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by Robert J. Hutchinson

Download When in Rome: A Journal of Life in Vatican City ePub
  • ISBN 0385486472
  • ISBN13 978-0385486477
  • Language English
  • Author Robert J. Hutchinson
  • Publisher Main Street Books; 1st. ed edition (June 15, 1998)
  • Pages 289
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  • Category History
  • Subcategory World
  • Size ePub 1208 kb
  • Size Fb2 1701 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 431

Lighthearted and altogether fascinating, When in Rome is a delightful backstairs tour of one of the world's most mysterious and eccentric cities. With his wife and three young sons, Robert Hutchinson moved to Rome shortly before his thirty-ninth birthday, intending to explore the Vatican in depth. He sought to capture "the personality of the place: the smells and the traffic, the rich delicacies of Roman food, the perils of the Italian language, the way Italian monsignori push their way to the front of the line, just like their lay countrymen." When in Rome is the extraordinary journal of his Roman sojourn.With playful good humor, Hutchinson introduces the varied and colorful individuals who live and work in the Vatican. In the process, he explores the mysterious orders of medieval knights, some dating back to the First Crusade, which still play a vital role in the Vatican; explains how bumbling Vatican archaeologists found, and then lost, the bones of St. Peter; probes the sex lives of the popes, from the "pornocracy" of Sergius III to the incestuous orgies of Rodrigo Borgia; experiences high fashion in the Holy See, including a visit to the pope's personal tailor; encounters the weird relics of Catholicism, such as the mummified body of St. Pius X and a museum made entirely out of human bones; recounts the true story behind the True Cross, now kept in a run-down church near the Colosseum; and much, much more.Humorous, irreverent, but ultimately respectful, When in Rome does for the Vatican what A Year in Provence did for the French countryside, in an unforgettable and unprecedented eyewitness account of one of the most fascinating places on Earth.

If Rome is on your itinerary, When in Rome is an excellent take-along read that will help make the Vatican City come . Nice insights to life swirling about the secretiveness of the Vatican.

If Rome is on your itinerary, When in Rome is an excellent take-along read that will help make the Vatican City come to life. While Hutchinson can't crack the walls of secrecy protecting the Vatican, he does offer some insights into aspects that I found very interesting. This is the third or fourth book I have read about modern Rome and the Vatican, this one offered some fresh insights. Besides, it is a pleasant read.

Hutchinson set out to write a book about the Vatican that would answer the kinds of questions that tourists might ask, .

Lighthearted and altogether fascinating, When in Rome is a delightful. Hutchinson set out to write a book about the Vatican that would answer the kinds of questions that tourists might ask, . Book writers, on the other hand, often write only one.

Robert Hutchinson (born November 12, 1957) is an American writer and essayist known for his popular books on Christianity, Biblical Studies and the Vatican. When in Rome: A Journal of Life in Vatican City. Hutchinson has published articles in Christianity Today and . com, Fox News, CatholicExchange and Mercatornet.

Hutchinson introduces the varied and colorful individuals who live and work in the Vatican.

The author, Robert J Hutchinson, moved to the Eternal City in 1996, looking to capture the . Michael Collins, an adept Church Historian and Vatican City insider, gives an overarching view of daily life in the world’s smallest nation.

The author, Robert J Hutchinson, moved to the Eternal City in 1996, looking to capture the true essence of the place in his writing. This thorough guide is bound in a hardcover coffee table format, to better showcase several stunning photographs of the Eternal City that are beautifully curated to complement the text.

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See contact information and details about Robert J. Hutchinson. My name is Robert J. I was born in the Pacific Northwest, attended a Jesuit high school and university, studied philosophy and French in college, moved to Israel in my early 20s to study Hebrew, and earned an . degree in New Testament.

Published by HarperCollins 07/02/2000 (2000). ISBN 10: 0002740370 ISBN 13: 9780002740371.

Hutchinson, a longtime journalistic Vatican observer, has previously written on gambling and vice, which equips .

Hutchinson, a longtime journalistic Vatican observer, has previously written on gambling and vice, which equips him perfectly for his mission.

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Snowseeker
Nice insights to life swirling about the secretiveness of the Vatican. While Hutchinson can't crack the walls of secrecy protecting the Vatican, he does offer some insights into aspects that I found very interesting. This is the third or fourth book I have read about modern Rome and the Vatican, this one offered some fresh insights. Besides, it is a pleasant read.
Rocky Basilisk
Upon the advise of a good tour guide, I purchased this book after visiting and utterly enjoying the Eternal City. Please note that this is certainly not the ultimate guide to the Vatican or to understanding Catholicism. It is merely a collection of the amusing anecdotes of a journalist, who like other journalists has the opportunity to live in another part of the world and then comment about his impressions of adapting or accepting another culture.
In this instance, Hutchinson moves to Rome with the sole purpose of writing a "what I did on my summer vacation" book on the Vatican. He and his wife and three children, all practising Catholics already feel that affinity to Rome, the Pope and the Vatican that all Catholics innately experience. Here, Hutchinson explores with pure delight his connection with an institution that has lasted through 2000 years of tumultuous change and yet like the rock it was built upon, invariably stays the same.
Hutchinson's Roman adventures are sprinkled liberally with his slightly irreverant humor and yes, as other reviewers have commented, he does repeat himself. But instead of looking cynically upon these faux pas, think of Hutchinson as the prodigal son (or any other excited tourist with a film projector filled with slides) returning from the unknown and merely so thrilled by what he has seen and experienced, can barely contain himself. Enjoy his exuberance, visit Rome and share in it.
Although most entertaining for me were Hutchinson's stories about St. Peter's bones, the Borgia popes, and the holy relics, I found the entire book one refreshing breeze of a read that brought back for me the sound of the Vespas in a city that juxtaposes the old with the new in a very stylish and sophisticated way. Recommended reading for AFTER that trip to Rome---to relish all those "Roman" sensations all over again.
Gavinranara
Wonderfully fun and interesting information on the internal workings of the world's smallest country, great read before or after visiting the Vatican.
Phobism
Are all the editors dead? If you can get past the typos, try'n figure out the goofus history, e.g., Elizabeth I whacked her own sister? I suspect, as any 5th grader knows, he meant Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. Just plain sloppy and a shame, too. This work could have been both fun and accurate.
Rude
very negative
Bukus
This is a terrible book, poorly researched, poorly written, juvenile in spirit and jejune overall. The opening line more or less says it all, "One of the advantages of being a Catholic," Hutchinson says, "is that you get to see a lot of beautiful naked women." Dumb, juvenile, and not, in fact, one of the advantages of being a Catholic. The profile of Reginald Foster (who is not the "only man in the world who speaks Latin," despite the title), is perfect Hutchinson: superficial, smug, unable to stop for a moment to consider a conflict between appearance and reality, which a place like Rome should teach a man to do. A swine's tour of the pearls of Rome and religion.
Ustamya
Seldom has the real-life Vatican been portrayed so amusingly and in such detail by an American author. The book's stellar, pristine and pyrotechnic prose reveals some really juicy dirt about the current and the past Holy See. Hutchinson tells IT LIKE IT IS!!!!! AMEN!!!!! in short and easy to read chapters. This book was impossible to put down. I read it until I finished at 4 a.m. I wish he would write more about other places he would like to take his family on vacation. Also, I'd like even more scandal on what those sleazy Vatican journalists are up to!!!!! Wouln't mind hearing more about what the cardinals and other prelates are up to.
I am preparing for a trip to Rome and picked this up on impulse. It was a delightful laugh-out-loud funny read with a lot of interesting information. I later watched a National Geographic special on Rome and found that I knew quite a few things the special covered from reading the book. There are interesting fact-filled chapters on the Swiss Guard, how to tell the status of the clergy based on what they are wearing, and the history of the maintenance men for the Vatican. There was even a chapter on the excavations under St Peter's Basilica including some stories that I doubt we'll hear on the tour! I am so glad I read this and will be marking a few chapters for my husband to read as well.