Italians: A Crazy Love

Jan 24, 2015 893

by Rod Dreher

Via Prufrock, here's a review of a new book called The Italians, an affectionate but also critical view of the nation and its people by John Hooper, a Rome-based correspondent for The Economist. From the review, this bit exemplifying contradictions in Italian life starts by saying that the justice system is a bureaucratic joke:

"This farce allows organised crime to flourish. Hooper details the machinations of the three key arms of the Mafia: the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, Neapolitan Camorra and Calabrian 'Ndrangheta. Again the myths are forged in fact. Their brutality is recorded in gruesome detail. Yet, here, too, surprises arise".

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