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Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Frances Mayes
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4. April 2000


Frances Mayes, whose enchanting #1 New York Times bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun made the world fall in love with Tuscany, invites us back for a delightful new season of friendship, festivity, and food, there and throughout Italy.

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  • Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Broadway Books; Auflage: Reprint (4. April 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 076790284X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767902847
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 13,7 x 1,7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 595.841 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Often the most fascinating memoirs are written by people who seem to be quite unaware that they are actually monsters. Frances Mayes' entertainingly egocentric Bella Tuscany, the sequel to her best-selling Under the Tuscan Sun, nudges into this category. Like its predecessor, a lyrical account of an American teacher of creative writing's insertion of herself into Tuscan life and the Tuscan landscape, Bella Tuscany (shouldn't that be Bella Toscana, or is something to be inferred about the intended readership?) is a sustained, ecstatic trill of cypresses, dusty, immemorial hillsides and tile-roofed hill towns. With hunky husband Ed, Frances restores her farmhouse, plants flowers and grows vegetables, cooks, travels and generally swans about Italy, in the process transforming it into a vehicle for her glowing sensibilities. Occasionally she speculates briefly about those she encounters on the way--about the old farmers who tend her olive trees, about the Nigerian prostitutes surreally stationed along a lonely rural road by the Russian mafia--but the beam of her attention barely flickers. There is a telling moment early on: she looks out of the window; the landscape reveals itself for her to love. It is as though the whole of Tuscany, no, the whole of Italy is laid out for her benefit, for those exquisite Martha Stewart moments. And people are so kind: they just can't resist bestowing gifts on her. The lady at the nursery rushes out with a plant. The shy owner of the perfumery shop in town turns out to have paid for her cappuccino. Anselmo who manages their vegetable garden presents them with his wine-press. "This gentle courtesy happens frequently." Far more than any possible reader, she is an enthralled spectator of the pageant of her gorgeous life, which she is generous enough to share. One doesn't begrudge it her one bit. One reads, fascinated, then makes one's holiday plans for somewhere else. --Robin Davidson -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .


"A love letter to Italy written in precise and passionate language of near poetic density...A book to treasure, as the author so clearly treasures the life she engraves on our hearts."
--Susan Jacoby, Newsday

"Fall in love again with the charming people and countryside of Cortona in this evocative follow-up to Under the Tuscan Sun."

"Mayes displays a gift for conveying everyday life through her writing...Perfect for those with the yen but not the means for a second home...Mayes presents a simpler, less frantic version of how to live one's life."
--USA Today

"Frances Mayes is, before all else, a wonderful writer...She never loses sight of the fact that millenniums-old Tuscany, with its immemorial customs and folkways, is not to be domesticated or made familiar.  Her Italy remains intransigently foreign, exotic, a continuing revelation of strangeness and unexpected beauties."
--Chicago Tribune

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Too much of a good thing twice! 23. Juni 1999
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Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Since I am a second-generation Italian woman AND a professor at a university, I lapped up Under the Tuscan Sun with more gusto than my own homemade gnocchi with puttanesca sauce. WHO was this woman, I thought, who was living my dream life??? There she was:buying a house in Tuscany, taking off for Italy the day after commencement, returning the day before classes start. That's MY fantasy. So I continued to read of Mayes' adventures and after I got used to the idea that someone else was living my fantasy... ok ok.. after throwing the book across the room a few times, I realized that here was an extraordinary writer who really could describe food well (an art as well as a science). My Mama Nora, who is very difficult to impress, was indeed impressed by her artful prose. So when Bella Tuscany came out, I was the first in line at the bookstore to buy and read more about Bramasole and my adventures.. I mean .. Frances & Ed's adventures in Tuscany. And then I got a little bored and abandoned the book about mid-way through. After commencement, I did finish it. I loved some of the pottery buying scenes only because I too have carted from hotel to hotel to airline to home, handpainted expresso cups, dishes, platters and pitchers from Deruta. My love of the pottery scenes was pure reader response, though. I wonder if readers who have never been there could appreciate the pure joy of being in those pottery markets. So I'm ready for a new format. Maybe Mayes could go into the lives of her Italian neighbors. Maybe weave some fiction into the landscapes. Since all of my relatives are Italian, I have a storehouse of stories waiting to be told or written-- each more compelling than the next. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A breathtaking view of beautiful Tuscany. 7. Juni 1999
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Frances Mayes has brought Italy to me here in Webster, New York. The first book, "Under the Tuscan Sun," made me hungry for more about Tuscany, the people, the foods & recipes, the history & geography, and especially the descriptive manner in which Ms. Mayes tells a delightful story along with everything else. "Bella Tuscany" has moved me more than any other book I have read. I lose myself in each one of her chapters. Then I find myself, understanding why, as an Italian, I interpret things the way I do, feel the way I feel, and relate to people of all nationalities the way I do. I savor each chapter, reading each word, and sometimes having to close the book because I cannot see the words through my tears. I have never traveled to any European countries and hopefully, one day soon, I will. Cortona and Venice will be on the top of my list. One of the most moving thoughts in the book, was her description of an old widow who was selling her home and of course wanted to sell it for more money than it was worth. Ms. Mayes states that the house probably looked the same way it did in 1750! The emotional value of the home seemed to override the real physical worth of the structure. Ms. Mayes tells us that the old widow reached out to her, took her hand, and pulled her into a different world. She wanted to cry out because the woman's grip was so strong, but she didn't. As a child growing up in Rochester, New York, and having grandparents that lived in an area populated by Italians (mostly Sicilians), I have met women like the old widow. They hold you so tightly...maybe thinking some of that youthfulness will rub off on them. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing and Offensive 7. Juni 2000
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Although I thoroughly enjoyed Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany was a major disappointment. I don't think this book should be considered a "travel narrative" as it is really a personal, opinion-filled chronicle of one woman's experience in several different parts of the world (Minnesota, California, and Sicily- not just one village in the region of Tuscany). Although I envy Mayes' financial ability to travel at will between California and Italy, I do not envy her selfishness or ignorance. I could not relate to her buying ease, or her annoyance at having to travel home for the death of her significant other's mother.
Being the daughter of a native Sicilian, I was offended by her depiction of the people of the island. While the mafia is still existent there and plays a definitive role in the economic system of the country, it does not rule the lives of every man, woman, and child. If Mayes feels bad for the Sicilians, she shouldn't say so in this book.
After living with a host family in Tuscany, I feel I have only begun to grip the unique warmth of the people there. However, Mayes, a stereotypical American who spends summers there and "endures" some lessons in Italian, seems to feel she has become akin to the natives. A more intelligent writer would use a "show not tell" style to avoid condescending generalizations about the land and people. This book is not a total failure thanks to some good descriptive writing and humor those still struggling to learn the language can relate to.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nett aber schnell langweilig
Das Buch ist ganz nett aufgebaut, aber es wird schnell klar, dass keine größere Story dahinter steckt. Etwas langweilig. Ansosten ok, Buch war wie angegeben.
Vor 18 Monaten von Mandy Hartwig veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Even better than the first!
Being addicted to Tuscany myself, Under The Tuscan Sun was a very welcome read for an exchange student far from home and Tuscany. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 29. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Bellas Tuscany
I read Bella Tuscany while I was living in a villa for a week in an area very close to where the author was living. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2000 von Dorothy M. Vacca
4.0 von 5 Sternen A Beautiful Engagement Calendar
When I ordered the Bella Tuscany Engagement Calendar, I also ordered one for a friend. When they came I was really amazed to see the beautiful pictures of Italy in the book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Juli 2000 von Judy Marusick
4.0 von 5 Sternen Get swept away into another life!
While I loved "Under The Tuscan Sun," Mayes' first tribute to Italy, I was enthralled for the first 3/4 of the book with it's complete focus on the farmhouse restoration,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Juli 2000 von Lisa
5.0 von 5 Sternen Another wonderful portrait of Italy!
I savored this book, just like the first. Frances Mayes has a great eye for detail, and while you may envy her lifestyle and seemingly endless money, this book is a lovely escape... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 17. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Sweet-sounding life, indeed!
I enjoyed the continuing story of Frances Mayes' experience in Italy. After reading the author's first book, "Under the Tuscan Sun," I could not wait to read "Bella... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2000 von Fafa Demasio
1.0 von 5 Sternen Noiossimo
I really enjoyed "Under the Tuscan Sun", so I decided to read "Bella Tuscany". I found "Bella Tuscany" to be a little boring and not at all what I'd... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Juli 2000 von Stephanie Longo
4.0 von 5 Sternen Not as good as the first one, but hey!
Under The Tuscan Sun was brilliant in that Mayes not only painted a word picture of the area, but she brought all the characters of her place alive with fine drawn portraits! Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Juni 2000 von Lynda Lowman
5.0 von 5 Sternen A beautiful book
Frances Mayes is a wonderful writer who can verbally transport you to her personal adventure of living. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 21. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
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