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A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure Paperback – September 27, 2005
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“De Blasi’s glittering descriptions and mouthwatering recipes take you directly into the heart of Italy and into the souls of the Italian people.”
–Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of Lucia, Lucia
“Filled with warmth and the rich and simple drama of a beautiful life. The evocation of country dishes is mouthwatering, the lyrical beauty irresistible.”
–Susan Herrmann Loomis, author of On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town
“A love poem to de Blasi’s professional life as a chef.”
“Rich with food, weather, romance, and, above all, life . . . [De Blasi] immerses her readers in life’s poignancy, brevity, and wonder.”
About the Author
Marlena de Blasi is the internationally bestselling author of A Thousand Days in Venice, as well as four further bestselling memoirs and a novel, Amandine. She is also the author of two internationally published cookbooks of Italian food.
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The bittersweet part comes through Fernando's flair for Italian operatic drama, questioning their decision to leave Venice. Barlozzo has secrets that eat at his heart, finally revealed through the terminal illness of his long-time beloved who had married another. There is yearning for times past that can only be tasted briefly, yet the flavor of village life fills and satisfies them. Cooking and eating are the heart of Tuscany, and this book brings an intense, colorful experience with mouth-watering recipes.
Delightful, reflective, philosophical, and charming story based on the authors' life.
I’m happy that I’ve learned how to properly pronounce bruschetta!
I’m not sure as to whether I will read more in this series. I think that I like the idea of her books more than the books themselves. The attractive covers help also!
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Look at that Tuscan landscape. This is where everyone in the world would like to live."
“Living in the moment and being content with one’s portion makes for the best of all lives.”
“Don’t be afraid of your children. If they’re going to love you, they’ll love you on their own, without your having to pander to them. If they’re not going to love you, there’s nothing to do about it.”
There are familiar elements to this story of an American (or British writer) succumbing to the charms of Italy (or France), relocating, and then coping with the quirks and frustrations of settling into a new culture. But author Marlena de Blasi describes her transformation so well and she presents her new community with such passion, that readers are easily enchanted. Her focus on rustic Italian cooking, the feasts at which her new friends gathered, and the recipes is a special treat.
Michael Helquist, MARIE EQUI: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions
For all readers, also beware. I have been a big fan of Ms. de Blasi's books, but this one put me over the edge. In previous books, her florid prose contributed to the setting and story. In this one, it is so baroque that the story becomes secondary. It is almost a game to see how convoluted her metaphors can become, or how complex her descriptions. Less would have been far more.
And there are a few sections that detract from the story line and lead nowhere. Readers of prior books know the love story -- if anything it intensifies in this book, but one begins to suspect that it is just more verbiage designed to make an otherwise pretty slim story a bit more meaty. Can anyone else experience love to these extremes? Can anyone else engage a whole village in new traditions by force of personality? Even her most beloved local character protests the overuse of velvets and satins in her decoration of her rented home. (It seemed like the Octomom on steroids, to me.) I conclude after this overwrought story that Ms. de Blasi is the diva of her own costume drama, that she must be one of those characters that are sort of embarrassing to know in real life. Sadly, since I had been quite a fan, I doubt I will be reading any more of Ms. de Blasi's work.
read the book very slowly -- a chapter or so at night before I went to sleep so that I would have lovely (refreshed by the book) memories to put
me to sleep. I had also read A Thousand Days in Venice as well as I also spent a great deal of time in Venice while living in Italy. Thank you,
Ms. deBlasi for reviving many lovely memories. When you have been able to make life long friends in Italy they remain just that - life long friends! Your descriptions of living in Italy are just the best - both of the landscape and of the people. I hope you write more books based on your life in Italy.