Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
At Home in Italy

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10 Critic Reviews

So, after reading this 292-page book, I wondered what is it that I actually hated here. And I think I have an answer, after comparing this with the last two memoirs I have read. First, there’s the problem of theme, or the lack of it...Second, having a broad theme is good, but you need to earn the right to write one.
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Synopsis

A CLASSIC FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF UNDER MAGNOLIA

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. In evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Mayes also creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes from her traditional kitchen and simple garden, all of which she includes in the book. Doing for Tuscany what M.F.K. Fisher and Peter Mayle did for Provence, Mayes writes about the tastes and pleasures of a foreign country with gusto and passion.

Now with an excerpt from Frances Mayes's latest southern memoir, Under Magnolia

 

About Frances Mayes

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In addition to her Tuscany memoirs, Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, Frances Mayes is the author of the travel 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. Visit France Mayes's blog at www.francesmayesbooks.com.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published August 26, 2003 by Broadway Books. 304 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Cooking, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 4

Publishers Weekly

Good
on Dec 07 2015

Not the least of the charms of her book are the recipes for delicious meals she has made. Above all, her observations about being at home in two very different cultures are sharp and wise.

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Jeruen Dery on Jun 09 2011

So, after reading this 292-page book, I wondered what is it that I actually hated here. And I think I have an answer, after comparing this with the last two memoirs I have read. First, there’s the problem of theme, or the lack of it...Second, having a broad theme is good, but you need to earn the right to write one.

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Jeruen Dery on Jun 09 2011

Perhaps after this, I should stay away from the memoir genre for a while. I don’t seem to be enjoying it. I am giving this 1 out of 5 stars.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Leslie Macfarlane on Mar 10 2011

Accounts of Italian living in Under the Tuscan Sun may take longer than expected to get through, but perhaps this explains the loose Italian concept of time: how can you rush when you have these figs, those sights, that sun to enjoy?

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Niloufar Motamed on Jan 24 2011

This book is for lovers of Italy, for lovers of food, for lovers of life. Opening it will have you smelling the wildflowers and tasting the blackberries that grow abundantly in the garden.

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Pajiba

Below average
Reviewed by DoingDewey on Nov 14 2013

She’s not very good at organizing things, and there really is no plot. So if you’re looking for a romantic description of Italy, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for an actual romance, just watch the movie.

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Her Circle Magazine

Above average
Reviewed by Marina DelVecchio on Nov 14 2012

A beautifully written memoir that engages the reader in one’s renovation of life and relationships, Frances Mayes uses her memoir to show that life is not over for the older woman whose marriage has ended and who has a grown daughter.

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Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on May 08 2010

Though I did wish she went into more depth on the locals of Cortona (the only interactions she really describes are those with the people working on her house), I found this to be an enjoyable look at the pleasures of life.

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The Introverted Reader

Good
Reviewed by Introverted Jen on Feb 08 2012

I recommend this to armchair travelers, and those who enjoy thoughtful, beautifully written memoirs.

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The Novel World

Below average
on Oct 05 2011

I did enjoy the first half of the book more than the second half. The first half deals primarily with the renovation of the Bramasole. Then there is a chapter devoted entirely to recipes. After that, the narrative drifts into its own little world leaving the reader behind scratching their head trying to assess which fork in the road.

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