- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Broadway; Reissue edition (26 August 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767916069
- ISBN-13: 978-0767916066
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy Paperback – Import, 26 Aug 2003
|Paperback, Import, 26 Aug 2003||
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"Armchair travel at its most enticing."
"Mayes [has] perfect vision."
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About the Author
Frances Mayes lives in Cortona, Italy and San Francisco, where she teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University. A widely published poet as well as a prolific food and travel writer, she has written for the New York Times, House Beautiful, and Food and Wine.See all Product description
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I bought this book after watching the movie based on this book starring Diane Lane. The movie and this book hardly bears any resembles. However I was not disappointed. Both are good in their own ways.
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The life that Mayes describes is a brief part of the movie. When the character based on Mayes writes on the postcard, the language she uses is what this novel is infused with.
It is a love letter to this area of Tuscany. Bits and pieces of the story make their way on screen, but the continuity is different.
The movie is a tale with beginning, middle and end.
This book is lovely, and one feels a sense of attachment to a place you never have been through the words and writing of Mayes. But it is not the story that made its way to the screen. That, to me was more engaging than the tale of Mayes and her husband Ed restoring Bramasole.
I will watch the movie over and over. I will read other books by Mayes, but I don't think I will revisit this again. I can recommend it for all of us should experience her use of language, that is wonderful.
But this is one of the few books I remember and really enjoyed the author's turn of phrase this time around as well as imagining the foods she cooked and the landscaping and house refurbishing the couple engaged in over a several year period.