After World War II, a young student who grew up with "the sounds of
Rome" in his ears returned to the city of his childhood to study
opera. On the fifth floor of an apartment on the Via Fontanella
Borghese, where an hour-long lesson cost fifty cents, this young
man "cracked a high note at the end of an aria." A voice called out
from the courtyard below that he should change his profession.
Lucky for us, he did.
In CITY OF THE SOUL, William Murray, who began his writing career
as a stringer for Time-Life and later penned <