|Plot Summary of Under the Tuscan Sun|
|"With this book in 1996, Frances Mayes did for north central Italy what Peter Mayle had done a few years before for Provence -- celebrated its beauty and cuisine for all the world to share. A poet and teacher of creative writing at San Francisco State, Mayes and her husband established a second home in Cortona, Tuscany. Mayes is a more elegant and regal writer than Mayle; her book tends to be more self-consciously beautiful and dwells on the beauty and food more than on eccentric locals and funny anecdotes (although there are some of those too). _Under the Tuscan Sun_ is a lovely book (perhaps a little too measured for the casual reader), rather than a charming one."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|"A Southern woman who lives in San Francisco buys a house in the hills of Tuscany and learns about the culture, the food and the history of this section of Italy. Along the way she reflects on her childhood, her life and her family. As she discovers food and culture and people in Italy, she discovers about herself, her past."
Sal Weir, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Under the Tuscan Sun|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Inside culture (main char)
- best friends
- visiting a culture in other country
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
If story of urban/rural...
- Small town life
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- Very much smarter than other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- No single main character?
- written like a journal/diary/letters
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
- little dialog
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