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The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian (original 2005; udgave 2006)

af Phil Doran (Forfatter)

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"Rising from the mist in the sun-blushed hills of Tuscany is El Piciola Rustico, a 300-year-old stone farmhouse that Nancy Doran dreams of lovingly restoring into an idyllic home. All her husband Phil can see is a crumbling money pit that, as far as dreams go, is more of a nightmare." "Reluctantly leaving behind high-octane, air-conditioned Los Angeles where he lives and works as a writer-producer, Phil is uprooted to a strange country intoxicated by O sole mio, virgin olive oil and oak-aged Chianti. The local village reveals itself to be a hive of seething passions, secrets and age-old blood feuds, and the newcomers find that life is not all strolls around town during the passagiaio and relaxing under the awnings of picturesque cafes." "Beset by a raft of exasperating challenges - from the cunning tricks of the Pingatore family to an infuriating Byzantine Italian bureacracy - it is only with an inspired touch of the 'Inner Italian' that Phil and Nancy finally manage to soften the hearts of their neighbours and are embraced by the community."--BOOK JACKET.… (mere)
Medlem:Romonko
Titel:The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian
Forfattere:Phil Doran (Forfatter)
Info:Avery (2006), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Recommended
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Non-Fiction, Memoir, Travel, Tuscany, Italy, Humour, Gift

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This book was given to me as a gift, so I knew that it had to be good. It is not my sort of genre at all, but this memoir reads like fiction, and it's humorous as well. Phil Doran describes the people in the tiny village of Cambione in Tuscany so brilliantly, it made me want to meet them all. And seeing it through Doran's jaded American eyes, made it all the more fun. This was a very enjoyable read that was amusing as well as informative, and the food and wine described make it even more delicious Thank you so much for the gift. It was a delight. ( )
  Romonko | Jan 24, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this book. The author is, as he relates in the story, a screenwriter and when his wife acquired the abandoned house in Italy where she hoped Phil would be able to retire, relax, and let go of the compulsive Hollywood lifestyle which was likely to cause his premature demise, he found it hard to stop hounding his agent with his latest screenplay. But gradually, with much resistance, he began to settle in. He recounts stories of his neighbours and acquaintances in a style which is light, amusing, and makes it clear but not obtrusively obvious that names have been changed (his highly temperamental neighbour, for instance, is called Vesuvia) and events fictionalised. When I turned to the back flap of the jacket and carefully read his capsule biography, I realised that this book was reminding me of the Bob Newhart Show, with Phil Doran cast as Bob. I probably saw some of the episodes he wrote.

Unlike Under the Tuscan Sun, which basically had no story arc (when I heard it was made into a movie, I said, How? Two people fix up a house, there is dust and spiders. No story!), Doran has written this with conflict, resolution, and happy ending. It's basically screen-ready, and I hope Doran's agent sells it to a movie company. It would be a pleasant comedic film. ( )
  muumi | Dec 25, 2020 |
I loved this book, as the author recounts his transition from Hollywood screen writer to resident of Tuscany in Italy. It is funny, moving, daring, subtle and funny again. I was inspired by the story of someone who dares to live his life beyond the conventional. It will keep you hooked. ( )
  MTedesco | Jul 3, 2013 |
Excellent book. Funny, touching, and slightly irreverent look at an American living in Tuscany. I was reading this book as my second non-fiction book (my secondary book as my current fiction book is always my primary book) and this book starting getting more attention than the primary one. Really good read. Made me want to move to the European countryside. ( )
  dd196406 | Sep 25, 2011 |
Phil Doran may not have been the first person to move to Tuscany and decide to write about his move, but he would probably win the vote for most reluctant. For many years, Doran's wife worked in Tuscany while Doran wrote sitcoms in Hollywood. Finally, after some dismal setbacks in tv land, Doran's wife encouraged Doran to join her in Tuscany. Doran looks at quirky Tuscany and its quirky citizens with the eye of a hurry-up, get-rich-quick, kill-or-be-killed American and grows to love its eccentricities. ( )
  debnance | Jan 29, 2010 |
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The events in this story are true. I have, however, taken the liberty of changing the names of some of the places and all of the people to ensure their privacy. If this kind of thing bothers you, I urge you to keep reading and when you are finished, please allow me one question:

Did you have a good time, honey?

P.D.

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"Rising from the mist in the sun-blushed hills of Tuscany is El Piciola Rustico, a 300-year-old stone farmhouse that Nancy Doran dreams of lovingly restoring into an idyllic home. All her husband Phil can see is a crumbling money pit that, as far as dreams go, is more of a nightmare." "Reluctantly leaving behind high-octane, air-conditioned Los Angeles where he lives and works as a writer-producer, Phil is uprooted to a strange country intoxicated by O sole mio, virgin olive oil and oak-aged Chianti. The local village reveals itself to be a hive of seething passions, secrets and age-old blood feuds, and the newcomers find that life is not all strolls around town during the passagiaio and relaxing under the awnings of picturesque cafes." "Beset by a raft of exasperating challenges - from the cunning tricks of the Pingatore family to an infuriating Byzantine Italian bureacracy - it is only with an inspired touch of the 'Inner Italian' that Phil and Nancy finally manage to soften the hearts of their neighbours and are embraced by the community."--BOOK JACKET.

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