Under the Tuscan Sun PDF/EPUB × Under the Kindle -

Under the Tuscan Sun PDF/EPUB × Under the Kindle -

Under the Tuscan Sun ❧ Under the Tuscan Sun free download ➛ Author Frances Mayes – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk A CLASSIC FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF UNDER MAGNOLIAFrances Mayes—widely published poet gourmet cook and travel writer—opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an aband A CLASSIC FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF UNDER MAGNOLIAFrances 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 Under the Kindle - 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 MFK Fisher and Peter Mayle did for Provence Mayes writes about the tastes and pleasures of a foreign country with gusto and passionNow with an excerpt from Frances Mayes's latest southern memoir Under Magnolia.


About the Author: Frances Mayes

Frances Mayes's new book is See You in the Piazza New Places to Discover in Italy published by Crown Her most recent novel is Women in Sunlight published by Crown and available in paperback in spring With her husband Edward Mayes she recently published The Tuscan Sun Cookbook Every Day in Tuscany is the Under the Kindle - third volume in her bestselling Tuscany memoir seriesIn addition to.



10 thoughts on “Under the Tuscan Sun

  1. Ali Ali says:

    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


  2. Tara Tara says:

    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 eually so Plenty of place writing does a disservice to the locations it tries to praise but Mayes isn't just in love with Tuscany she's also an astonishingly good writer and she's sensitive to the fact that she is an outsider and therefore writes as one who does not know the culture She's constantly delighted with new discoveries and she shares them in such a way that you can share them tooThe real genius here though is in the scope It's not all sweeping vistas and Renaissance churches in this telling; Mayes transforms the details of daily life and she considers big uestions too Food and drink new friends and neighbors the non human inhabitants of her house and land the joys and frustrations of foreign gardening the colors and textures and tastes daily encountered are all given their moments The next moment Mayes ruminates on the vagaries of renovating a house in a foreign countrythis is what the book is ostensibly about the reasons a person leaves their own homeland to find a home elsewhere and the ways a person is changed by what they find in that elsewhere Is it cliche to say that I was changed by the experience of reading this and that I am again every time I revisit the book? Too bad then this book is on my top shelf I wish I could write like Frances Mayes


  3. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Under the Tuscan Sun Frances Mayes When Frances Mayes Diane Lane learns her husband is cheating on her from a writer whom she gave a bad review her life is turned upside down In an attempt to bring her out of a deep depression her best friend Patti encourages Frances to take a tour of Italy During the trip the new divorce impulsively decides to purchase a rural Tuscan villa and struggles to start her life anew amid colorful local characters including the handsome Marcello Raoul Bovaتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز دوازدهم ماه مارس سال 2020میلادیعنوان زیر آفتاب توسکانی؛ نویسنده فرانسیس مایس؛زندگی هزاران فرصت به تو می‌دهد؛ تنها کاری که تو بایست انجام دهی، انتخاب یکی از آنهاست؛ به دنبال طلاقی ناگهانی، فرانسیس، نویسنده و منتقد آمریکایی روحیه خود را از دست می‌دهد؛ دوستانش که نگران او هستند، ترتیبی می‌دهند که او برای گردش و تجدید روحیه همراه یک تور مسافرتی به ناحیه زیبای توسکانی ایتالیا سفر کند فرانسیس در حین سفر یک ویلای قدیمی تقریبا مخروبه را خریداری می‌کند و سعی میکند که در آنجا زندگی جدیدی را آغاز کندنقل از متنفرانسیس یه چیز عجیبی رو در مورد طلاق می‌دونی؟ مثل یه گلوله تو قلب، یا تصادف اتومبیل، واقعا تو رو نمی‌کشه وقتی به کسی که بهش قول دادی تا مرگ همراهش باشی میگی «هیچ‌وقت دوستت نداشتم،» اون باید همون لحظه بکشدت نباید مجبور باشی هر روز صبح بیدار بشی و سعی کنی بفهمی چی تو دنیا هست که نمی‌دونی درسته، من باید بدونم، اما من از اینکه حقیقتو ببینم می‌ترسم ترس از اینکه بفهمم چقدر احمق بودممارتینی نه، این حماقت نیست، خانم میزفرانسیس آه، آره، عشق کوره فقط همینو داریم بگیممارتینی همه اینو میگن چون این واقعیته– خب حالا من صاحب یه ویلایی هستم که دوتا گاو، دو روز طول می‌کشه تا زمینشو شخم بزنن؛ من نه گاو دارم، نه گاوآهن، مجبورم خودم دست به کار بشم؛ پایان نقل؛ ا شربیانی


  4. SJ SJ says:

    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 of forgiving myself for not liking it and set it aside It just wasn't for me


  5. Leftbanker Leftbanker says:

    File under Lifestyle Porn 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 understand 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 possibleI had some friends come to visit me here in Spain and one of them was reading this book I had read it before and thought very little of it As I am now in the middle of editing my own travel book about Spain I practically yanked this away from them to reread I have to say that my first impression of Under the Tuscan Sun was accurate As I edit my book about life in Spain I am a little worried about what I feel to be a lack of structure and focus in what I have written After rereading this book my work seems like a textbook example of structure She just seems to comment randomly about her rather privileged life in Italy This book should serve as how not to write It's truly ghastly writing at every step without a hint of insight to be found anywhereThis thing is like The Da Vinci Code of travel memoirs or whatever the hell you want to call it She is not as clumsy a writer as Dan Brown; I refer to the immense popularity of this book I just don’t get it I just don’t see why it is that we all have to be reading the same book I suppose that this is how the publishing industry works They would much rather force one book down our collective throats than to print and market a series of books better suited for a range of tastes I guess they find this sort of book to be inoffensive enough to cover a wide range of readers who are looking for a book about living in Italy A interesting take on this subject would be a lot riskier Just an anecdotal observation on my part but in travel memoirs when writers don’t speak the local language very well they litter their writing in English with foreign words The only time you should use a foreign word is when there is no English euivalent and even then only sparingly I'd wager that her Italian is pretty lousy For me this book is creative writing gone bad and isn't all creative writing just writing gone bad? If you removed all of the adjectives and adverbs the book would be about ten pages longI never felt like reading of this no matter where I was in the narrative As far as the premise to the book I really couldn’t care less about some prosperous couple’s work they are doing on an Italian country estate I don’t know why this sort of story is so appealing to American readers lifestyleporn as I mentionedAll of the home improvement narrative had little or nothing to do with Italy One of the most important things to learn about life in Europe is how their cities work; at least this is one of the most important things that I've learned in my years in Spain A country house is for locals who are fed up with life in the city It will take me many years to reach this stage of assimilation Being isolated on your Italian country estate doesn’t have much to do with Italy She probably went weeks without ever speaking to an Italian that wasn’t among her service employees Every noun is propped up by a adjective as if nothing is able to stand on its own The Italians in the book come across as mere stereotypes I’m surprised I didn’t read about Guiseppe the old organ grinder with his monkey For a woman who has spent a lot of time in the country she has precious few insights about what life is like in that country other than her rather untraditional versions of Italian recipes On the back cover of the book they say that the author is a gourmet cook The first thing that came to my mind was that she may have ualified as a gourmet cook in America back when the book was first published but among the Italians she probably rates somewhere in the bottom middle of household hash slingers From her recipes I didn’t get the impression that she was creating any miracles in the kitchen This isn’t trying to take anything away from her skills it’s just that in Mediterranean countries the bar for culinary prowess has been raised rather high Like being a distance runner in Kenya to be considered an above average cook in this region of the world you have to be truly remarkable Judging by the heavenly cooking smells wafting into the stairwell of my small building in Valencia it seems that really good cooks aren’t exactly a rare commodityI suppose people are in love with the idea of moving to a country estate in Tuscany and nothing else really matters I just couldn’t give a shit about her petty bourgeois issues with restoring a country home For me it’s just a load of really uninteresting gibberish like someone recounting a dream The author revealed few truly insightful observations about Italy or Italian life I doubt that she learned much Italian in all of her time spent there As she is a university writing professor she writes in the clunky college professor manner that has shaped and destroyed so much American writing This just seems like it appeals to the fanny pack wearing crowd of international travel the folks who read those awful yuppie travel magazines keep their cash in a money belt and see travel as nothing than a shopping opportunity I'd like to set the author of this book up on a blind date with the guy who wrote the eually awful A Year in ProvenceI just noticed that this same author has a follow up book to Under the Tuscan Sun with the sub heading Journeys of a Passionate Traveler I think I need to throw up a little bit First of all you can't call something a journey if you use a credit card Secondly what the hell is a passionate traveler? Is that like when they do a porno movie on a desert island or you have sex in the bathroom of a train? It’s like those cooking shows for people “who love to eat” Are there people who don’t like to eat? A “passionate traveler?” I just couldn’t get past the title of this book to find out what she is talking about I seriously doubt that she has written a single thing of interest before Under the Tuscan Sun came out even though she taught creative writing Has anyone who teaches creative writing ever written anything interesting?


  6. Amanda Amanda says:

    At 66 pages in I'm throwing in the towelSomewhere 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 cover or dear God whose hair is that?? these are all things that would give me a nervous twitch for days Add to that a county library that seemed unaware of the existence of authors other than Nicholas Sparks Norah Roberts James Patterson and John Grisham well the choice was clear I had to buy my own booksThe thing is I was so punchdrunk giddy with the idea of buying my own books and not being limited to what was on the library shelves that I was pretty damn bad at it in the beginning I bought anything and everything that struck my fancy Part of this was also because I was willing to see if I was the kind of person who would like these books that I didn't have access to previously A book about a woman moving to sun drenched Italy and finding herself? Why not? Maybe I'm the kind of person who could like that My shelves are still filled with secret shames I acuired in those heady days of biblio freedom Let's just say that today I am not the kind of person who would ever pick this book up Under the Tuscan Sun is not a bad book It's just not a me book As far as I can tell here is the basic premise1 Frances and Ed search all of Italy for the perfect summer house and have terrible trouble finding the place that's meant for them talk about rich people problems eh?2 Frances and Ed buy the house that speaks to them and apparently the house is saying Freeze Gimme all your money and no one gets hurt Because this house needs some serious work3 Frances and Ed perpetually need or get permits contracts money wires and estimates for the bajillion and one things that need to be fixed Every time the expense is exorbitant but before one can feel sorry for them they scrape together the money needed with seemingly minimal effort It's kind of like the movie The Money Pit with Tom Hanks and Shelly Long only this time I was kind of rooting for the house 4 Frances and Ed make a uaint little discovery on their property Isn't Italy wonderful5 Something else goes wrong with the house Stick it to 'em house6 Frances cooks something It's always Italian It always has fresh ingredients It is always fabulousIt reads like a well written but repetitive and ultimately uninteresting diaryNow again I did not finish reading the book but skimmed through it enough to feel fairly assured that nothing new was ever going to happen Other reviews reaffirmed this belief so I do not feel compelled to read further Had this been a travel article I probably would have been intrigued but I just can't do another 240 pages of this And so Under the Tuscan Sun ciao I'm off to sunnier literary climesCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder


  7. Laura C. Laura C. says:

    “ 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 fabulous job as the head of the Humanities department at a major University in San Francisco when you are not in Tuscany; interesting and famous literary friends; still look good in a sun dress and gladiator sandals; have a movie made about your life staring Diane Ladd which is really nothing like the book by the way; and speak Italian with a charming southern accent It’s not fair It’s not fair” Later that night she crawled under the table and retrieved it determined to try one of those recipes included in the book for Chicken with Chickpeas Garlic Tomatoes and Thyme


  8. Deb Deb says:

    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 mentions sitting out at her new home and hearing the WHIRR of an owl flying close overhead I knew I wanted to spend no time in her description of Italy Owls are silent You DO NOT hear the whirr of this bird of prey's wings If she is making up something this simple what else is fantasy? I was hoping to learn about Italy not hear her interpretation of what Italy should be So I ejected the disk and put the book away Silence won out over a pampered middle aged woman's whimsical ramblings


  9. Heather Vance Heather Vance says:

    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 countryside But it is than a merely picturesue recounting of her experiences her story has many layers that together recall that sense of nostalgia that can only be found in the true sweetness of memory The smells and sounds that create that subtle ache for the events and experiences that in remembering achieve their deepest meaning Her life undone becomes her greatest practice of living in the nowIt gives me joy to accompany her on this path through her own poetic journaling and to read beneath and in between her words the discovery of a life deconstructed along with her old farmhouse which like her is being reborn through years of neglectMay she and all of us continue to learn to live creating the lives we desire with plenty of local grown food wine and personal harvest


  10. Bam cooks the books ;-) Bam cooks the books ;-) says:

    I am surprised by how many bad reviews this book has received here on goodreads Yes the movie version is very loosely based on this book so don't come looking for that story here And yes it is a memoir and not a novel And yes Mayes is a privileged woman who has earned the ability to buy a decrepit villa in Tuscany as a second home renovate it and furnish it So? Who hasn't dreamed of doing just that? I thoroughly enjoyed her descriptions of the renovation process the land the people the ancient history of the area and oh the food Thank goodness she has included a few recipes to try


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