Under the Tuscan Sun

By Frances Mayes

Under the Tuscan Sun

 3.8 

Under the Tuscan Sun

12 Quotes    3.8 

In the spirit of Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence, an enchanting and lyrical look at the life, traditions and cuisine of Tuscany. When she began restoreing an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside, Frances Mayes entered a wonderful new world. At every turn, there were unexpected ... treasures: faded frescos in her dining room beneath the whitewash, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles in the garden, and vibrant markets and delightful people in the nearby hill towns. In Under the Tuscan Sun, she brings a poet's lyrical voice, a seasoned traveler's eye, and a cook and food writer's discerning palate to invite readers to explore the pleasures of Italian life, and to dine at her table.

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Quotes from Under the Tuscan Sun

Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different.

Life offers you a thousand chances... all you have to do is take one.

Splendid to arrive alone in a foreign country and feel the assault of difference. Here they are all along, busy with living; they don't talk or look like me. The rhythm of their day is entirely different; I am foreign.

Although he's slight, he has that wiry strength that seems to come more from will than muscle.

Like fanning through a deck of cards, my mind flashes on the thousand chances, trivial to profound, that converged to re-create this place. Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different. Where did the expression "a place in the sun" first come from? My rational thought process cling always to the idea of free will, random event; my blood, however, streams easily along a current of fate.

A Chinese poet many centuries ago noticed that to re-create something in words is like being alive twice.

Reviews of Under the Tuscan Sun

Not the least of the charms of her book are the recipes for delicious meals she has made. Above all, her observations about being at home in two very different cultures are sharp and wise.

Perhaps after this, I should stay away from the memoir genre for a while. I don’t seem to be enjoying it. I am giving this 1 out of 5 stars.

This book is for lovers of Italy, for lovers of food, for lovers of life. Opening it will have you smelling the wildflowers and tasting the blackberries that grow abundantly in the garden.

A beautifully written memoir that engages the reader in one’s renovation of life and relationships, Frances Mayes uses her memoir to show that life is not over for the older woman whose marriage has ended and who has a grown daughter.

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