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Antonia and Her Daughters: Secrets, Love, Friendship and Family in Tuscany

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  94 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The next volume of memoir from the author of the international bestseller A Thousand Days in Venice introduces the extraordinary Antonia, imperious matriach of four generations of strong-willed Tuscan women

The renovations to 34 via del Duomo now complete, Marlena de Blasi, the bestselling international author and "the woman with the fairy-tale life" needs to find time and
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Allen & Unwin (first published November 2011)
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Lauren Murphy
I have read many of Marlena de Blasi’s non-fiction titles about her experiences of making Italy her home. Antonia and her Daughters is the fifth book in her travel memoir series, I haven’t read the fourth book but I don’t think it would really matter what order your read them in. All you really need to know is that Marlena moved to Italy (originally Venice) to marry a Venetian man who swept her off her feet. She is a chef and writer and this is very much reflected in her stories where her descri ...more
Karen Brooks
Having read and loved Marlena de Blasi's other 'Italy' books, I longed to read this one and share her next adventure -and I am so glad I did. De Blasi has this wonderful capacity to include the reader in her life, to open her door, take you by the arm, and welcome you into her adopted country, relationship with Fernando, house, bedroom, and most certainly, her kitchen. She also takes you along when she visits other people and we become privy to their lives and the role they'll inevitably come to ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Gail rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Shelves: mediocre
Having read four of Marlena de Blasi's four previous books about living and cooking in Italy, I couldn't wait to read her current one. I must say that "Antonia and Her Daughters" was a disappointment. It's definitely not up to par with the other ones. Her books are always delightful and lush. You salivate at the descriptions of the food that is produced. In this book, you get this but the bulk of the story is about a woman named Antonia who is still beautiful at eighty-two. She has secrets and d ...more
Max "Mr Divabetic" Szadek
I grabbed this book at the library because I took a trip to Italy four years ago and we never made it to Tuscany. The numerous bread and olive oil mentions made it hard to read this book on an empty stomach.
Not the best by Marlena. Nonetheless, it is a story worth reading about.
Jennifer Rolfe
A fascinating story about a Tuscan woman and her life before and after WWII. She was a spikey character and although her story was fascinating I found that I didn't warm to her at all. I found it incongruous that her biting tongue could be so overlooked and that everyone loved her so much!! The story portrayed a woman who wielded power over the domestic sphere but appeared to be a much loved tyrant who vehemently guarded secrets. I still gave it a good rating because it was a good read and left ...more
A telling of a family in Tuscany, basically the story of the matriach of the family named Antonia. Parts of her story has been told in another book, so that is why I didn't enjoy it as much as I might have otherwise. Antonia is a strong woman who is not in favor of outsiders moving to her part of Italy, especially Germans. they bring back bad memories. I did enjoy learning some more of the family structures in Tuscany.
I have enjoyed all of this author's books; they feel like long letters written to me by a friend in another country. This one shed light on life in occupied Tuscany in WW II, and the fall out of the same.
I liked the way the story unfolds. I felt a little antaganistic towards Antonia in the beginning, but like always Marlena shows us her beauty and i fell in love with her too.
Not as good as I thought it would be. The descriptive parts of the story were very good but did not care much for the story itself.
It's a real story. The first part is just OK. But, while reading the seconde one I couldn't put it down.
Gave up after about 70 pages....not my cup of Chianti.
Clare Cannon
May 21, 2012 Clare Cannon marked it as probably-not
not much excitement around it
Apr 29, 2013 Ruth rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Enough. Not like the others.
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