A Year in the World

A Year in the World

Journeys of A Passionate Traveller

eBook - 2006
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The author who captured the experience of starting a new life in Tuscany expands her horizons to immerse herself--and her readers--in the sights, aromas, and treasures of twelve new special places. This book is 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. She rents houses among ordinary residents, shops at neighborhood markets, wanders the back streets, and everywhere contemplates the concept of home. 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767923972
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xx, 420 p.) :,map.


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May 28, 2019

Very disappointed in this book. I didn't like Mayes' writing style and at times she seems to show off trying to impress the reader with the fancy words she has in her writer's toolbox. And the more I read this book, the more I disliked the author herself. I found her to be quite a privileged woman who leads a charmed life. She travels alright but I question whether she really truly experienced the heart and soul of the places she visited in this book. For instance, in Scotland she eats risotto and describes Highland dancers as wearing folk costumes. Ugh. This book is really about the travels of people with money. Mayes and her friends primarily rent houses abroad where they have fancy dinner parties and read Shakespeare to each other in the evenings, instead of going to local music and theatrical events. She mostly rents cars, instead of taking public transportation, thereby traveling in a bubble. Taking trains and buses really immerse travelers more in the country. Her over the top culinary adventures began to irk me. It also really annoyed me when she and her friends go overboard on a shopping spree in Turkey. Travel to me is more than shopping. And, she is downright cruel in her descriptions of overweight travelers wearing too small clothing. Mayes' travel experiences are mostly superficial. There were rare moments when I enjoyed what I was reading. I walk away from this book of the opinion that Mayes is a very overrated author. Although I give her credit for doing her homework of the local history, she is just not my kind of travel writer. There is no depth to her travel experiences. With a few exceptions, she skims the surface of the majority of places she visits. It's a puzzlement to me that she's a successful travel writer.

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!

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.

Nov 06, 2012

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

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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