Frances Mayes is an American university professor, poet, memoirist, essayist, and novelist. In she published the book Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy. The book is a memoir of Mayes buying, renovating, and living in an. Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy [Frances Mayes] on *FREE * shipping on qualifying offers. 20th Anniversary Edition with a New Afterword. Jason Wilson on the life style spawned by Frances Mayes’s “Under the Tuscan Sun,” published twenty years ago.

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She is not as clumsy a writer as Dan Brown; I refer more to the immense popularity of this book.

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As I am now in the middle of editing my own travel book about Spain I practically yanked this away from them to reread. At Home in Italy. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Syn account. Like everyone else, I devoured the four Ferrante books.

How Under the Tuscan Sun changed a small Italian town

I so rarely stop reading mid-book, but I found this one to be so rambling and uninteresting and I’m at a point in life where I feel no obligation to push through such an experience, even or especially tuscah please someone who thought for sure they knew what I’d like.

Already, it pulls me.

And yes, Mayes is a privileged woman who has earned the ability to buy a decrepit villa in Tuscany as a second home, renovate it and furnish it.

Suj success of Under the Tuscan Sun freed Mayes financially. In Frances Mayes published Under the Tuscan Suna memoir about buying, renovating and living in an abandoned villa in rural Cortona.


Nov 22, SJ rated it it was ok. Honestly, I don’t think I would have missed much if I haven’t read it.

Is there anything you would change about Cortona? I have three book projects underway—a novel, a non-fiction book about houses and a travel book. Memoirist Uneer Poet Professor. I absorbed a new sense of time — slower here, less urgent. Cortona is well positioned to enjoy their advantage.

Frances Mayes

Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder I’d wager that her Italian is pretty lousy. I found her writing to be less interesting than the plant descriptions on my Sunset Garden Book. Get notified about breaking news on The Local.

But there is much to be greatly enjoyed in this book. That stern of a Turkish gulet where 10 of us slept on cushions under the stars.

Her narrative voice is friendly and charming, and yet despite revealing some information about her private life, she never lets the reader in too close. Related articles Weekend Wanderlust: Under the Tuscan Sun is not an autobiographical novel, so don’t expect someone pouring their heart op Having read Under the Tuscan Sun, I can certainly see what the hype was about.

View all 3 comments. It always has fresh ingredients. Then when sh Wanting to learn about all things Italian was the reason I picked this book. There were unexpected treasures at every turn: Then, she explained to Atlanta Journal—Constitution writer Bob Longino, she realized she could build a story around the “things that always obsessed me about the South and growing up there.

Aug 08, Kay rated it liked it Shelves: What are some special things you do while in Cortona? Frances Mayes’ Under the Tuscan Sun, At Home in Italy is her personal account of a life shifting and settling in the landscape of the Italian c I first heard about this story when the film version was being hyped.


The underlying message always: Because I was young, and hadn’t learned how to resent those people who gallivant around the globe with too much money on their hands telling us how charmed their lives are while describing the picturesque landscape.

But it is more than a merely picturesque recounting of her experiences, her story has many layers that together recall that sense of nostalgia that can only be found in the true sweetness of memory.

I especially appreciated this aspect since I am the author of a spiritually-themed book. Are there any books about contemporary Italy that you would recommend?

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Like everyone else, I devoured the four Ferrante books. Under the Tuscan Sun is fairly known and well reviewed Unfortunately, Mayes was unable or unwilling to craft such an exciting, titillating, adventurous memoir, and instead presents the minutiae of her adventure with over-descriptive drudgery.

This just seems like it appeals to the fanny pack wearing crowd of international travel, the folks who read those awful yuppie travel magazines, keep their cash in a money belt, and see travel as nothing more than a shopping opportunity. While it was interesting, the author’s description of renovating her new home was a bit tedious. She had always wanted to tackle the form, but was stymied by the necessity of devising a credible plot.

I didn’t realize cookbook, sort of.