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Under The Tuscan Sun [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Frances Mayes
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1. Mai 1998
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 sensuous and evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. An accomplished cook and food writer, Mayes also creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes from her traditional kitchen and simple garden, all of which are included in this audio. 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. A celebration of the extraordinary quality of life in Tuscany, Under the Tuscan Sun is a feast for all senses.
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  • Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bantam; Auflage: 1st Paperback Printing (1. Mai 1998)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0553506676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553506679
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 19,4 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 92.604 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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In this memoir of her buying, renovating and living in an abandoned villa in Tuscany, Frances Mayes reveals the sensual pleasure she found living in rural Italy and the generous spirit she brought with her. She revels in the sunlight and the colour, the long view of her valley, the warm homey architecture, the languor of the slow paced days, the vigor of working her garden and the intimacy of her dealings with the locals. Cooking, gardening, tiling and painting are never chores, but skills to be learned, arts to be practiced and above all to be enjoyed. At the same time Mayes brings a literary and intellectual mind to bear on the experience, adding depth to this account of her enticing rural idyll. --Amazon.com


"Lyrically written and beguiling... What makes it special is the sustained note of joy in it; joy in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, the sights and sounds of daily life, the physical labour involved in the restoration of this 200-year-old villa and the five acres of land that go with it" (SUNDAY TIMES)

"Like many delightful books, this account of restoring a Tuscan farmhouse and its land is hard to classify. The author is a poet, good at evoking atmosphere and describing place; a cook who collects appetizing winter and summer recipes; an academic who sets her new home in its Roman and Etruscan context. Above all, Mayes is an enthusiast for starting over. After the dissolution of a long marriage, she celebrates Christmas in Italy with her grown-up daughter and her new partner. 'Is this much happiness allowed?' she asks. You bet" (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

"Frances Mayes is a wonderful writer. She captures with exceptional poetry and vivacity the extraordinary beauty of Tuscany. She understands Tuscany like a person who was born and has lived here all her life" (Lorenza De'Medici)

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1.0 von 5 Sternen boring, self-centered, completely detached from Italy 31. Oktober 1998
As an italian living in Tuscany, I found this book almost outrageous.
First of all, it is a really boring, endless description of THINGS - it could be a do-it-yourself book on restoring houses. From a woman that teaches creative writing, I expected something more. But what really annoyed me is that the author doesn't show the least interest in understanding and penetrating the italian lifestyle and culture. The book could be titled "A Stonehouse Somewhere In The Mediterranean Area", for all the relations it bears with Tuscany, or Italy. The interactions with the locals are limited to whatever work at the house they can do; there isn't the slightest interest in knowing them and their life. Mayes lives in her charming stonehouse immersed in the idea that her way of doing and seeing things is the only possible one; the doubt that "strange" behaviors could be explained by another history and culture never touches her. Being annoyed because people don't come to sand your ceilings in August is like wanting to send your kid to school on Thanksgiving...From what I gathered from the book, Mayes' only real interactions are with other americans, that share with her a quite distorted view of Italy. Her romantic views of the "nonna" living in the nice house in the country really made me laugh; ask any italian grandmother what it was like to live in a farmhouse 50 years ago: 20 hrs of work per day, cold, starving, meat only on Christmas and maybe Easter. And Mayes dreams about the "nonna" lovingly roasting the steaks on the fireplace!
Half of the italian words in the book are mispelled. The book might be intended for an american audience, but still the author could have taken the pain to show it to an italian "friend" before sending it to print. To me, it just shows once more how detached the author is from Tuscany, her "second home".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen How I long to feel that Tuscan sun! 3. Juni 1998
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Frances Mayes does do a bit of a Peter Mayle vis-a-vis A Year in Provence, however with the very first paragraph I could see the beautiful house with it's honey golden walls, faded green shutters and the gorgeous sun drenched terraced fields. I could feel myself standing there looking at it through her eyes.
I have no experience of any of Maye's previous writing and was handed this book by my mother in law who got if from my sister in law who actually lived in Florence for a year and fell in love with the Tuscan countyside back then. (She used to send us postcards with the four seasons in Tuscany and it looked like a dream). As we have all travelled Italy (and NO - we are not rich or pretentious - only normal Aussies!)and all fell in love with the Italian countryside - it seemed too delicious a book not to share with each other.
I must admit that I have not even finished reading the book as yet, but was curious to see what other readers thought of it and was then prompted to add my comments also.
I love Maye's description of the Tuscan life and can only imagine it appearing as a dream too good to be true when she returns home to SF. I would much rather be spending nine months of my year in Tuscany than anywhere else - though I suppose you have to pay for your whims somehow!
Being a fan of history I enjoyed reading accounts of Roman mastery in building viaducts etc, but I never expected to get lessons in cookery, redecorating, science - the life of the fig-pollinating wasp, all in the one masterpiece of a book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A delightful and useful book. 6. März 1998
The book was recommended by acquaintances who frequently travel to Italy as the best book on Tuscan country living. I wouldn't go nearly that far, although I've read damn few books on Tuscan country living. I have, however, spent 2 holidays in a villa about 15 minutes from Cortona and was delighted to read about places that I knew and about places that I had missed but will certainly look for when I go back this summer.
Her descriptions of Cortona are marvellous though they do not quite reach the level of wonder that I felt the first time I gazed from its old walls into the Valdichiana. It is an absolutely incredible place particularly, as she notes, in the maze of steep streets and alleys above the centro.
Her recipes and philosophical digressions were highly skippable. I was more interested in reading her descriptions of the countryside, the towns, festivals, stores and restaurants. Her detailed descriptions of the search for the house, its purchase and the renovations were very useful for me as I have spent more than one long winter evening seriously contemplating doing exactly those things. I have always eventually dismissed the idea as wildly romantic and just plain impossible but after reading her account, I'm not so sure.
The brief descriptions of the Italians she encountered and her musings about their stories, real or imagined, were enjoyable. We've met some interesting characters in our travels there and I have found myself thinking some of the thoughts that she has written. Italians, though generally friendly and helpful to strangers, are a more private people than North Americans and do not readily volunteer personal information to those they don't know well.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Zustandsbeschreibung
Ich hatte, da die Bücher aus England kamen, mit einer etwas längeren Wartezeit gerechnet.

Die Bücher sehen sehr gut aus. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 13 Monaten von Martin Dreyer veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Toskana früher
"Under the Tuscan Sun " war Auslöser für den Toskana-Boom und den Run der Toskana-Fraktion auf verlassene Anwesen in der Region. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. November 2011 von Wolfgang Tischler
5.0 von 5 Sternen Under the Tuscan Sun
The tittle of this book encompasses the essence of the book. Frances Mayes retires to Italy and obtains a rural farm house and olive trees. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 15. September 2005 von bernie
4.0 von 5 Sternen How travel writing should be!
In "Under The Tuscan Sun - At Home in Italy" food and travel writer Frances Mayes tells how she and her husband bought and lovingly restored an abandoned villa in Tuscany. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. September 2003 von florida-k
5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautifully written, full of love for Italy
Loving myself Italy I fell immediately in love with Mayes book. I enjoyed every page of it. The way she describes Italy is the way I experienced life there, too. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. August 2001 von Amazon Kunde
4.0 von 5 Sternen A gentle and entertaining read
It is with interest that I have read some of the less flattering reviews for this book. I think it is a lovely opportunity for a little escapism, in the warmth of an Italy that... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. September 2000 von Lesley West
2.0 von 5 Sternen Poor Rich Girl Decorates Old Run-Down Villa
The lemon cake recipe is the rich part. The poor girl who read the entire book for her book club was me. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 29. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen I tried
I rarely don't finish books. I think I made it through 200 pages of this one before I finally flung it across the room. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2000 von Alan Lewis
5.0 von 5 Sternen A good read!
I didn't think a book about buying a house in a foreign country would be interesting. I was wrong. Through very captivating and descriptive writing skills, the reader is allowed... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2000 von Fafa Demasio
4.0 von 5 Sternen A sensory feast
I resisted this one for a long time, being particularly averse to financing the foreign house-buying jaunts of wealthy Americans and Brits but I gave in last week in Boston airport... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Juli 2000 von Rachel D
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