Review written by: Sarah Shaw
Jam packed with quotes, facts and history, “Naples Declared” will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Italian city and probably a lot you didn’t. I found this to be a hard read as so much information was offered that it was overwhelming, to the point of unpleasant, at times. The author clearly loves Naples and has thoroughly researched it in every conceivable way but that didn’t translate into an enjoyable read. And I think he knows it. At the end of the chapter two he says, “Even the politest people glaze over somewhere between Odoacer and Bishop Pomponius, and I am learning, at the tender age of fifty-nine, not to bore friends with things of interest only to me. At least I like to think so.” Apparently, he chose to bore the rest of us instead.