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The Wisdom of Tuscany: Simplicity, Security & the Good Life - Making the Tuscan Lifestyle Your Own

(The Tuscan Trilogy #3)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  16 reviews

Ferenc M�t� has lived in Tuscany for twenty years. Through personal experience and anecdotal history he explores the sources of this idyllic existence, which provides continuous economic stability, physical and emotional security, and a fortifying sense of belonging. From their organic gardens to their mouthwatering cuisine, from high-quality, craftsmen-made products and f
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Albatross
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Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: travel-writing
While it's a fun, easy read, Mate is way too general in his writing focusing only on the positive aspects of Tuscan life. I suppose one needs to read this book with a grain of salt and in the right mood for this type of book: you need to be in the mood to daydream about life in Tuscany vs actually thinking about moving there. Normally I'd give this 3 stars because I'm all for daydreaming about the good life in another place, but I found Mate's writing to be too random and scattered. This book co ...more
Laura Engle
Oct 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ah, the good life. Charming because of the insights and the way it is written, not only because of the subject matter.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
I picked this book because I loved Mate's previous "A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover's Dream" and "The Hills of Tuscany", both of which I loved.
But this was such a struggle. I don't even remember when I started reading it and am giving it two stars - one for chapter 19, which pretty much sums up what the author I guess is trying to say whole time (Tuscany is wonderful, has wonderful people and traditions compared to North Americans, and if you don't think the same don't even bother reading f
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book made me want to be in Tuscany right this very second. I am so excited about being there next year, and I loved the simplistic "good life" described in these pages. Ahhhhh. So much of what is wrong with society is found by the opposite goodness in these pages. Nostalgic type of writing, but he writes of things currently in place and I long for it. vengo per te.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
I wanted to love this book (who wouldn't?). I love Tuscany as much as anyone, and I guess I was hoping for this book to transport me there, but it was mostly yet another writer mourning the death of the "good old days." It's not that I disagree with his values. I like simplicity and focusing on family, too. But I get tired of the romanticization of the past.
David Gardner
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
A good book. Rambles slightly and sometimes a little cliche. Also some gross generalisations. But it gets the message across and provides an insight into the Tuscan way of life and its value
Mary Beth
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Did not realize that this book was part of a trilogy. Bought it at a library book sale. Discusses many different aspects of life in Tuscany. Imagery is great. Will read others in the set.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book. I've read it twice now and may make it my "first of the new year" book in the future as well. It's a great reminder of what's important in life and that most possessions are not worth the time and money we spend on them. It's helped keep me grounded when the American consumerist society tries to take over, but it's not an in-your-face get-rid-of-your-crap type book. The author does a great job of showing you how fantastic life can be when lived simply and seduces you to try out th ...more
Nov 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Right after reading The Hills of Tuscany I immediately read this book... it was a bit more analytical & thoughtful inquiry to what they found. Very different from the initial shock of moving there, but after living there 20 years how they compare it and have learned. Several interesting elements, but left me wishing he wrote from more of a personal perspective & included his wife's viewpoint & experience. ...more
Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Mate does it again! His enthusiasm for Tuscany is always inspiring, even if his comparison of Tuscan values to those of 21st century North America is perhaps a bit simplistic (and perhaps a bit optimistic on the Tuscan side.) Nonetheless, this good life is something worth aspiring to, although one would prefer to do so in Tuscany or thereabouts, aided by good food, abundant wine and olive oil .
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Really disappointing after how much I enjoyed his other Tuscany books which explored his life in Tuscany, first the move there, and then busing the wine farm.
While I can agree with many of the views in this book, I felt as if I was sitting through a lecture about how shallow my life was. Not all of us are in a position to uproot everything and move to the country!
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Entertaining with great recipes at the end. I nice addition to his other books.
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
A wonderful read. The book is written with a rhythm and texture that is simply mesmerizing. Reminded me to make the most of every single day. Life is joy.
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Ferenc describes tuscany as promised land on europe land. Wish taste that good life as he put on words. Humble and warm with hint of instruction how to live the simple life.
Jeri Maxwell
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you are ever feeling like you need to escape the daily rat race read this book! It will make you want to pack your bags and move to Tuscany!
Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Not nearly as good as A Vineyard in Tuscany, perhaps because I ongoing for a simpler time and found this book frustrating...
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Ferenc Máté has made a career of out documenting his own quests—whether it’s restoring a Tuscan ruin, building a vineyard from scratch, or sailing the seven seas.

Born in Transylvania, he escaped at age eleven when the Hungarian revolution was crushed by Soviet tanks. He grew up in Vancouver and has lived in California, Paris, Rome, the Bahamas and New York. He has worked on a railroad extra-gang

Other books in the series

The Tuscan Trilogy (4 books)
  • The Hills of Tuscany
  • A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover's Dream
  • The Tuscan Trilogy: The Hills of Tuscany / A Vineyard in Tuscany / The Wisdom of Tuscany

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