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Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
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Jul 05, 11

bookshelves: travel, autobiography-biography-memoir, i-own-read, read-in-2011
Read from May 02 to July 05, 2011

The reason I gave this so few stars is because I'm still trying to figure out exactly WHY she wrote this book. It just seemed really disjointed and pointless to me. If she had wanted to record her time spent fixing up their house in Tuscany, she should have focused on that. If she wanted to share cooking tips, she should have written a cookbook. If she wanted to focus on the beauty of Tuscany (and it truly does seem beautiful) she could have done that too, but the entire book never really seemed connected. I never felt invested in any story. I didn't feel like I knew either her or her husband? boyfriend?, Ed, the other main character, at all. All I knew is that they enjoyed living in Tuscany during the summers and working on their house and eating. Big deal. The only reason I gave this two stars was because the descriptions of meal often made me hungry (yum!) and while I had little idea of what she was talking about most of the time, I like reading about home restoration (mostly because my home needs so much work that it inspires me, haha). Plus, the description of light in Tuscany was really beautiful. Hopefully, if I read another of her books, there is an actual story there though, or she splits in into little essays.

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