Just when you thought everything had been said about Italy, along comes Phil Doran with his hilarious take on how he was dragged kicking and screaming into paradise! Think Frances Mayes and Dave Barry, sprinkle with parmesan and olive oil, and you'll soon know the irresistible quality dancing on Doran's page.
Think "Under the Tuscan Sun" written by a comedic writer, and you've got "The Reluctant Tuscan." This book is so funny, and will have you smiling throughout the read. Bought this book on a whim and was delighted by the read! Definitely recommend this book to others!
Anyone who has ever entertained the idea of packing up and moving to Tuscany, or even just visiting the region will enjoy this light-hearted memoir of a former(?)Hollywood screenwriter. I love the area, so it struck a chord with me. If you have read and enjoyed Under the Tuscan Sun or A Year in Provence, you will definitely enjoy this wonderful tale, also. You won't be able to put it down!
After twenty-five years in Hollywood writing and producing t.v shows, Phil Doran was feeling burned out and pushed out by the younger generation. His wife, Nancy, a marble sculptor, was tired of losing her husband to Hollywood, and dragged Phil - against his will and better judgment - to a tiny village in Italy where she had bought a decrepit, 300 year old farmhouse for them to restore. What follows is a hilarious tale of how a neurotic workaholic is gradually seduced by Italy's natural charm and inexhaustable beauty.
Phil Doran is a burned-out Hollywood writer for TV sitcoms who reluctantly agrees to move to Italy after his wife bought a 300-year-old farmhouse in a small town in Tuscany. Anyone who has ever done any renovations or repairs in their home knows what a headache it can be. But throw in a different language and top it off with frustrating bureaucratic green, white, and red tape, and you have the makings of an amusing disaster. Told with the witty style you would expect from a comedy writer, their venture into this little village will bring a smile on your face. From the unexpected coldness of the neighbor, to the experience of driving in Italy, to the community efforts of harvesting olives, this book will transport you to the Italian countrysideif, reluctantly, only for a little while. I truly enjoyed this fun and easy read. Read other reviews at http://readinginthegarden.blogspot.com