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Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy
Under the Tuscan Sun At Home in Italy
Author: Frances Mayes
Frances Mayes -- widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer -- opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. Mayes & her Ed take the risk of buying a run-down house in Tuscany &, over the succeeding summers, renovate it, making discoveries about the...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780767916066
ISBN-10: 0767916069
Publication Date: 8/26/2003
Pages: 311
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3.5 stars, based on 197 ratings
Publisher: Broadway
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 10
I had mixed feelings about this book. Clearly, Frances Mayes is a talented writer. She has an amazing ability to portray her travel experiences with poetic narrative, a talent not all writers possess. As much as I enjoyed her writing style, however, I found myself skimming through much of this book, particularly where food was the main focus, perhaps due to the fact that I do not cook much. Her descriptions of the life and food of Tuscany did not make me yearn to cook, but it did make me hunger for Italian food and to visit the country someday. I did thoroughly enjoy reading of the restoration mishaps, as I have had some experience with do-it-yourself projects gone awry myself! If you enjoy books about travel and cooking, you may enjoy this book. I highly recommend the movie starring Diane Lane, loved it!
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Helpful Score: 6
This fascinating story gives you insight into Italy and its countryside, plus some excellent recipes from the area.
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Helpful Score: 6
I absolutely loved this book and have another copy on my keeper shelf! I think this is a must-read for anyone who loves travelogues or Italy. Just be warned...reading this book will make you hungry for food you can't find easily in this country!
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Helpful Score: 5
This book was delightful to me. I am interested in history, gardening, cooking, and fixing old houses, and Frances Mayes weaves all these together in this story of her home in Tuscany. Almost like going on vacation.
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Helpful Score: 4
Lots of fun to read--you feel like you are in Italy!
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If you've seen the movie you have to read the book. It's even better.
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I guess I expected this book to be more of a story than it was. Having lived in Italy for 3 years as a service member, and learned to speak Italian, the descriptions of the people and the towns were pretty accurate. I don't think the decription of the attitude of the contractors was accurate though. I found Italians are a hard working, generous people who enjoy life with gusto. This book seems more bragging about how much money they have to spend than anything else and how many "famous" people they know. The recipies are wonderful, IF you love to cook. Overall, it was dissapointing and boring.
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How exciting would it be to get away from it all and go to Italy and buy an abandoned villa in the Tuscan countryside! A girl can always dream.


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