the first couple of chapters, it is, although the simplistic writing hovers at the fifth grade level. But I put up with it because, after all, I'm in Italy! He's in Italy! Then I notice the phrases "thanking the Lord" and "thanking god" start to creep into the narrative. I keep reading...after all, the man explains that he survived a terrible accident in his 30s. Who am I to judge him for turning to religion, although I didn't expect that to be the topic of a travel memoir... Plus, he's biking through Tuscany, working on farms...what a great story...right?

Unfortunately, Mr. Shaw does not seem to share my predilection for refraining from judging others. Here's where it starts to get funky: "Feel good government aid is hard to be against, but the time may be coming when bureaucrats won't [sic] have to see the errors of their ways - that by paying money for kids born out of wedlock, they are encouraging the bastardization of America, of Italy" (loc 1351). I read on, thinking that perhaps this was a minor preachy moment that would pass. Nope. "I was thinking that giving extra money to single mothers discourages marriages, pure and simple. If we as a society dangle the carrot, should we be surprised that so many women take it?" (loc 1356) I keep reading from pure disbelief that this is in a book about "An Italian Journey". And then, he says to Pietro, "I just read that forty percent of the babies born in the United States are to unwed mothers", (loc 1360) RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE OLDER SINGLE MOTHER WHO IS HIS HOST. gets better...he congratulates himself for not going further "because it might have hurt Aurora's feelings..." (LOC 1364) Duh, YA THINK?!?!

Needless to say, I've deleted the book. What a disappointment. If I wanted to read about conservative moralistic thinking, I could have paid for something by Ann Coulter.

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