The Hills of Tuscany

The Hills of Tuscany

A New Life in An Old Land

Book - 1998
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The Máté's arrived in Tuscany in the late 1980s knowing no Italian and with only four weeks to search for the country house of their dreams. On their last night there, after having been chased by wild boars and befriended by a country realtor who also sells pigs and coffins, they finally concluded the deal on the hood of a rusting tractor with the lawyer speaking Italian and them responding in French, English, and Hungarian, in a Tower of Babel version of "Who's on First?" So begins Ferenc Máté's endearing, in-love-with-life memoir of their first five years in Tuscany, by turns buoyant, reflective, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. His engaging, often poetic prose describes the way of life they were looking for and found-where neighbors, community, home, and, most of all, children, form the focal point of daily life. They live in a small thirteenth-century monastery, surrounded by their vineyards and olive groves, in the spectacular hills near Siena, a few miles from where The English Patient was filmed. The Hills of Tuscany--steeped in mesmerizing scenery and wonderful medieval towns, full of unforgettably delightful characters and spectacular food and wine-nourishes body, mind, and soul. If you're not passionately in love with life at the moment, you'll be hopelessly so by the time you turn the last page.
Publisher: New York : Albatross, c1998
ISBN: 9780920256381
Branch Call Number: 914.55 MAT 1998
Characteristics: 248 p. : ill


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WVMLStaffPicks Nov 20, 2014

Mate writes with sensuous imagery, love and appreciation of the joys of finding his dream house, feasting with neighbours and discovering himself a native in this foreign land. If you love life, a must read.

Apr 22, 2011

This was the first travel lit book I read, and I've been hooked ever since. It's a funny, touching, beautiful story of relocating to rural Italy, hunting for the perfect house, restoring it, and getting to know the neighbors. Hilarious anecdotes about home repairs, helping out with haying and harvesting grapes, getting to know the surrounding area, and of course, some great "lost in translation" bits that happen to anyone learning another language.

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