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What does it say about Frances Mayes's life in Italy, and about her life in general?
Mayes writes of the traumatic experience of selling one house and purchasing another on various occasions in the United States. Why is the purchase of her house in Italy so qualitatively different from her other experiences with home ownership? Discuss some examples of this, both in her life and in your own. What makes Mayes's writing style effective? How does her particular voice make her descriptions come alive? What images did you find to be particularly striking?
What are some of the qualities of Italian life that contrast most sharply with American culture? Which aspects of Italian life did Frances and Ed find it important to incorporate into their own lives?
Which aspects would you have been drawn to? How does the experience of purchasing and renovating Bramasole impact Frances and Ed's relationship, and how does their interaction affect their shared experience of buying, owning, and living in Bramasole?
How does the author change as the book progresses? How are her changes reflected in her tone and in her writing? Mayes's house is called "Bramasole," which literally means "yearning for the sun.
What are some of the other discoveries made throughout Bramasole and its grounds that lend a magical feeling to the house? What role does food play, both metaphorically and literally, in the sense of delight that deepens Mayes's relationship to Tuscany and the house itself? Mayes often portrays life in Cortona as timeless.
How does she also convey that the timelessness is in many ways just an illusion? Jul 19, Ivana Books Are Magic rated it liked it.
Having read Under the Tuscan Sun, I can certainly see what the hype was about. It is an interesting little book, not a novel exactly, more a sort of a diary of a divorced woman who decided to buy a house in Tuscany and documents her experiences.
Her narrative voice is friendly and charming, and yet despite revealing some information about her private life, she never lets the reader in too close. Under the Tuscan Sun is not an autobiographical novel, so don't expect someone pouring their heart op Having read Under the Tuscan Sun, I can certainly see what the hype was about. Under the Tuscan Sun is not an autobiographical novel, so don't expect someone pouring their heart open to you sort of read. This book is a pretty light read, albeit packed with some interesting information.
At no point does the narrative question the meaning of life, nor does it go into lengthily discussions. It's more a collection of author's thoughts and impressions, all bound together by her decision to buy a house in Italy.
The book often functions as a reconstruction and food journal. Who is the protagonist? She is a divorced University professor, and her summers are free. She decides that the perfect thing do to is to spend them in Italy. Why not buy a house there and really immerse herself in the experience? She is drawn to one particular house and area. Her partner Ed also has his summers off I think he is a teacher as well. Together they set on an adventure of restoring the old villa and spending their summers in Italy.
Under the Tuscan Sun is a lovely book written by an intelligent lady. It has a lot going in for it, and could easily be called a nice summer read. However, it is neither a meaningful nor a memorable book. It doesn't talk about any subject in detail, and often it feels like a collection of notes. At times, it is also a bit repetitive and predictable. I had a feeling that the author was almost pushing this idea about her great adventure- but really is buying a house in Italy really that revolutionary?
I could sympathize with her as she recounted her 'construction problems' as I moved in my new home only a year ago, but after a while all that reconstruction talk got a bit old. Under the Tuscan Sun has some minor faults, the book isn't paced all that great, and there were some boring parts, but altogether I can say I enjoyed reading it. Reading her impressions about Italy was interesting, as she is someone coming from a different culture and continent.
As fun a read as it often was, as soon as I have finished the last page, I knew it is a book I will easily forget. Honestly, I don't think I would have missed much if I haven't read it. It's a nice book, I could feel the author's passion about finding 'new life' and trying something different, but in the end it's just not a book that will stay with me.
Feb 26, mossum rated it did not like it Shelves: 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 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.
Although I'm not "traveled," I can well image that the effort of obtaining a passport, packing, and flying to the other side of the globe would be well worth it if one could buy and restore a home in the hills of Tuscany. I can even appreciate the detailed imagery a good author can summon with romantic descriptions of local flora, cuisine, and ancillary characters.
Unfortunately, Mayes was unable or unwilling to craft such an exciting, titillating, adventurous memoir, and instead presents the minutiae of her adventure with over-descriptive drudgery.
I found her writing to be less interesting than the plant descriptions on my Sunset Garden Book. Apr 22, Tamara rated it did not like it Recommended to Tamara by: Conifer book friends, I think?
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 more 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.
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Dec 15, Foteini Fp rated it liked it. Oct 06, Tarah rated it liked it. Here's the thing. I loved this book when I first read it was I 20? 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: But reading this again while wrapped in the cynicism of my 30s, I just can't get excited about it. Again, the genre of memoir is partly to blame.
But more than anything, I'm just supremely uninterested in reading about how fantastic, and rustic, and beautiful your life is. I'm giving it three stars not because I like it, as I'm not sure I do at this point, but because it is beautiful.
How much of that is really just the landscape, I wonder. May 09, Aisling rated it really liked it. I think I'm being a little harsh by giving this only 4 stars Mayes style works well with the bulk of the book but there are too many wandering offs to make it a true 5 star book.
It just did not hang together. I really enjoyed it, though. I just had to pick it up and put it dow I think I'm being a little harsh by giving this only 4 stars I just had to pick it up and put it down when she kept shifting styles and goals.
And ok it was marketed as a memoir and I generally need to avoid them. But there is much to be greatly enjoyed in this book. Just don't expect it to be anything like the movie--the movie is very, very loosely based on the book.
This is a terrific read for the arm chair traveler or anyone who has wanderlust and needs a little motivation to go and do. Oct 18, Marjorie rated it really liked it.
But Ms. 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 difference with the conversion.
So thank you, Ms. Mayes, for this clarification! The 20th Anniversary Edition is being released so I grabbed the chance to read it all these years later. This memoir is beautifully written and pulls you right into the atmosphere that exclusively belongs to Italy. Mayes and her husband had the privilege and daring to buy a run-down villa in Tuscany 20 years ago and she and her husband undertook the extensive renovation of it. The beginning of the book details their search for a home, their finding of Bramasole in Tuscany, their search for contractors and decisions made as to what the renovation would entail and the actual renovation.
However, I did become a bit bored with some of the renovation details. But then she goes on to talk about her exploration of the neighboring areas and her finding of little known paths, roads and churches that she finds and I was entranced. All in all, the author has shared her delight in Italy with her readers in a completely captivating way. This book was given to me by the publisher through Blogging for Books in return for an honest review.
Dec 05, Rob rated it it was ok. 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 be away from the beautiful town, it haunted my dreams every night, I thought of nothing but returning. I decided to ease my mind by reading someone else's account of their experience there, and picked up this book.
Mayes paints a bucolic picture of her affluent time spent futzing around Cortona. She obviously loves the place, but I can't help but feel like, more than anything, she's just bragging.
Maybe I'm just jealous that I don't have a home of my own there yet. Maybe I was annoyed by the herds of annoying, middle-aged American tourists jamming up the tiny streets of Tuscany's towns, making it seem less authentic, because of this book. This is not to say that my presence didn't similarly dampen the mood for others, but at least I was there to make art inspired by the natives and their surroundings, and not to see landmarks from a what is ultimately a tedious memoir.
View 1 comment. Sep 05, GoldGato rated it really liked it Shelves: You must change your life. I needed a book. It was the s 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 Frances Mayes had me turning pages to discover the results of her house renovations, her travels in Tuscany, and her recipes.
It may be pulled back at any moment.
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
I changed my life. Apr 30, Sophia rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 pre 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. And that's pretty much what the author says it is- the tidied version that is.
I immersed myself in Frances and Ed's two American university professors summer and other holiday adventures in buying and restoring an old Tuscan farmhouse. There are details of their personal projects, the entertaining attempt and moderate success of working with Italian contractors and laborers in spite of a limited knowledge of the language. Details of acquiring their home pieces and indulging in the amazing produce and other foods of the region from growing their own, to markets, to cooking and entertaining.
Social engagements of encounters with the locals, meeting for dinners around at the homes of an international community of ex-pats including a famous writer that Frances is a fan.
The anguish of disappointment and humor, too, in the contractor hired to work while they are away back in America and then the hum of industry while they pull out all stops to deliver a fabulous wedding for their friends.
There is so much more including a section of her Italian recipes that I was grateful to find in the center of the book after all that talk of food. I will say, that I'm probably the opposite of most readers.
I got bored during her sightseeing trips in the region, reminiscing of the past during her childhood in Georgia, or her thoughts on her life and how its changing, but I was really into the restorations and projects around their home along with talks of marketing and cooking.
It is slow-paced for certain and meanders a great deal. It reads better in small bites of time rather than larger consumption of pages at a time. It follows a general linear time line and offers episodes in their Tuscan summers so its not messy, but it won't read crisply or quickly either.
All in all, it was a pleasant reading experience that gave me a lovely vicarious trip to Tuscany. I definitely don't think I'm up to restoring an old Tuscan farmhouse, but staying in one and shopping in the market or eating in the restaurants or going tourist on the region would definitely be a dream come true. Jul 26, Cinco rated it did not like it Shelves: 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.
View all 5 comments. Nov 24, Kasia rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. 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? Been there, done that, so tour guide is not required. And as far as real estate goes, I need a catalog with pictures and numbers, and then prefer to see the place, and have actual interest in purchasing. Otherwise, it's a moot point. I guess I should have known better than to reach for this book. Well now I know better, I guess Dar tiksliau tai Kortona. Italija kvepianti knyga.
Feb 08, Emma Iadanza rated it it was ok Shelves: Before I started this book, I read some of the other reviews on Goodreads, 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.
They fix it up but they really don't do it, a bunch of polish guys do it in the beginning and then she skips over the rest of their restoration. Buy the Audiobook Download: Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks.
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