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A Valley in Italy Lisa St. Aubin de Terán A Valley in Italy Of all the romantic obsessions in novelist Lisa St Aubin de Teran s life the search for a castle occupied her the longest until she saw the magnificent Villa Orsola deep in the Umbrian hills Only aft

  • Title: A Valley in Italy
  • Author: Lisa St. Aubin de Terán
  • ISBN: 9780060926199
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Valley in Italy Lisa St. Aubin de Terán Of all the romantic obsessions in novelist Lisa St Aubin de Teran s life, the search for a castle occupied her the longest until she saw the magnificent Villa Orsola deep in the Umbrian hills Only after eagerly signing the ownership papers did she and her husband, painter Robbie Duff Scott, discover they were the owners of a vast ruin lacking windowpanes, parts of the roOf all the romantic obsessions in novelist Lisa St Aubin de Teran s life, the search for a castle occupied her the longest until she saw the magnificent Villa Orsola deep in the Umbrian hills Only after eagerly signing the ownership papers did she and her husband, painter Robbie Duff Scott, discover they were the owners of a vast ruin lacking windowpanes, parts of the roof, and other essentials A Valley in Italy recounts its restoration in the grand style of impossible house and the charms of bohemian family life It also offers a rare portrait of the life of a Italian village, where all things are made to be as enjoyable as possible Lisa St Aubin de Teran s intuitive sense of place, her affection for the people around her, and her appreciation for native Italian grace make this a memorable book that can stand beside the best accounts of Italian life.
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    1. This had been sitting on one of my shelves for years and I finally got around to reading it An ok telling of a privileged expatriate family living in Italy, but pretentiously told Who refers to her daughter as the child Iseult and her young nannies as the Beauties

    2. What a charming companion to have while trying to get work done on a collapsing castle I loved her voice and her dry humor I ve lent my copy to so many, I finally lost possession of it A wonderful, sunny story about a crazy desire to rehabilitate an estate in Italy.

    3. This is probably the most pretentious, irritating book I have ever encountered The author s style is coy and over the top, and her portrayal of Italians is condescending and patronizing It was hard to believe anything but the bare bones of this story.

    4. Of all the romantic obsessions in novelist Lisa St Aubin de Teran s life, the search for a castle occupied her the longest until she saw the magnificent Villa Orsola deep in the Umbrian hills Only after eagerly signing the ownership papers did she and her husband,l painter Robbie Duff Scott, discover that they were the owners of a vast ruin lacking windowpanes, parts of the roof, and other essentials A Valley in Italy recounts the restoration in the grand style of an impossible house and the cha [...]

    5. I am a huge fan of Italian culture I found this book in our bookshelf, where it was most likely left after our recent family trip to Italy The entirety of my reading experience was spent rolling my eyes at the author, her style, and her family I found it incredibly irritating how the author constantly referred to her daughter as the child Isuelt and the live in nannies as the Beauties I am a stickler for wording, and that drove me nuts The town itself and its inhabitants were endearing they remi [...]

    6. Ok, so everyone knows my penchant for reading books about people who fix up houses I am obsessed, and well, when it s a house in Italy, hold me back, people This book is about a British family living in Venice who move to Umbria and buy a huge wreck of a villa They emply townspeople to fix it up and slowly work their way into the fabric of the village of Orsola It s amazing to me what people will put up with to live in a place they love and I m so inspired by stories like this one I also wonder [...]

    7. Throughly enjoyed this story The author describes a life that is interesting, entertaining and just a bit frustrating Her family is living in Venice They decide to buy a summer home to escape the crowds So they buy an old palazzo in Umbria And what a renovation project it is I loved reading about the people in the village They were such characters I especially fell in love with the man who took the family under his wing and made sure that they were safe and that they fitted into the community.

    8. It was recommended by snailbones It s set in Umbria, part of the old papal states It s a completely different take on the remodeling stories The scenes of village life seemed very authentic The author had a different approach to remodeling too she stayed through the whole thing so readers got details about the actual hardships I enjoyed it

    9. non fiction, I give this 3.5 stars worth the read and quite entertaining in parts Loved the description of the local life and location, the crumbling ruin being brought back to life Actually googled the Palazzo which the family transformed into an operating BB.A good read for arm chair travelers or those who have been to Italy or dream of going to Italy.

    10. Eccentric, artistic and with money than sense Lisa St Aubin and her family are true bohemians I wouldn t want to live with these people but it was lovely to visit with them as they traipsed all over Italy searching for their dream home, and to watch as they made it a reality, and became part of the local scene in a remote Umbrian village.

    11. Sort of, mostly believable slightly cringey at times does she really let her teenage daughter get away with all that But there were definitely humorous aspects to the story and a glimpse into rural Italian life Good for an easy holiday read, I think.

    12. A fascinating look at how some families operate I enjoyed reading about the nonchalant way they embarked upon this home but I found the views of the local Italians rather patronizing A good airplane book though.

    13. Much better than the 1st book I read by this writer Situated in the country side of Italy.Although I live in a totally different area of Italy, very recognizable and sometimes pleasant to read.

    14. Memoir of restoring a very old, decrepit villa in Umbria Nice descriptions of the village and surrounding countryside But what an ordeal they went through I don t think I could have done it.

    15. This was mostly interesting because we are planning a trip to a nearby valley in Italy Interesting author, I may pick up one of her novels.

    16. Easy, light fare, but enjoyable descriptions of country living in Umbria, humorous portraits of village life and sensitive cultural observations.

    17. I really didn t like it The style, the boasting, the over the top tales, the superiority it radiated I couldn t believe the story, the situations

    18. i found the author and her family to be irritating and endearing at the same time not a huge fan of her writing style but it is still an enjoyable read that leaves you scratching your head.

    19. THE most ubsurd book of it s kind I laughed hard from both amusement and complete shock at how this family functions Fun, fun, exasperating fun.

    20. Fun and well written The description of the first night in the villa, with scents from the mountains coming in the open windows was especially memorable.

    21. 220 p The life and culture of an Italian village The family buys an old villa and fixing it up draws in the town folks.

    22. In another memoir, Memory Maps, Lisa St Aubin de Teran says that on her father s side I am a mixture of Portuguese, Dutch, Carib Indian, African, Brazilian, Venezuelan, Scottish, West Indian and German, while on my mother s side, I am a mixture of Jersey, English, Irish and French This mix has always fascinated me and made me feel somewhat cheated with my own boring bloodline.It has at least got to give you something to write about.This book sees her following in the well furrowed genre of I we [...]

    23. Although on occasion her description of renovations, festas, and nanny daughter forays were interesting, overall I felt that the book lacked a basic plot Within one chapter multiple topics would be discussed sometimes finished, sometimes notmetimes brought back in later chapters with no thread to prior ones I found it to be quite flat.

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