UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN BOOK PDF
summers. Now the blue book has become Under the. Tuscan Sun, a natural outgrowth of my first pleasures here. Restoring, then improving, the house;. Praise. A New York Times Notable Book of “This beautifully written memoir about taking chances, living in Italy. loving a house and, always, the pleasures. "What are you growing here?" is the first line of Under the Tuscan Sun. In what ways does that question symbolize how the book came about? What does it say.
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The divorce—and the loss of her house to her ex-husband and his much-younger, pregnant new partner—leaves her depressed and unable to write. Her best friend Patti Sandra Oh , a lesbian who is expecting a child, is beginning to think Frances might never recover. She urges Frances to take an Italian vacation to Tuscany using the ticket she purchased before she became pregnant.
At first Frances refuses, but after another depressing day in her gloomy apartment, she decides that it's a good idea to get away for a while. In Tuscany, her tour group stops in the small town of Cortona.
After wandering through the charming streets, she notices a posting for a villa for sale in Cortona. Reading Guide. Sep 02, Pages Buy. Aug 26, Pages Buy. Jul 05, Minutes Buy. Sep 02, Pages.
Aug 26, Pages. Jul 05, Minutes. 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. Fisher and Peter Mayle did for Provence, Mayes writes about the tastes and pleasures of a foreign country with gusto and passion.
Under the Tuscan Sun Script
It was… More about Frances Mayes. We walked up to the house under a rusted pergola leaning under the weight of climbing roses. The double front door squawked like something alive when we pushed it open. The glass in the windows wavered. I scuffed through silty dust and saw below it smooth brick floors in perfect condition.
In each room, Ed opened the inside window and pushed open the shutters to one glorious view after another of cypresses, rippling green hills, distant villas, a valley. There were even two bathrooms that functioned. No one had lived there in thirty years and the grounds seemed like an enchanted garden, overgrown and tum- bling with blackberries and vines. Ivy twisted into the trees and ran over fallen terrace walls. During several years of looking, sometimes casually, sometimes to the point of exhaustion, I never heard a house say yes so completely.
However, we were leaving the next day, and when we learned the price, we sadly said no and went home. During the next months, I mentioned Bramasole now and then. I stuck a photo on my mirror and often wandered the grounds or rooms in my mind.
The house is a metaphor for the self, of course, but it also is totally real.
And a foreign house For more information visit Frances Mayes' website www. Because I had ended a long marriage that was not supposed to end and was establish- ing a new relationship, this house quest felt tied to whatever new identity I would manage to forge. When the flying fur from the divorce settled, I had found myself with a grown daughter, a full- time university job after years of part-time teaching , a modest securities portfolio, and an entire future to invent.
Although di- vorce was harder than a death, still I felt oddly returned to myself after many years in a close family. I had the urge to examine my life in another culture and move beyond what I knew. I wanted something of a physical dimension that would occupy the mental volume the years of my former life had.
Ed shares my passion for Italy completely and also shares the boon of three-month sum- mer breaks from university teaching. There we would have long days for exploring and for our writing and research projects. And, ah, the foreign self.
The new life might shape itself to the contours of the house, which already is at home in the landscape, and to the rhythms around it.
In the spring, I called a California woman who was starting a real-estate development business in Tuscany. I asked her to check on Bramasole; perhaps if it had not sold, the price had come down. A week later, she called from a bar after meeting with the owner. And that house needs a lot of work.
After all, the only thing wrong is the expense. We both love the setting, the town, the house and land.
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If only one little thing is wrong, I tell myself, go ahead. Still, this costs a sacco di soldi. It will be an enormous hassle to For more information visit Frances Mayes' website www. Leaks, mold, tumbling stone terraces, crumbling plaster, one funky bathroom, another with an adorable metal hip bathtub and a cracked toilet.
Why does the prospect seem fun, when I found remodeling my kitchen in San Francisco a deep shock to my equilibrium? On the other hand, a dignified house near a Roman road, an Etruscan Etruscan! Several figs seem to thrive near the well. I run through a litany of diseases we could get. An aunt died of a heart attack at forty-two, my grandmother went blind, all the ugly illnesses.
What if an earthquake shakes down the universi- ties where we teach? The Humanities Building is on a list of state structures most likely to fall in a moderately severe quake. What if the stock market spirals down? I leap out of bed at three A. Coming back to bed in the dark, feeling my way, I jam my toe on the iron bed frame. Pain jags all the way up my backbone. How can you sleep? Sage and lemon balm. Sage is salvia in Italian. He clicks on the bedside lamp. He puts a Band-Aid around my toe.
How can that be, I ask at the bank, money is wired, it arrives instantaneously. More shrugs. Perhaps the main bank in Florence is holding it. Days pass. I call Steve, my broker in California, from a bar. This money was well invested in tax-free bonds and the best growth funds. Those Australian bonds of yours earned seventeen percent. Oh well, la dolce vita. I spin in the sheets until my skin burns.
I get up in the middle of the night and lean out the shuttered window, imagining all the sleeping guests, blisters on their feet from the stony streets, their guidebooks still in their hands. We could still back out. Just throw our bags in the rented Fiat and say arrivederci.
Go hang out on the Amalfi coast for a month and head home, tanned and relaxed. Buy lots of sandals. Come down out of the clouds. Now, what am I thinking of? Buying an abandoned house in a place where I hardly can speak the language. He probably has worn out his shroud turning over in his grave.
We love the concept of four walls. One June, two friends and I rented a house on Majorca; another summer I stayed in a little casa in San Miguel de Allende in which I developed a serious love for fountained courtyards and bedrooms with bou- gainvillea cascading down the balcony, the austere Sierra Madre.
One summer in Santa Fe, I started looking at adobes there, imag- ining I would become a Southwesterner, cook with chilies, wear squash blossom turquoise jewelry—a different life, the chance to be extant in another version.
At the end of a month I left and never have wanted to return. I love the islands off the Georgia coast, where I spent summers when I was growing up. Why not a weathered gray house there, made of wood that looks as though it washed up on the beach? Cotton rugs, peach iced tea, a watermelon cooling in the creek, sleeping with waves churning and rolling outside the window. A place where my sisters, friends, and their families could visit eas- ily. Italy seems endlessly alluring to me—why not, at this point, consider the opening of The Divine Comedy: What must For more information visit Frances Mayes' website www.
Better to remember my father, the son of my very literal-minded, penny-pinching grandfather.
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes - Excerpt
Like answers on the bottom of the black fortune-telling eight ball that I loved when I was ten, often I can feel an idea or the solution to a dilemma floating up through murky liquid, then it is as if I see the suddenly clear white writing. I like the charged zone of wait- ing, a mental and physical sensation of the bends as something mysterious zigzags to the surface of consciousness. What if you did not feel uncertainty, the white writing says. Are you exempt from doubt?
Why not rename it excitement? I lean over the wide sill just as the first gilded mauve light of sunrise begins. The Arab is still sleeping.
The undulant landscape looks serene in every direction. Honey-colored farmhouses, gently placed in hollows, rise like thick loaves of bread set out to cool. I know some Jurassic upheaval violently tossed up the hills, but they appear rounded as though by a big hand. The Renaissance painters had it just right.
I never thought of Perugino, Giotto, Signorelli, et al. Against this landscape and light, everything takes on a primary outline. Even a red towel drying on a line below becomes totally saturated with its own redness. What if the house is transformed in three years? And who are we in that strange new life? This enormous bank, the seat of doz- ens of branches in the gold center of Italy, has no checks to give us.
Two days later, she calls. I get boxes of them at home. Signora Raguzzi parcels them out to us.
Signora Raguzzi in tight skirt, tight T-shirt, has lips that are perpetually wet and pouting. Her skin glistens. She is astonishingly gorgeous. She wears a magnificent square gold necklace and bracelets on both wrists that jangle as she stamps our account number on each check.
California sounds good to her.
She brightens every time she sees us. The bank begins to seem surreal. A man wheels in a cart stacked with gold ingots—actual small bricks of gold. No one seems to be on guard. Another man loads two into dingy manila folders. He walks out into the street, taking the ingots some- where. So much for Brinks delivery—but what a clever plain- clothes disguise.
We turn back to the checks. Only For more information visit Frances Mayes' website www. Everyone talks at once and no one listens.
The baroque legal terms leave us way behind.Unscheduled stop. Frances begins her new life with the help of a variety of interesting characters and unusual but gentle souls. We decided to change our coach tickets into an upgraded ticket for you. Are we celebrating something in particular?
You don't bother me. And now he is the favorite saint of chefs. Excuse me, but I Via di La Casanova. We got a doctor. Throw the flag.
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