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In this memoir of her buying, renovating, and living in an abandoned villa in Tuscany, Frances Mayes reveals the sensual pleasure she found living in rural Italy, and the generous spirit she brought with her. She revels in the sunlight and the color, the long view of her valley, the warm homey architecture, the languor of the slow paced days, the vigor of working her garden, and the intimacy of her dealings with the locals. Cooking, gardening, tiling and painting are never chores, but skills to be learned, arts to be practiced, and above all to be enjoyed. At the same time Mayes brings a literary and intellectual mind to bear on the experience, adding depth to this account of her enticing rural idyll. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Mayes's favorite guide to Northern Italy allots seven pages to the town of Cortona, where she owns a house. But here she finds considerably more to say about it than that, all of it so enchanting that an armchair traveler will find it hard to resist jumping out of the chair and following in her footsteps. The recently divorced author is euphoric about the old house in the Tuscan hills that she and her new lover renovated and now live in during summer vacations and on holidays. A poet, food-and-travel writer, Italophile and chair of the creative writing department at San Francisco State University, Mayes is a fine wordsmith and an exemplary companion whose delight in a brick floor she has just waxed is as contagious as her pleasure in the landscape, architecture and life of the village. Not the least of the charms of her book are the recipes for delicious meals she has made. Above all, her observations about being at home in two very different cultures are sharp and wise.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Definite armchair travels
Well written, makes the area the food and the people come alive
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire rebuilding, problems and all
Very disappointing. I'm not Italian, but I do speak the language and have been to Italy many times. Mayes can't seem to make up her mind what this book should be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Holtje
Reread this charming book just because I was in Tuscany traveling about.
I loved its beautiful language and literary references even more from this new vantage point.
Being born in Italy, I really enjoyed travelling back to see Tuscany through someone else's eyes. What an endeavor was taken by the author and at the end of the novel, I wondered... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I felt like I was right there in Italy. She has a great writing style! Very detailed descriptions.Published 1 month ago by Jan
Although I expected Under the Tuscan Sun to be the extraordinary story of Frances Mayes’s adventures in the sundrenched Tuscan countryside and her experience of buying and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bklink