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Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy (1996)

by Frances Mayes

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Series: Tuscan Memoirs (1)

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Now in paperback, the #1 "San Francisco Chronicle" bestseller that is an enchanting and lyrical look at the life, the traditions, and the cuisine of Tuscany, in the spirit of Peter Mayle's "A Year in Provence." Frances Mayes entered a wondrous new world when she began restoring an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. There were unexpected treasures at every turn: faded frescos beneath the whitewash in her dining room, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles in the garden, and, in the nearby hill towns, vibrant markets and delightful people. In "Under the Tuscan Sun, " she brings the lyrical voice of a poet, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer to invite readers to explore the pleasures of Italian life and to feast at her table.… (more)
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Confirmed my 5th-grade dreams of moving to Italy; much better than (but a great companion to) the movie, this is pure, unadulterated, travel memoir. *chef's kiss* ( )
  graceandbenji | Sep 1, 2022 |
I don't tend to bail on books before I finish them, but I did on this one. Just not my cup of tea, I suppose. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
Hogy lehet valami, ami körül ekkora hype volt, film készült belőle, meg minden, ennyire unalmas? Száz oldalt legyűrtem, hátha, de egyre jobban zavart az erre pocsékolt idő. Megnéztem még a recepteket, hátha, abból kettő érdekel valamennyire, ezért kár volt. Imádom Olaszországot, Toszkánát, azért van egy kis olajfa az erkélyemen, mert mindig odavoltam értük, ahogy sorakoznak a domboldalakon. Gondoltam is, hogy majd olajbogyó-termesztésből fogok élni, de valószínűleg annyira unnám, mint ezt a könyvet.

Klasszikus műveltségű amerikai beleszeret Toszkánába, vesznek nagy nehezen egy házat. Jaj, ezek az olaszok, hogy kávé meg siesta meg nem fogadnak el csekket meg hiperlazán kezelik az ügyeket (pedig ez északon van, próbálkozna délebbre!). Az első oldalakon eszembe is jutott minden, ami nekem Olaszország, és elkezdtem veszettül vágyakozni utána. Aztán elkezdtem veszettül unni. Száz oldalon át még a qrva fűtés megoldásáig se jutottunk, de őszintén, kit érdekel? Házfelújítás, oké. De hány oldalon át? Megmutatjuk a régit, megmutatjuk az újat. Ha volt közben vicces sztori, elmondjuk. Nem keresgélünk négy (4!) oldalon keresztül tetves lyukakat a földben, már azon voltam, inkább egymáson keresgélnének lyukakat, az talán nem lenne ilyen rohadt unalmas. Bár a szöveg alapján talán még az is az lenne.

Időnként villant egyet a műveltségéből, amúgy pedig olyan, mint egy hosszas beszámoló az unatkozó amerikai kertvárosi barátnőknek, akik biztosan el vannak ájulva, hogy miket nem tud idézni, meg hogy milyen egzotikus hely ez az Olaszország (közben titokban utálják, egész biztos). Csak mondja és mondja és mondja az összes kavicsot és gazt és az alapján választana kivitelezőt, hogy mennyire olaszosan jóképű, szerencsére férje is van, aki nem osztja az álláspontját. Itt akár lehetett volna vicces is, de nem volt. Amikor az az érzésem támadt, hogy ez a nő az anyósom, aki a totál érdektelen semmiről karattyol, de azt folyamatosan, akkor fogtam, és becsuktam szépen. Nem kell ennek kitenni magam, elpusztulnak az agysejtjeim az unalomtól, mire a végére érnék. ( )
  blueisthenewpink | Jul 2, 2022 |
Surprisingly delightful account of transforming your life by buying and renovating a house abroad. ( )
  AngelaLam | Feb 8, 2022 |
I watched this movie when it came out almost two decades ago (gah!) and liked it, but thought it was sort of awkward - especially the whole romance part. Now I know why. There is no romance part in the book: she in already in a relationship when the book begins and they buy the house together. I always wondered why that part of the movie felt so clunky.

The movie (and the book) drew me in because I've always wondered who I'd be if I lived somewhere else. I lived the first two decades in the same house, and the next 1.5 more or less in an 80-mile radius of it, so the idea of pulling up stakes and moving to another country held a strong fascination for me. Of course, now I live on the other side of the planet, so now I know the answer. Still, the book had it's appeal.

I'm not sure I ever adjusted to the writing style - it reads very much like she's writing in her journal; stopping and starting as thoughts or experiences come. Like the movie, I loved the parts of the book about the home restoration, and the gardens - especially the discoveries they make while clearing their land to restore it. I loved hearing about Cortona and the markets. But about half-way through the book, the author veers off into a very detailed, street-by-street walking tour of a town (Cortona, I think) that completely bored me; I started skipping whole paragraphs to just get through it already. The second half of the book got better, but then veered off into this very weird philosophy/theology/stream-of-consciousness thing that just lost me again.

I enjoyed more of the book than I didn't, and I'd definitely re-read - but I'd skip all the sections I didn't care for and stick to the good stuff.


[PopSugar Challenge: A Book that became a movie.] ( )
  murderbydeath | Jan 29, 2022 |
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It was with considerable baggage that I recently revisited "Under the Tuscan Sun" this year, on the occasion of its twentieth anniversary, and discovered that my opinion of the book has grown ever so slightly more generous with age. This is not to say that I found the book free of flaws the second time around. For one, it contains virtually no narrative conflicts; each incident that could potentially cause tension gets resolved within paragraphs or, at most, a few pages. Will the villa’s previous owner sell to Frances and her partner, Ed? Yes, he will. Will a big pile of money needed to make the deal arrive by wire? Several paragraphs later, it does. Frances stubs her toe, to much consternation, and a few lines later Ed applies a Band-Aid...

However I feel about Mayes and her privilege, and the marketing phenomenon that has flourished in her wake, there’s no denying that her prose brings Bramasole to life. When the workers begin to open up a wall between her living room and the kitchen, removing large stones, Mayes writes, “It’s the imagination that carries us through the stress of these projects. Soon we will be happy!” During a Christmas Day snowfall, while her daughter and a friend are visiting, she asks, “Is this much happiness allowed?”
 

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Quijada, EncarnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"What are you growing here?" The upholsterer lugs an armchair up the walkway to the house but his quick eyes are on the land. [Preface]
I am about to buy a house in a foreign country.
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Where you are is who you are. The further inside you the place moves, the more your identity is intertwined with it. Never casual, the choice of place is the choice of something you crave.
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Now in paperback, the #1 "San Francisco Chronicle" bestseller that is an enchanting and lyrical look at the life, the traditions, and the cuisine of Tuscany, in the spirit of Peter Mayle's "A Year in Provence." Frances Mayes entered a wondrous new world when she began restoring an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. There were unexpected treasures at every turn: faded frescos beneath the whitewash in her dining room, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles in the garden, and, in the nearby hill towns, vibrant markets and delightful people. In "Under the Tuscan Sun, " she brings the lyrical voice of a poet, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer to invite readers to explore the pleasures of Italian life and to feast at her table.

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