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Under the Tuscan Sun [Gekürzte Ausgabe, Audiobook] [Englisch] [Audio CD]

Frances Mayes
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29. März 2005


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.

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  • Audio CD
  • Verlag: Random House Audio; Auflage: Abridged (29. März 2005)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0739322974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739322970
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 14,6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.487.582 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 color, 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. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .


A New York Times Notable Book of 1997

"This beautifully written memoir about taking chances, living in Italy. loving a house and, always, the pleasures of food, would make a perfect gift for a loved one.  But it's so delicious, read it first yourself."
--USA Today

"Irresistible...a sensous book for a sensous countryside."
--Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“An intense celebration of what [Mayes] calls ‘the voluptuousness of Italian life’ . . . appealing and very vivid . . . [The] book seems like the kind of thing you’d tuck into a picnic basket on an August day . . . or better yet, keep handy on the bedside table in the depths of January.”
New York Times Book Review

"Armchair travel at its most enticing."

“Mayes [has] perfect vision. . . . I do not doubt that centuries form now, whoever lives in Bramasole will one day uncover bits of pottery used at Mayes’ table. She has, by the sweat of her brow and the strength of her vision, become a layer in the history of this place.”
--Los Angeles Times

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Lyrical Beauty of Tuscan 20. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
With her passion and poetic views toward the beauty of Italy, the author of this book, Frances Mayes, finally came to a conclusion, "I AM ABOUT TO BUT A HOUSE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY". Buying a villa with a beautiful name of Bramasol in the spectacular Italian countryside was a the first plane of her adventure for a life as a foreigner with a new language to know more about this country and lyrical lives of Italian people. She experienced quite different feelings from this rustic environment than an urban life style, which she used to have in San Francisco, California. However, she discovered there many pleasant aspects of Mediterranean life and culture "Under the Tuscan Sun". As Van Gogh visually described the vital energies actively circulating among the lives in nature under the hot Mediterranean sun with his spiritual aspect of knowledge and passion toward nature, she also expressed, as a poet, inner nature of people and outer indigenous cultures from different regions in Italian life. There are much of details that artistically expressed and mentioned by her talented descriptive writing and attitude; I might have missed many parts to write them all in this review. But this book was the best travel journey that I have read. This book is very recommendable and will be helpful for those people who have decided their summer vacation travelling in Italy and the students who want to extend their major studies in music in Italy. It provides many detail resources and information about Italian culture and unique life style that had fully understood from her personal experiences and the true opinions about their culture as a foreigner. No one should miss this book before he or she towards a new life in Italy.
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Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I live in a resort town where we meet people like Frances Mayes all the time. They are retired, or starting a second fantasy career in a "quaint" place, and try to treat the locals with amused good humor (condescendingly)...when they remember their manners at all. Once in a while they too find they must lower themselves to "pitch a fit", like the Southern ex-patriate Mayes is force to do in Italy. Energy is expended trying to recall what exact charm their original fantasy of a life among the nicely weathered buildings and natural wonders held for them. Like Tuscany, it's hard to get things done here on time. It's hard to find help. It's the country, not the City and the inconveniences are hard to take -- even with money to pay for requested services...imagine! What these fancy transplants don't seem to remember, like Ms. Mayes, is that if everyone in their new home was like them -- able to throw money around and demand prompt service -- the place wouldn't hold many charms. It would simply be California, or New York City. Just another place to escape from.
Ms.Mayes is a poet, of course, so she Notices Everything. Poetry can take your breath away or annoy and Ms. Mayes book does both. I find it hard to feel too sorry for her particular hardships, and wish she would just not go into so much detail about them, would just lighten up. (I felt embarassed for her and the people she meets and scrutinizes -- many of whom I can't quite keep track of, although she graciously names them for us.) I felt anxious for her and Ed and worried that renovations wouldn't get done in time. Time is a constant worry, here, ironically, in a place that is inhabited by people who know how to live in the moment -- maybe the countryside's greatest treasure!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen If you like Peter Mayle you'll hate this 5. Mai 1999
Von Ein Kunde
First the good news: there are some very fine recipes. And to save valuable time (and avoid disappointment), just copy the recipes and then toss the book away.
I was lured into buying this book by a plug on the back cover, to the effect that Ms Mayes ". . . does for Tuscany what Peter Mayle and MFK Fisher have done for Provence." Well, Peter Mayle is a particular fave rave of mine, so when I opened Ms Mayes book I expected it to be a celebration of life, a witty exploration of local customs, traditions, and cuisine, delicously presented; a book of humor and joy, filled with truly unforgetable characters. Wrong. The book is completely devoid of humor. There are no unforgetable locals. Unfortunately, this book is not really about Cortona or Tuscany. It is not even about refurbishing an old stone house in another country, though much of the book is Bob Villa Goes Tuscan. It is the story of the author, starring the author, with her psyche (doubly traumatized by divorce and the unspeakable horror of growing up in the Deep South) as Best Supporting Actress. The Tuscan locals, and even friends and family members are mere cardboard cutouts; a supporting cast all clad in grey. As to Tuscany itself, it is just a big sound stage filled with flea markets and restaurants. The author's musings towards the end of the book are smug at best and offensive at worst - I'm not even RC but I was particularly offended by her mocking ramblings about Catholic saints. The book is befouled by Politically Correct and Yuppie attitudes that are sometimes amusing and silly, but more often angry and fearfull; rigidly and righteously absolutist (eg, Ohmygawd-they-wear-fur-here-how-horrible).
Anyhow, though the book dragged on and on, I was determined to finish it. When I finally did get to the end and closed it and put it down, I somehow felt unclean.
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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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