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

de Frances Mayes

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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.… (més)
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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 |
I think the book was well written. I felt like I was transported to her house in Tuscany. I like how the author put her recipes in the book. I may have to try a few:)

I saw the movie first. The book and movie are totally different. I prefer the book. I recommend reading it. ( )
  srlib12 | Oct 16, 2021 |
Wordy, but made me want to be there. ( )
  KittyCatrinCat | Aug 29, 2021 |
To be honest, this book seemed dull based on the cover. It was lying around in my parents house, untouched for more than 20 years, collecting dust. Then I just could not bare looking at it anymore and decided to read it. The first half was surprisingly nice, mostly because of the beautiful language. However, around half way it became dull. Compared to the more recent autofiction of the 2000s, this is very non-personal book. There's no inner struggle and very little struggle even with Italians, cultural differences and renovation of an old house. It is just a beautifully painted landscape, a dream fulfilled and, yes, it gets very boring after 100+ pages and there's still another half to go. I finished it but wouldn't say it's worth it. And no, I don't think I'm the kind of person who needs an exciting storyline and things to happen fast, I just need something to relate to and there was very little to relate to here. Maybe if you love Italy there would be more: I know very little of Italy, and this book was a nice introduction but it could have offered more. Either personal touch or deeper insight into the country. ( )
  Lady_Lazarus | Aug 7, 2021 |
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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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"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]
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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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