A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveler (Random House Large Print (Cloth/Paper))
A Year in the World Journeys of A Passionate Traveler - Random House Large Print Cloth/Paper Author:Frances Mayes The author who unforgettably captured the experience of starting a new life in Tuscany in bestselling travel memoirs expands her horizons to immerse herself?and her readers?in the sights, aromas, and treasures of twelve new special places. — A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes?a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitou... more »s pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs.
With her beloved Tuscany as a home base, Mayes travels to Spain, Portugal, France, the British Isles, and to the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, the South of Italy, and North Africa. In Andalucía, she relishes the intersection of cultures. She cooks in Portugal, gathers ideas in the gardens of England and Scotland, takes a literary pilgrimage to Burgundy, discovers an ideal place to live in Mantova, and explores the essential Moroccan city of Fez. She rents houses among ordinary residents, shops at neighborhood markets, wanders the back streets, and everywhere contemplates the concept of home. While in Greece, she follows the classic Homeric voyage across the Aegean, lives in a bougainvillea-draped stone house in Crete, and then drives deep into the Mani. In Turkey with friends, she sails the ancient coast, hiking to archaeological sites and snorkeling over sunken Byzantine towns. Weaving together personal perceptions and informed commentary on art, architecture, history, landscape, and social and culinary traditions of each area, Mayes brings the immediacy of life in her temporary homes to the reader. An illuminating and passionate book that will be savored by all who loved Under the Tuscan Sun, A Year in the World is travel writing at its peak.« less
I did not read this entire book. I read the first 50 pages or so and found myself rather bored. Again, I think I'm comparing the travel books I read to Eat, Pray, Love which is obviously so much more than a travel book. This particular book I got because I love anything and everything about the Greek Islands, especially Santorini. So when I realized I was bored with the book, I skipped forward to the Greek Islands. Again, rather bored but then came Santorini ... 2 paragraphs is all it got!!!! She has the Santorini churches on the cover of the book. The book has 417 pages and Santorini gets 2 paragraphs that don't even take up 1 whole page...very, very disappointing!
A fun, if slightly underwhelming, book about a woman's experiences traveling. I love to hear about others' travels, but I did get tripped up in her extensive use of historical literature from each country. I did enjoy descriptions of locals she met and her impressions on sights. Aside from the literature and poetry she quoted so often, my only real criticism was that I found the title a bit misleading. I was expecting her tales from traveling the "world" but in reality she writes about travels through southern Europe/Mediterranean and Morocco. I've done a bit of traveling through southern Europe myself, so I know it's wonderful, but the stories blended together a bit.
Reads like a sophisticated diary. The reader will already need to be familiar with all the places traveled in order to fully appreciate the author's stories as very little background or explanation is given along the way.
I cannot manage to finish this one... I loved Under the Tuscan Sun, but this one just is too... wordy (haha - yes, I know its a BOOK). Mayes spouts off names of writers, artists, historical figures and places that we are apparently supposed to be familiar with, but most just leaves me feeling uneducated and untraveled - neither of which I consider myself. Her descriptions are just a little too verbose. And, in agreement with the other reviewer, all that comes across as snobbery. So I will skim the rest of the parts I find appealing and list it.