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Fantasy in Florence: Leaving Home and Loving It Hardcover – Apr 26 2007

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  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: McArthur & Co (April 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552786439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552786437
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 19.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #787,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Rod McQueen has been a journalist for twenty-five years and is the author of a dozen books including The Eatons: The Rise and Fall of Canada's Royal Family. Sandy, a teacher turned real estate agent, went back to school at the Ontario College of Art and Design. After their life-changing experience in Florence, they are living in Toronto again, but can still feel the Mediterranean in their bones.

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By Book clubber on Oct. 18 2013
Format: Hardcover
The author has not represented the OCAD University Florence Off-Campus Program accurately. The bias as the husband of a program member is evident. There are numerous errors and accusations that belittle the students and faculty in the program. Too bad that a journalist has chosen to abandon objectivity and turn this into a personal diatribe. Too bad he did not confine himself to the description of the book as described.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aldo Violi on May 28 2007
Format: Hardcover
The latest book by Rod McQueen is a revelation. Fantasy in Florence comes after a long string of books: The Icarus Factor; The Eatons; Who Killed Confederation Life; books that had established the writer as one of Canada's pre eminent business authors. The move, from chronicling the wheeling and dealing in the boardrooms of the nation to witnessing the search for contentment in the workrooms of Florentine artisans, represents for the reader more than a change of pace, or venue. That move required the author set aside his tourist cap and clinical observer spectacles, for a different mantle, the tailoring of which saw him plunge deeper and deeper into the modern roots of western culture. With wife Sandy, an accomplished artist at his side in the role of a living muse, the process of acculturation, painless and quick, resulted in bringing to life a graceful city steeped in the ageless values of renaissance, where artisans still compete in the pursuit of excellence for the sake of excellence. Wife Sandy is never too far away. Her art and vivacity permeate the book with Florentine authenticity; for author, Rod McQueen, having become a Florentine at heart, Fantasy in Florence laureates him as a Scrittore Canadese.
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