Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun An enchanting and lyrical look at the life the traditions and the cuisine of Tuscany in the spirit of Peter Mayle s A Year in Provence Frances Mayes entered a wondrous new world when she began rest

  • Title: Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Author: Frances Mayes
  • ISBN: 9780767900386
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • An enchanting and lyrical look at the life, the traditions, and the cuisine of Tuscany, in the spirit of Peter Mayle s A Year in Provence Frances Mayes entered a wondrous new world when she began restoring an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside There were unexpected treasures at every turn faded frescos beneath the whitewash in her dining room, a vineyAn enchanting and lyrical look at the life, the traditions, and the cuisine of Tuscany, in the spirit of Peter Mayle s A Year in Provence Frances Mayes entered a wondrous new world when she began restoring an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside There were unexpected treasures at every turn faded frescos beneath the whitewash in her dining room, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles in the garden, and, in the nearby hill towns, vibrant markets and delightful people In Under the Tuscan Sun, she brings the lyrical voice of a poet, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer to invite readers to explore the pleasures of Italian life and to feast at her table.

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    About “Frances Mayes

    • Frances Mayes

      Frances Mayes s new novel is Women in Sunlight , published by Crown With her husband, Edward Mayes she recently published The Tuscan Sun Cookbook Every Day in Tuscany is the third volume in her bestselling Tuscany memoir series.In addition to her Tuscany memoirs, Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany , Frances Mayes is the author of the memoirs Under Magnolia A Southern Memoir A Year in the World the illustrated books In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home Swan, a novel The Discovery of Poetry, a text for readers and five books of poetry She divides her time between homes in Italy and North Carolina.

    314 thoughts on “Under the Tuscan Sun

    • WARNING THIS BOOK IS THE MEANDERING INCOMPLETE THOUGHTS OF A MIDDLE AGEd WOMAN THAT EATS LIKE A ITALIAN SUMO WRESTLER AND BOUGHT A DISASTER OF A HOUSE THAT NEEDED A HUGE AMOUNT OF REPAIR THAT S ALL THERE IS TO THIS BOOK Perfect if you are practicing speed reading You could skip every other sentence and still understand that she actually enjoys fixing up this crappy house in Italy Absolutely nothing like the movie Disappointing.

    • I hear a lot of crap about how this book is silly, fluffy, boring, slow, unstructured, unserious I ve had three people now all men p tell me it s chicklit First of all, is that supposed to be an insult Second What Perhaps this all has something to do with how popular the book was and continues to be Regardless, don t let the naysayers dissuade you from giving it a try The writing is poetically beautiful, illuminating a place that is equally so Plenty of place writing does a disservice to the loc [...]

    • I didn t finish it And, frankly, that s not like me at all The book is well reviewed, and well written And yet, somehow, I just really didn t like it The author can truly write, and the topics were of great interest to me, but I felt the entire time like she was untouchable She was encased in her own experience and at no point did I feel welcomed or able to understand her Her life path never really found a commonality with my own, nor did she make me love her In the end, I did myself the favor o [...]

    • I need to preface this by saying that had this book been anything less than a monster success I wouldn t trash it But for the life of me I can t see why it s so popular What if she had written about remodeling a house in North Dakota Would that be interesting Of course not, so why are the tedious details of doing the same in Italy any different This book has about as much to do with Italy as it does with North Dakota The movie is even worse if that is possible.I had some friends come to visit me [...]

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    • At 66 pages in, I m throwing in the towel.Somewhere around the age of 22 or 23, I decided I was done with library books Now, don t get me wrong, I love and appreciate libraries I became a reader because of access to wonderful libraries But, as an adult, I m OCD enough not to enjoy the concept of library books Wondering how many people read them while on the toilet, encountering books that smelled like ash trays, finding potato chip crumbs wedged between pages 32 and 33, encountering a sticky cov [...]

    • It s not fair that some people get to live like this she said, throwing the book down on her unwashed, non authentic linoleum floor A wonderful companion that willing does chores, looks good without his shirt, never argues, likes to travel cash to buy and then renovate a villa in Tuscany where you live every summer and at Christmas and bottle your own olive oil from your own trees have tons of flowers, fruit trees and terraces with lounge chairs find Etruscan stones in your back yard have a fabu [...]

    • Wanting to learn about all things Italian was the reason I picked this book I started it as an audio book But even as a listen while being a prisoner on the highway, I had to stop after the first CD Her out of touch with reality pinings about her problems encountered when buying a home in Italy who in the world can afford this in the first place grated Hearing that one of the primary joys of her Italy travels was buying shoes, was a major clue that this was not a book for me Then when she mentio [...]

    • Frances Mayes bought a neglected villa in the Tuscan town of Cortona The house was called Bramasole , meaning yearning for the sun , and the sunshine and warmth of Italy comes shining through Mayes enthusiastic descriptions.One gets a sense that Mayes is being reborn After a midlife divorce, she is in a relationship with her future husband, Ed The two poets both have demanding jobs as the heads of creative writing departments in their California universities Both worked hard, along with Italian [...]

    • I first heard about this story when the film version was being hyped For some reason I never bothered to view it, perhaps because it appeared amidst other seemingly trite films that did not interest me However I found this copy in the used library bookstore and from the inside cover description I realized that it s subject matter greatly interested me Frances Mayes Under the Tuscan Sun, At Home in Italy is her personal account of a life shifting and settling in the landscape of the Italian count [...]

    • While i thoroughly enjoyed the book, i WILL say that its not what i expected since i had seen and enjoyed the movie first most of the story is completely different than the moviebut what bothered me is that there was no real story plot here besides the fixing up of the house over time as she fixes the house, she fixes her life, and in the end turns italian and finds where she belongs not that she seemed out of place at the beginning I guess i was slightly disappointed in 2 things 1 the lack of a [...]

    • This was a re read, and I loved it again I know there s plenty here whodon t think much of this book, but it totally appeals to my utterly romanticnotions of running away to live in Europe somedaygh Haven tbeen to Italy yet, but this book was largely responsible for my subsequenttrips to France, Spain, and Turkey And my list TBV list to bevisited tee hee has been growing ever since.This was also my first PalmPilot read, and I was pleasantly surprised tofind that I completely enjoyed reading on m [...]

    • The movie made her far interesting than the book did Movie version her best friend is a lesbian and they send Mayes on a gay tour of Tuscany since the friend s wife doesn t want her to travel in the first trimester The trip is to help Mayes recover from the divorce She falls in love with the country, finding magic in unexpected places and buys a villa In restoring it, she learns to love herself again, as she learns Italian ways of living Book version straight lady buys house with husband becaus [...]

    • I saw the movie first and didn t realize it was based on a book.So first of all, this is not a novel It s a woman s journal of the purchase and clean up of an old house in Tuscany It includes recipes, gardening directions, weather reports, menus, etc And if that s what you were expecting, it s actually very good However, I unfortunately saw the movie when it came out, in complete ignorance that it was a book first.And I m still confused about how this book got made into that movie I d already re [...]

    • Plot Author summers in Tuscany, buys an old farmhouse, refurbishes it, travels through Italy, and cooks constantly.Review Open up a Sunset or a National Geographic Traveler magazine, and imagine reading a beautifully descriptive evocative 6 page essay on what it s like to live work cook in Italy Then, when you finish it, flip the pages back and start the article again But substitute the Zuppa Toscana with Porcini Risotto The Pesto Crostini for the Fontina Bruschetta A full bodied Montepulciano f [...]

    • I so rarely stop reading mid book, but I found this one to be so rambling and uninteresting and I m at a point in life where I feel no obligation to push through such an experience, even or especially to please someone who thought for sure they knew what I d like The prospect of buying a shambles of a house, no matter where, and restoring it, is a subject that is of tremendous interest to me Although I m not traveled, I can well image that the effort of obtaining a passport, packing, and flying [...]

    • CRAP CRAP CRAPHATED IT This is the epitome of nauseating travelogues This woman thinks she is Italian because she renovated and lived in a small property in Tuscany And she is clearly so much smarter, knows better, and has experience in everything not JUST renovating and living in a small house in Tuscany than anyone else on earth because she renovated and lived in a small house in Tuscany Blech.

    • Edit I mentioned in my review that the author paid 1,000,000 for this abandoned villa because she said in the book that she wrote milione at the closing so many times But Ms Mayes sent me a tweet questioning where I got that price and that it was a fifth of that or 200,000 That was when I realized that I hadn t converted the milione that she mentioned from lire to dollars It was her entire savings from her marriage that she put into this home Plus they did a lot of the work themselves Quite a di [...]

    • Here s the thing I loved this book when I first read it was I 20 maybe 22 Because I was young, and hadn t learned how to resent those people who gallivant around the globe with too much money on their hands telling us how charmed their lives are while describing the picturesque landscape That being said, the book is well written and the descriptions of Tuscan life are, of course, deeply seductive Because that s the point a life where you worry whether your wrought iron gate is cast in period app [...]

    • A chance to journey along looking over a person s shoulder as they go from summer holiday tripper in Tuscany to owning an old Tuscan farmhouse needing a vast deal of TLC was an intriguing prospect.I had seen the movie adaption of this book, but the movie is only one small facet of all that is covered in gently paced slightly distant reflections on a years long labor of love and life This book reads like a blend of journal scrapbook ideas memorabilia organizer all wrapped in one And that s pretty [...]

    • I d never heard of this book until the autumn of 1999, a few days after I arrived in Cortona, the town subject of this book Every time I turned around, all these baby boomers were asking me if I knew where Francis Mayes lived I had know idea who she was I soon learned, however, that she was the author of this very book, which was about her experience rehabbing a home on the other side of the hill from Cortona My experience in Cortona was life changing When I returned to the states, I was sad to [...]

    • r here there is no placethat does not see you You must change your life RILKEI was at an airport I needed a book It was the 1990s no e books Another cross country business trip.This was it.The Tuscan sun has warmed me to the marrow.I read the whole thing from cover to cover on that journey Maybe it was the writing, maybe it was the locale, maybe it was because I was leaving sun and flying into snow, but I really enjoyed this book Frances Mayes had me turning pages to discover the results of her [...]

    • I ve had this book probably since it was first published in the mid Nineties but I never had the urge to read it until now I ve seen the movie that was ever so loosely based on it and I have to admit that the movie didn t fill me with enthusiasm to read the book The other day I had this urge to read it, so I curled up in bed with it Honestly, it was like I was there There isn t a great deal to say about this book It s memoir, it s travel writing, it s lush and beautiful There doesn t need to be [...]

    • This is an inspirational book written by a woman who is going through a transition in her life While visiting Tuscany, she decides to take a leap of faith and to begin a brand new life Even though she can t afford the home which she wants to buy, the owner realizes that how much the author values the home and that it should be hers Consequently the owner accepts the author s modest offer That was spiritual I especially appreciated this aspect since I am the author of a spiritually themed book I [...]

    • Yawn Half of this is recipes Under the Tuscan Sun is fairly known and well reviewed I didn t realize cookbook, sort of The other half was a real estate guide, and a renovation guide, and then a tour guide of Tuscany I mean, really All this intertwined with sappy statments in the fashion of Eat Pray Love Yuck It was well written all right, and I can see the appeal for some people For me, when I want a recipe, I ll reach for an actual cookbook, thank you Mark Bittman, anyone Tuscany Been there, do [...]

    • If you eagerly await your friend s vacation pictures, are absorbed in every detail of their adventures, than you may find this book a sheer delight But, if your eyes glaze over and your mind wanders after the tenth picture and the tenth story, then you may be less engrossed by this book Frances and her husband who both teach at California colleges, purchase an old Tuscan farm house and small olive grove Every summer and Christmas semester break they spend remodeling the house, restoring the 5 ac [...]

    • Frances Mayes wrote this book based on her experience of buying and restoring a villa in Tuscany I read it summer 2001 while I was visiting Meredith in St Croix and left it for her to read The descriptions of life, light, food and wine made me want to move to Italy I remember a lot of the recipes contained pine nuts, which I didn t think I liked at the time Frances Mayes used to teach at UGA, and John knows her I told my brother to read this book he told me it changed his life.The movie is nowhe [...]

    • I loved the parts about the house and gardens restoration, and hearing about their adjustments to living in another country But the author lost me on a street by street walking tour and a side trip into philosophy theology that just felt weird I ll re read, but I ll skip right on past those parts in the future.Full review jennoklikes post 111101

    • I love travel writing and was really looking forward to reading this book Sadly for me, about a third of the way through I realized that I wasn t reading a book about Italy or travel, I was reading a very long, very dry book about home improvement that just happened to take place in Tuscany.

    • Before I started this book, I read some of the other reviews on , and I really must say I agree I didn t want to agree at first, but now I do Let me say I did not love this book I did not despise it But I simply disliked it it A lot I really wanted to like it, but I can t Basically, this woman and her husband boyfriend buy a house in Tuscany after wanting to and not wanting to and wanting to and not wanting to and really wanting to but having a lot of other things discourage them They fix it up [...]

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