A city of seemingly irreconcilable opposites, Naples is simultaneously "glorious and ghastly" as Ben Taylor acknowledges. And yet such is his affection for the place that Taylor—also the much-praised editor of Saul Bellow: Letters—is able here to meld these contradictions into a whole that makes this the exciting and original book it is. He takes his stroll around the bay and immerses us in all aspects of this contrapuntal culture.
"There is no more witty, worldly, cultivated or amiably candid observer imaginable than Benjamin Taylor. This book belongs on the shelf of the very best literary travel guides."—Philip Lopate