A Year in the World

A Year in the World

Journeys of A Passionate Traveller

Large Print - 2006
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The author who unforgettably captured the experience of starting a new life in Tuscany in bestselling travel memoirs expands her horizons to immerse herself--and her readers--in the sights, aromas, and treasures of twelve new special places.

A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes--a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs.

With her beloved Tuscany as a home base, Mayes travels to Spain, Portugal, France, the British Isles, and to the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, the South of Italy, and North Africa. In Andalucía, she relishes the intersection of cultures. She cooks in Portugal, gathers ideas in the gardens of England and Scotland, takes a literary pilgrimage to Burgundy, discovers an ideal place to live in Mantova, and explores the essential Moroccan city of Fez. She rents houses among ordinary residents, shops at neighborhood markets, wanders the back streets, and everywhere contemplates the concept of home. While in Greece, she follows the classic Homeric voyage across the Aegean, lives in a bougainvillea-draped stone house in Crete, and then drives deep into the Mani. In Turkey with friends, she sails the ancient coast, hiking to archaeological sites and snorkeling over sunken Byzantine towns. Weaving together personal perceptions and informed commentary on art, architecture, history, landscape, and social and culinary traditions of each area, Mayes brings the immediacy of life in her temporary homes to the reader. An illuminating and passionate book that will be savored by all who loved Under the Tuscan Sun, A Year in the World is travel writing at its peak.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2006.
Edition: 1st large print ed. --
ISBN: 9780739325926
0739325922
Branch Call Number: LP 914.04561092 Mayes
Characteristics: xxiv, 702 p.

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matcat44
Jun 23, 2017

Loved Under the Tuscan Sun, but found this book to be so self indulgent. I felt I was getting a lesson on just about everything that Frances Mayes excels in. Pity!

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ryel
Jun 11, 2017

Love Francis Mayes' writing although I think it is a very American perspective. One of the few writers where I've had to put the book down to stop and in the case of her memoir, have a good laugh when she sprayed her southern sheriff type father (very much like mine) with the garden hose. I'd never have had the nerve. this book makes me want to visit Turkey.

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pheasant44
Nov 06, 2012

Ms Mays is both observer and participant on this journey. I love traveling with her.

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lsmarkova
Aug 24, 2012

Nice series of travels - she excels at descriptions, but sometimes gets overly wordy, and her prose gets hard to read.

Also, her own agenda tends to get in the way a bit (i.e. Colette), which gets between the reader and the place.

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