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

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  144 Ratings  ·  21 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 K
Apr 21, 2012 Lauren K rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
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
May 19, 2012 Karen Brooks rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 19, 2016 Laurie rated it it was amazing
A sumptuous and luscious read. DeBlasi does not disappoint.The author travels to a small Tuscan lodge on a Villa to meet a deadline for her next book.She meets Antonia,the Villa owner.In the process of daily life & rituals,Antonia and Marlena develop a bond of friendship.Antonia reveals the stories of her life that she has carried with her.Love,life,loss death & the horrors of Nazi occupation. Marlena takes every moment of life and elevates it to memorable moment,even mouth watering.The ...more
Althea Wynne-Davis
Sep 05, 2015 Althea Wynne-Davis rated it it was amazing
Marlena de Blasi's memoirs are full of motley, colorful characters but perhaps none quite like the unforgettable Antonia. While this book has the hallmarks of de Blasi's style – hunger-stoking descriptions of feasts (Tuscan recipes included) and lyrical writing - most of the book is devoted to Antonia and her family's heartbreaking story.

In a much lighter note – Marlena herself through conversation with the intractable Antonia – explains the appeal of her books and why they resonate with so man
Feb 08, 2013 Gail rated it it was ok
Recommended to Gail by: Book reviews
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
Jennifer Rolfe
Jul 19, 2013 Jennifer Rolfe rated it really liked it
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
Tatiane Lima
Sep 06, 2016 Tatiane Lima rated it it was amazing
This is a true story - Marlena and Antonia's. I want that.
Aug 21, 2013 Carmen rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir-biography
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.
Oct 14, 2016 linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tuscany life

What a lovely read! The daily interactions and detail of this book completely took me away. I so enjoy her story telling and detail!
The delicious recipes are such a bonus! Life is food!! Thank you for this heartfelt delicious, sometimes heartbreaking, tail of life and love.
Sep 30, 2013 Torieqwq rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Dec 06, 2015 Helen added it
Very enjoyable. Lots of lovely sounding dishes and plenty of Italian words to learn. My favourite is festina lente. Make haste slowly
Jun 13, 2012 Sandy rated it did not like it
Gave up after about 70 pages....not my cup of Chianti.
Mar 23, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
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.
Wendy Smith
Jan 01, 2016 Wendy Smith rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautiful book. Take some family secrets, mix with memories and dose with fresh Italian herbs.
Marlena makes you smell the countryside and makes you hungry for more.
Clare Cannon
May 21, 2012 Clare Cannon marked it as probably-not
not much excitement around it
Jul 02, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it
AND yet another.................
Julie  Durnell
Oct 03, 2013 Julie Durnell rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 09, 2013 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a real story. The first part is just OK. But, while reading the seconde one I couldn't put it down.
Apr 15, 2013 Ruth rated it it was ok
Shelves: italy
Enough. Not like the others.
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