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Under the Tuscan Sun

7 Ratings: 3.3
A book by Frances Mayes

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, … see full wiki

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Author: Frances Mayes
Genre: Travel, Reference
Publisher: Broadway
5 reviews about Under the Tuscan Sun
review by . June 08, 2008
Pros: Absolutely gorgeous description of food, sights, sounds and smells.     Cons: No big story here, it's not about a story.     The Bottom Line: This is the story of a dream. It's for anyone who ever wanted to "run away" and live abroad.     This book is another from the accumulated pile next to the bed. It's been there long enough to get dusty, but finally I pick it up.      Frances Mayes, poet, travel writer, lover …
review by . January 31, 2006
I love this book. It reflects my own desire for a simpler lifestyle, ok , through a complicated restoration. Through Mayes' inpiration, I have found myself slowing down and relishing in simple pleasures.   If anything, after reading UtTS, you should have a desire to do something unexpected, even unabashedly crazy! In the back of my mind, I say that I could do what she did... probably not, but through her eyes, I can experience the anxiety, joy and unforgettable experiences.    As …
review by . September 24, 2003
Reading Frances Mayes tribute to Tuscany is akin to sitting in a hammock on a bright sunny day listening to a bumblebee droning amongst the flowers in a nearby garden: the luscious descriptions make me thirst for some equivalent in my own life, while the lack of overall plot drowses me to a gentle lull of sleep. This latter result, by no means represents an insult to Mayes' writing style; on the contrary I commend her abilities to create an atmosphere so dense with detail that this old insomniac …
review by . September 10, 2003
The Italian suffix '-one' expands the noun. Solleone = big sun. And that is what this wonderful little book is about - the sun that floods the pages of this book about a renovation of a house in Tuscany, about growing in touch with the self, with what is important in the process of living, with what makes being apart of this universe a beautiful and enigmatic. Frances Mayes writes well and has captured the imagination of the dreamers of this country with her books about the simplicity of discovering …
review by . September 19, 2000
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 many of us will never have the good fortune to experience. So what if it is somewhat of a self oriented story that makes little mention of the people? It is a gentle and interesting story, and I have enjoyed it thoroughly.
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