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My House in Umbria by William Trevor
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Added 11/19/11.
I did not read this book but watched the movie adaptation instead via a Netflix DVD:
"My House in Umbria" (TV 2003)
http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/My_...
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0323332/

There's a wonderful film review (by David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle) at:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...
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"Very little seems lost in this lovely adaptation of William Trevor's 1991 short novel, premiering Sunday on HBO, thanks in no small way to a magnificent and uncharacteristically restrained performance by Maggie Smith as Emily Delahunty, an aging romance novelist..."
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At times I felt that the movie edged a bit on being a bit "sappy". The background music was a bit too sweet. However the story was interesting and Maggie Smith played her role so beautifully that she kept my interest throughout.

A review I found at IMDb said "Maggie Smith has the kind of mesmerizing voice and marvelous diction that would enable her to entertain film audiences by reading the proverbial telephone book." This is so true!

The scenes of various locales in Italy and of the Italian countryside were beautiful. The flavor of Italy came through. This added so much to the film. I felt as if I had visited that country in my mind's eye.
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