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Now, with a new afterword from the Bard of Tuscany herself, the 20th anniversary edition of Under the Tuscan Sun brings us up-to-date with the book's most beloved characters. But it's so delicious, read it first yourself. She has, by the sweat of her brow and the strength of her vision, become a layer in the history of this place. Her bestselling memoir on her time there paints a vivid description of the town, the people and the lush surrounding countryside of rolling hills and vineyards. A poet and a gourmet cook, Mayes includes a number of chapters on food, replete with classic Italian recipes to further whet the appetite.
The mood of the book is upbeat, joyous, and often humorous. The Tuscan sun has definitely warmed up Mayes' life. View 2 comments. I first heard about this story when the film version was being hyped. For some reason I never bothered to view it, perhaps because it appeared amidst other seemingly trite films that did not interest me.
However I found this copy in the used library bookstore and from the inside cover description I realized that it's subject matter greatly interested me.
Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun, At Home in Italy is her personal account of a life shifting and settling in the landscape of the Italian c I first heard about this story when the film version was being hyped. Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun, At Home in Italy is her personal account of a life shifting and settling in the landscape of the Italian countryside. But it is more than a merely picturesque recounting of her experiences, her story has many layers that together recall that sense of nostalgia that can only be found in the true sweetness of memory.
The smells and sounds that create that subtle ache for the events and experiences that in remembering achieve their deepest meaning. Her life undone becomes her greatest practice of living in the now. It gives me joy to accompany her on this path through her own poetic journaling and to read beneath and in between her words the discovery of a life deconstructed along with her old farmhouse which like her is being reborn through years of neglect.
May she and all of us continue to learn to live creating the lives we desire with plenty of local grown food, wine and personal harvest! Aug 08, Kay rated it liked it Shelves: The movie made her far more interesting than the book did.
Movie version: The trip is to help Mayes recover from the divorce. She falls in love with the country, finding magic in unexpected places and buys a villa.
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In restoring it, she learns to love herself again, as she learns Italian ways of living. Book version: They are utterly ignorant about restoring an old house.
Hijinks ensue. They're only there in the summers. Seriously, which would you pick? There are interesting parts about local Italian history and the occasional magic moment, but mostly it's a "look at how cool my normative life is, aren't you jealous? Be aware that the three star rating is because Mayes is a competent writer who occasionally includes some really beautiful prose. What this rating is NOT based on is an engaging story.
But I can't fault her competency in her craft. If you liked Eat Pray Love, you may also like this one. I believe the reverse is also true. Jan 22, Bam rated it really liked it Shelves: I am surprised by how many bad reviews this book has received here on goodreads.
Yes, the movie version is very loosely based on this book, so don't come looking for that story here. And yes, it is a memoir and not a novel. And yes, Mayes is a privileged woman who has earned the ability to buy a decrepit villa in Tuscany as a second home, renovate it and furnish it. Who hasn't dreamed of doing just that? I thoroughly enjoyed her descriptions of the renovation process, the land, the people, t I am surprised by how many bad reviews this book has received here on goodreads.
I thoroughly enjoyed her descriptions of the renovation process, the land, the people, the ancient history of the area and oh, the food!
Thank goodness she has included a few recipes to try. While i thoroughly enjoyed the book, i WILL say that its not what i expected since i had seen and enjoyed the movie first. I guess i was slightly disappointed in 2 things: Author summers in Tuscany, buys an old farmhouse, refurbishes it, travels through Italy, and cooks constantly. Then, when you finish it, flip the pages back and start the article again. But substitute the Zuppa Toscana with Porcini Risotto. The Pesto Crostini for the Fontina Bruschetta.
A Plot: A full-bodied Montepulciano for the earthy Sangiovese. And keep reading. Over and over again. It's hard to read a page book that has no plot. It's just hard to keep opening it up on the bus everyday.
Each passage is very interesting, but a travel article - which is what it is - can only sustain a reader for so long, even when done well. This book makes me want to visit Italy Oh! It makes me want to slowly sip a glass of Brunello di Montalcino in the fading evening sun.
Essentially, it makes me want do something other than continue reading. It makes me want to be somewhere else: Somewhere sunnier, where the cheese is richer, the vino is bolder, the afternoons are slower, and the magic of human civilization is much much older and wiser.
I have the thrill of giving this book the most unforgettable and interesting bad review I've given so far. This was a re-read, and I loved it again. I know there's plenty here who don't think much of this book, but it totally appeals to my utterly romantic notions of running away to live in Europe someday And my list TBV list - "to be visited" - tee hee has been growing ever since. This was also my first PalmPilot read, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I compl This was a re-read, and I loved it again.
This was also my first PalmPilot read, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I completely enjoyed reading on my teensy little baby computer. I wonder if we will ever reach that vision of the paperless society that was touted when the first home computers came out way back when.
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Jan 02, Antof9 rated it it was ok Shelves: I saw the movie first and didn't realize it was based on a book. So first of all, this is not a novel. It's a woman's journal of the purchase and clean up of an old house in Tuscany. It includes recipes, gardening directions, weather reports, menus, etc. And if that's what you were expecting, it's actually very good.
However, I unfortunately saw the movie when it came out, in complete ignorance that it was a book first. I'd already read Extra Virgin , and felt that this book was a weak imitation. Had I not known the movie or the other book, I think I'd have liked this better.
And I'd strongly recommend it to anyone travelling there or moving there. Her descriptions of food were amazing! I especially liked the way she described menus, and how they ate what was in season and accessible. It made me crave cheese and fruit! Jul 19, Ivana Books Are Magic rated it liked it.
Having read Under the Tuscan Sun, I can certainly see what the hype was about. It is an interesting little book, not a novel exactly, more a sort of a diary of a divorced woman who decided to buy a house in Tuscany and documents her experiences. Her narrative voice is friendly and charming, and yet despite revealing some information about her private life, she never lets the reader in too close.
Under the Tuscan Sun is not an autobiographical novel, so don't expect someone pouring their heart op Having read Under the Tuscan Sun, I can certainly see what the hype was about. Under the Tuscan Sun is not an autobiographical novel, so don't expect someone pouring their heart open to you sort of read.
This book is a pretty light read, albeit packed with some interesting information. At no point does the narrative question the meaning of life, nor does it go into lengthily discussions. It's more a collection of author's thoughts and impressions, all bound together by her decision to buy a house in Italy.
The book often functions as a reconstruction and food journal. Who is the protagonist? She is a divorced University professor, and her summers are free. She decides that the perfect thing do to is to spend them in Italy.
Why not buy a house there and really immerse herself in the experience?
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She is drawn to one particular house and area. Her partner Ed also has his summers off I think he is a teacher as well. Together they set on an adventure of restoring the old villa and spending their summers in Italy. Under the Tuscan Sun is a lovely book written by an intelligent lady. It has a lot going in for it, and could easily be called a nice summer read. However, it is neither a meaningful nor a memorable book. It doesn't talk about any subject in detail, and often it feels like a collection of notes.
At times, it is also a bit repetitive and predictable. I had a feeling that the author was almost pushing this idea about her great adventure- but really is buying a house in Italy really that revolutionary? I could sympathize with her as she recounted her 'construction problems' as I moved in my new home only a year ago, but after a while all that reconstruction talk got a bit old.
Under the Tuscan Sun has some minor faults, the book isn't paced all that great, and there were some boring parts, but altogether I can say I enjoyed reading it. Reading her impressions about Italy was interesting, as she is someone coming from a different culture and continent. As fun a read as it often was, as soon as I have finished the last page, I knew it is a book I will easily forget.
Honestly, I don't think I would have missed much if I haven't read it. It's a nice book, I could feel the author's passion about finding 'new life' and trying something different, but in the end it's just not a book that will stay with me.
Feb 26, mossum rated it did not like it Shelves: I so rarely stop reading mid-book, but I found this one to be so rambling and uninteresting and I'm at a point in life where I feel no obligation to push through such an experience, even or especially to please someone who thought for sure they knew what I'd like.
The prospect of buying a shambles of a house, no matter where, and restoring it, is a subject that is of tremendous interest to me. Although I'm not "traveled," I can well image that the effort of obtaining a passport, packing, and f I so rarely stop reading mid-book, but I found this one to be so rambling and uninteresting and I'm at a point in life where I feel no obligation to push through such an experience, even or especially to please someone who thought for sure they knew what I'd like.
Although I'm not "traveled," I can well image that the effort of obtaining a passport, packing, and flying to the other side of the globe would be well worth it if one could buy and restore a home in the hills of Tuscany. I can even appreciate the detailed imagery a good author can summon with romantic descriptions of local flora, cuisine, and ancillary characters.
Unfortunately, Mayes was unable or unwilling to craft such an exciting, titillating, adventurous memoir, and instead presents the minutiae of her adventure with over-descriptive drudgery. I found her writing to be less interesting than the plant descriptions on my Sunset Garden Book.
Apr 22, Tamara rated it did not like it Recommended to Tamara by: Conifer book friends, I think? This is the epitome of nauseating travelogues. This woman thinks she is Italian because she renovated and lived in a small property in Tuscany??? And she is clearly so much smarter, knows better, and has more experience in everything not JUST renovating and living in a small house in Tuscany than anyone else on earth because she renovated and lived in a small house in Tuscany.
Dec 15, Foteini Fp rated it liked it. Oct 06, Tarah rated it liked it. Here's the thing. I loved this book when I first read it was I 20? Because I was young, and hadn't learned how to resent those people who gallivant around the globe with too much money on their hands telling us how charmed their lives are while describing the picturesque landscape. That being said, the book is well-written and the descriptions of Tuscan life are, of course, deeply seductive. Because that's the point: But reading this again while wrapped in the cynicism of my 30s, I just can't get excited about it.
Again, the genre of memoir is partly to blame. But more than anything, I'm just supremely uninterested in reading about how fantastic, and rustic, and beautiful your life is. I'm giving it three stars not because I like it, as I'm not sure I do at this point, but because it is beautiful. How much of that is really just the landscape, I wonder. May 09, Aisling rated it really liked it.
I think I'm being a little harsh by giving this only 4 stars Mayes style works well with the bulk of the book but there are too many wandering offs to make it a true 5 star book. It just did not hang together. I really enjoyed it, though. I just had to pick it up and put it dow I think I'm being a little harsh by giving this only 4 stars I just had to pick it up and put it down when she kept shifting styles and goals. And ok it was marketed as a memoir and I generally need to avoid them.
But there is much to be greatly enjoyed in this book. Just don't expect it to be anything like the movie--the movie is very, very loosely based on the book. This is a terrific read for the arm chair traveler or anyone who has wanderlust and needs a little motivation to go and do. Oct 18, Marjorie rated it really liked it. But Ms. That was when I realized that I hadn't converted the milione that she mentioned from lire to dollars! It was her entire savings from her marriage that she put into this home.
Plus they did a lot of the work themselves. Quite a difference with the conversion. So thank you, Ms. Mayes, for this clarification! The 20th Anniversary Edition is being released so I grabbed the chance to read it all these years later.
This memoir is beautifully written and pulls you right into the atmosphere that exclusively belongs to Italy. Mayes and her husband had the privilege and daring to buy a run-down villa in Tuscany 20 years ago and she and her husband undertook the extensive renovation of it.
Her bestselling memoir on her time there paints a vivid description of the town, the people and the lush surrounding countryside of rolling hills and vineyards. A poet and a gourmet cook, Mayes includes a number of chapters on food, replete with classic Italian recipes to further whet the appetite.
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She writes in such a way that I could see the soft nuances of colors on the Italian hillsides, and I could hear the Italian voices and laughter in the marketplace.
I could feel the warm sun and hear the crack of the thunderstorm. I could smell the rain in the air.
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