A Tuscan Childhood

A Tuscan Childhood[BOOKS] ⚦ A Tuscan Childhood By Kinta Beevor – Oaklandjobs.co.uk WonderfulI fell immediately into her world and was sorry when I reached the end Frances Mayes author of Under the Tuscan SunThe sparkling memoir of an idyllic bohemian childhood in an enchanted Tuscan WonderfulI fell immediately into her world and was sorry when I reached the end Frances Mayes author of Under the Tuscan SunThe sparkling memoir of an idyllic bohemian childhood in an enchanted Tuscan castle between the warsWhen Kinta Beevor was five her father the painter Aubrey Waterfield bought the sixteenth century Fortezza della Brunella in the Tuscan village of Aulla There her parents were part of a vibrant artistic community that included Aldous Huxley Bernard Berenson and D H Lawrence Meanwhile Kinta and her brother explored the glorious countryside participated in the A Tuscan eBook é region's many seasonal rites and rituals and came to know and love the charming resilient Italian people With the coming of World War II the family had to leave Aulla; years later though Kinta would return to witness the courage and skill of the Tuscan people as they rebuilt their lives Lyrical and witty A Tuscan Childhood is alive with the timeless splendour of Italy. I've never read a memoir that made me wish so strongly that it was my life written about In so many ways Kinta had the most beautiful childhood imaginable she and her brother spent their summers barefoot and free within an entire fortresscastle with a roof garden viewing the Carrara mountains can you imagine and the incredible Italian countryside The smell of pine needles harvesting olives making wine all the fresh local food and a chef to cook it and customs I am head over heels for the Tuscany she writes of And the culture where everyone grows their own food and shares in the harvest from landowner to peasant all working together in the vineyard and among the olive trees The Italian people shown at their best generous friendly full of the joy of life And then comes WW2 and they have to leave Its a different story after that Who survives and who doesn't The damage done everyone scattered the world changed Kinta goes back with her children to see it all It's terrible but the sense of history and the insight into how the war affected the Tuscan region was very well doneThere is so much I could say but I know I can't do justice to this book it's an experience I want to go to Tuscany immediately and see all the places Kinta talks about I hope there are still some pockets of the countryside where life goes on in small part the way it did in this bookHighly recommended Beevor had an ideal childhood growing up with often absent parents but side by side with a beloved brother They were free to roam the grounds of the vast fortress her British father had inherited Her father a painter who never displayed his work but was considered uite good and her mother a journalist amused the caretakers townspeople and chefs with their English ways In fact Beevor includes about the locals than the visits from D H Lawrence Bernard Berenson Kenneth Clark and other famous British figures who visited freuently Written near the end of her life but with a strong memory for detail she often points out the contrasts between the British and Italians Her observations of a people and way of life that has mostly disappeared is observed They were so good looking these mountain people; they had the dignity of aristocracy yet none of the vices I would have liked to have seen a glossary for the abundance of Italian words mentioned but I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely memoir Beevor had a privileged upbringing in some ways she grew up in a castle; Bernard Berenson was a family friend However this is not a book by a sheltered or snobby mind Beevor is curious and open to everyone and everything in her surroundings and the conditions are idyllic but far from pampering She is wonderful company Tuscany through her eyes is vibrant and memorable A delightful memoir of Beevor's childhood between the World Wars running through olive groves and vineyards around the castle her parents bought in Tuscany The richness of the telling and the flow of the book is compelling Written just before her death in 1995 Beevor lavishes us with descriptions of food and the people who harvest sell and cook it Her father an artist and her mother a preoccupied journalist Beevor had an unrestrained childhood hiding in huge empty olive jars and helping cut long fragrant clusters of grapes for pressing The locals are warm welcoming and helpful but yet still retain their personalities As she grows marries and moves back to England we suffer with her as Tuscany is caught in a tug of war between two unwanted leaders Mussolini and Hitler then ravaged by Allies Yet the people pick up and step forward in their lives and in no way does Beevor make this a maudlin story nor a flippant self portrait The feast descriptions alone are worth reading but the entire book is savory I know many people who would prefer to live in Paris during the 20s but I would take Italy almost anytime Kinta Waterfield Beevor was fortunately born into an artistic family It was always said of my parents that they had all the luxuries of life but none of the necessities 12 in possession of a fortress or castello in northwestern Tuscany Kinta's mother later manages her aunt's Poggio Gherardo a villa in the hills outside of Florence and a place associated with the setting of The Decameron of Bocaccio My kind of family Beevor describes her associations with these two places from 1916 until her old age I found her description of how Tuscany suffered during the two World Wars especially informative It made me think of Iris Origo's War in the Val dOrcia and there is Iris in the book her parents were friends of the Waterfields My favorite chapter is War Clouds and Wine Making Beevor also describes the decline after World War II of the system of mezzadri or tenant farming as people in the countryside contadini want to move to Italy's cities to become cittadini or city dwellers the advent of tractors electricity and industrialization caused it The agricultural system had been in place since at least the 13th century This book may not be to everyone's liking but I liked itThe gathered olives hand picked and windfalls were transferred to separate containers on the ox carts These carts had such heavy wheels and thick axles that they could bear almost any weight including large blocks of marble The beautiful white Val di Chiana oxen with their long curving horns and large liuid dark eyes had been paired in teams since calf hood These huge slow gentle beasts Aunt Janet claimed to have seen a pair at Prato than twenty hands high were extremely valuable They were also just about the only animal in Italy treated with real affection Some people used to say that the contadini regarded them as almost human because their pregnancies last nine months Certainly they used to compare oxen to their own womenfolk A favourite Tuscan proverb strongly advised against seeking a wife or an ox from afar 'Donne e buoi de' paesi tuoi' 'Women and oxen from your own neighbourhood' Whatever the truth one of the most touching sights in the Tuscan landscape was that of a peasant boy less than half their height guiding his family's pair of oxen home before dusk 123 This also makes me think of the ox drawn cart that at the end of the parade that precedes the Palio in Siena circles the Campo and holds the palio itself the silken painted flag that rewards the winner of the race A passage reads Tuscans do not romanticize what has gone before nor do they feel a need to close shutters upon it The past is part of them and they are part of it For that reason even though it was just an ok read for me I still would recommend this book to anyone interested in Tuscan culture Beevor does give a good historical account of Tuscany in the early to mid 20th century from an in depth perspective by writing about her childhood and adolescent years This book is well written and even cozy but since the book is mainly about the food people and landscape of Tuscany I think I would rather see it than read about it I did appreciate the chapters about the partisan movement during the Second World War because I felt like I was learning something from Beevor I was moved by the author's total love for the region people recommended this book to me because of my love for the region But I personally prefer the perspectives on this time period that were given to us by Italian film makers such as Fellini and Zeffirelli I am always reading about Italy and am rarely disappointed but this book was particularly good the story of a privileged childhood in beautiful Tuscany amid many of the great minds of the 20th century Aldous Huxley Bernard Berensen etc The Tuscany and the Italian people came alive as did that time just before WWII changed everything I really loved this beautiful memoir of a childhood in a castle in ItalyI loved the family the friends the land the home the foodeverything about it was special Though the war brought deprivations it only made me feel even how heroic and good the people were who lived through it and the 'coming home' after the war was very touching This book is just about everything I want a memoir to be full of good people that I come to love full of lovely descriptions of a place that I can 'see' in my mind and full of great stories of the times there that I can just sink into and enjoy This was a truly satisfying read that took me to a lovely place and time I read this book based on a recommendation from an author who writes similar stories about Italian life I think the only reason I continued to read an finish this book was that it reminded me of stories my own Italian family has shared and also that I have travelled to many of the places the author wrote about However I found the writing to be a bit disjointed I think author Adriana Trigani provides a much detailed and beautifully written commentary on Italian life A Tuscan Childhood is a beautiful memoir of an English girl's early life in the Lunigiana region of Tuscany It's a miracle that this exuisite book exists Kinta Beevor published it at the age of 93 and died two years later For me it's especially resonant because my mother came from the Lunigiana

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • A Tuscan Childhood
  • Kinta Beevor
  • English
  • 06 April 2015
  • 9780375704260