The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian

by Phil Doran | Travel |
ISBN: 1592401899 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbooklady331wing of Cape Coral, Florida USA on 3/7/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingbooklady331wing from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Friday, March 07, 2008
From Publishers Weekly
Readers of Doran's amusing memoir about relocating from Los Angeles to the tiny Tuscan town of Cambione must first suspend their disbelief that a person in his right mind would actively resist such an opportunity. But resist Doran does—and when his sculptor wife buys a ramshackle, 300-year-old house there on a whim, she must drag him kicking and screaming out of his high-stress, low-reward life as a Hollywood writer and producer (among his hits: Who's the Boss? and The Wonder Years). What follows is rather predictable: the house turns out to be in even worse shape than anyone imagined, and the construction crew has no "discernable pattern" when it comes to showing up for work. Lines like "Things happen in Italy that don't happen anywhere else on earth. A magical friendliness is spread all over the place like pixie dust" don't do much to distinguish Doran's story from other books of its ilk, but the author's grudging optimism and dead-on ear for dialogue certainly do. Doran's brutally funny accounts of tangles with everyone (including the mayor, the police, an inefficient landlord and Doran's long-suffering wife) are enough to keep readers hooked until the last page. It may not be a surprise that he lives happily ever after, but how he gets there is certainly worth the ride.


Personal Note: I did not find the book funny, nor exciting.


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Journal Entry 3 by wingcollectorkerriwing from Springfield, Illinois USA on Monday, January 04, 2010
Received today. Thanks for the RABCK, booklady331!

Journal Entry 4 by wingcollectorkerriwing at Springfield, Illinois USA on Monday, July 25, 2011
Unlike booklady331, I did find this book funny. However, as the review states, it is a rather predictable entry in the "bought a tumbledown house in Italy/France/Spain" genre. That being said, it was perfectly enjoyable for a summer read. The book is going onto my available shelf for now.

Journal Entry 5 by wingcollectorkerriwing at Springfield, Illinois USA on Monday, January 30, 2012
The book is on its way to rhythmbiscuit as part of my First Sentences Virtual Bookbox. The first sentence is "I had a machete in my hand and was thinking about using it on Henry David Thoreau."

Journal Entry 6 by rhythmbiscuit at Pueblo, Colorado USA on Friday, February 03, 2012
Thanks, collectorkerri! I was pleasantly surprised to discover what this First Sentence VBB book turned out to be.

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