Burnt by the Tuscan Sun - True Stories of Life in Italy

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Lisa R. Tucci Editor. Gianni Falcone Illustrator. American blogger and longtime Italy resident, Francesca Maggi, takes off her rose-colored glasses and takes on Italy's world-renowned Quality of Life. Starting with her X Commandments of Life in Italy , she tackles Italian bureaucracy, drivers, superstitions, traditions, La Mamma and more. Readers will get a hilarious insider's guide from an outsider's perspective, taking u American blogger and longtime Italy resident, Francesca Maggi, takes off her rose-colored glasses and takes on Italy's world-renowned Quality of Life.

Readers will get a hilarious insider's guide from an outsider's perspective, taking us through the trials and tribulations of life in Bell'Italia. Illustrator Gianni Falcone Gianfalco has been wielding his satirical pen for over a decade to depict Italian politics and its repercussions on society at large. Publishing his cast of character on his DiarioAcido AcidDiary website, his cartoons have been printed in magazines and websites across the globe. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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A total waste of time. Sometimes it is even offensive to both Italians and visitors to their beautiful country. I found this slender and often repetitive book to be an American's complaint about all things Italian. In the epilogue the author did say nice about the Italians, perhaps at the suggestion of her publisher, but her sudden conversion seemed insincere. Book is a light hearted romp in Italy.

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. Not as good a read as I thought. Having lived in Italia for 8 years, I was not all together over the moon on this particular book. True Stories of Life is amusing while pointing out the other side of a trip to Italy. Most novels highlight the beauty of the country and the graciousness of the Italian people. But there are customs and formalities that must be learned in order to make the trip pleasant and worthwhile. This is the purpose of the book, and while these things are funny, they must be pointed out to show that "all that glitters is not gold".

One person found this helpful. Francesca describes Italy as it is, and while she makes fun of its foibles, you can tell that she still loves the country and it's people. There's a lot of laughs here. A great read. Can't stop laughing , i too have Lived in italy for 20 plus years , can tell you every word is true! No exaggerations! Italy is a crazy wonderful nutty glorious frustrating country and Francesca Maggi has masterfully put her finger on every crazy idiocincracy with great insight, wit and sensibility, I have been giggling into the wee hours!

See all 17 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Ian R McEwan. Dreaming of Florence: The feel-good read of summer! Kindle Edition. Under the Tuscan Sun. Frances Mayes. Recently divorced San Francisco professor meets other profs and they move to Tuscany for the many school vacations.

Find and restore dream house. Olives, grapes, stone walls, Roman road to town for coffee by foot. Pretty cool, inspirational. In Tuscany. Less on words, more on pictures. Both were pretty. Kind of like anything, depends where and how you are looking. True stories of life on the road. Frances Mayes, Tim Parks, etc. Snippets of this and that British or American authors in different parts of Italy.

Bella Tuscany. I liked it as much as her classic Under the Tuscan Sun. Its not deep and you sense her using a guide book when she starts talking about towns she claims to have visited on trips. She mentions one castle town but what she wrote about it could have been written by someone who has never been there long enough to have coffee.

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Very nice overall. You can do that when you are the author, you know? If she was a doofus in a story she is telling she says so anyway. A year in Provence. Peter Mayle. OK, its not Italy, its British ad guy escaping to sunny France. Its where Frances Mayes got her plot. Change France to Italy, Brit to American, take out the humor and add food and you see where they are cousins but Pete was first.

And funny. His home building trials are the funnybest. The Chateau. Americans in France for four month postwar honeymoon. All that feeling of elation and dislocation of being abroad and knocked over by everything. You are fluent and everyone is your new best friend.

Great characters. It was France but I felt like I had had days like this in Italy. Stones of Florence. Mary McCarthy.

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Robert Kaplan in his classic Balkan Ghosts recommended this book as the ultimate in what was then a new wave of tour books. A book that he hoped to emulate. She was edgy, as in uncomplimentary to her subject now and it made me so put out with her I left the book in Monte Stigliano on purpose, but found myself quoting her later and wish I had it back for reference. The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. David Kertzer. David is a former Bowdoin prof that we knew from the Tavola Italiana the college holds once a week.

He had been on sabbatical in Bologna and that is where this story came to his attention. Very cool piece of research and storytelling. A Jewish baby was reportedly baptized by its Christian nurse, which led to the boy being taken from the family and raised by the church. This had been going on for centuries but this time the court of world opinion came down hard on the pope and he dug in and lost.

Kept the boy, who in fact became a priest, but the pope, as a landowner ended up giving up half of Italy and being confined to the Vatican in the process. The pope was fairly annoyed that the Jews caused him this problem and some sight this episode as part of the attitude that led to the disasters of WW2. Story takes place in the same time period as Child Life in Italy. Also see La Popessa. La Popessa. Paul I. He was a snooty Roman aristocrat and she was his peasant Bavarian housekeeper and conscience when he would let her. His sins of omission were many.

He also loved all things Germanic. The language, the people including Hitler personally. The classic wrong person in the wrong job at exactly the wrong time. Pascalina had her hands full. WW2 Historical. Italy, the fatal gift. Adventures of a young single American in Rome post war. Living, working and studying in Italy. Neighbor and Larner. A how-to book by two people who had done it the hard way: without a clue. Ideas, hints, references abound. The English Patient. Michael Ondaatje. Mysterious war victim in an abandoned wartime villa in Tuscany mulling over his life, in an out of body sort of way, observing characters around him.

Read the book, rent the movie. More WW2. Dad was British earl, Mom was old New York money. She married an Italian Marchesse. Together they spent their lives trying to help people. They moved to an area of Italy now very desirable near Montepulciano. At that time, the people there needed new farming skills to just eke out a living. They stayed during the war and took in British prisoners, and kids from bombed out northern cities.

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Book is very matter of fact and of the moment. It puts you there. Merchant of Prato. Iris Origo. Scholarly book written from awesome reference materials The merchant wrote and wrote and kept and kept everything he ever wrote and made his underlings in Spain, France and around Italy do the same. He built a fine house he was proud of but had no children so he gave the house to the city and amazingly it is still there. And even more amazingly, so were all his papers, which were discovered years ago.

Secret Book of Grazie dei Rossi. Jacqueline Park. About being Jewish in Italy during those times. Somewhat Forrest Gumpish-ish in its effort to make all of Jewish history in Italy happen to one family, but it hung together and seemed really researched to death. Novel but historical. Tim Parks. A classic. British expat with Italian wife. He is there to stay but in bemused culture shock. An Italian Education. Same loveable but laconic Brit. Loves and is completely confused by Italy. Probably thinks about it too bloody much instead of just taking it for what it is.

Italians, even his wife and kids are strange and foreign to him. If I could write, would I strike a happier tone or would it come out of me as laconic irony too? Immortal Village. Donald Culross Peattie. But talks to the timelessness of the european village riding out the waves of time.

Bought this old copy for its illustrations.

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A Valley in Italy. Lisa St AubinDeteran. Free spirited British woman buys an old but strangely unfinished castle in Italy. Must be near Umbertide. It has been written up in the House and Garden magazines. She must be a force of nature and or handy with a checkbook. Her castle had no roof, no windows, incomplete sets of stairs.

And she has a useless, self- centered artist twit husband around her neck. For months they have no car at all until he brings out his silver sports car for a family of 5.

They fight for years to get items out of England and through customs in Italy only to finally have them delivered to a house still without windows. Items like 17 pianos. Nice to know there are some real crazies left in the world. Love to check them out in person. Hill Towns. Anne Rivers Siddons.

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A soap. A beach book. But a beach book with an Italian setting makes it all sort of worth while. In a People magazine kind of way. Within Tuscany. Matthew Spender. British sculptor living his whole adult life in Tuscany. Kind of lost hippie, reflecting on life. Lot of lovesick crush on Victoria, which must have bugged his wife, not named Victoria. Dava Sobel. Author of most excellent Longitude An uphill battle with the church by someone who loves the butt headed, power crazed church. The more he tried to play by their rules the worse it got for him. He was born as Michelangelo died.

Who knows what he could have done in a more friendly environment. Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece. John Addington Symonds. Master of Italian detail. History, art, gossip. He revels in them all.