I unfortunately was as intrigued as Marlena De Blasi as I found the story read like a fairytale and found myself having to suspend belief to get through much of this memoir.
Not only her life but also Leo's and Cosimo's and Mafalda's. You are missing something if you don't take the time to read of their lives, but you have to like the writing style. You learn about the Sicilian people. And you learn about the Mafia - their values, a bit of how they think and how the Sicilian people live along-side them. However if you read the spoiler by mistake, you will be so confused that you need to read every word of the story so you understand how such could happen. I grew to love Tosca and Leo and Mafalda. It is a story about one Sicilian woman and the people with whom she made her life. Actually it isn't the things that happened to her but rather the coices she made throughout her life that I find so gripping. But then you will also miss the story of what has happened in these people's lives. I thought I would quote a bit so you understand HOW the author writes. "I knew that someday I would be loved by a man like Brasini. Or was it that I knew that I couldn't love a man if he wasn't like Brasini? Just like my father couldn't be kind. And no matter what the woman did or said or looked like or was, she couldn't make him take her face in his hands and kiss her like in the films. But what I am trying to say is that once I'd understood the Brasini theory, I slipped myself off the hook about my father not wanting me....." "I think it is improbable that a child of eight - even a Tosca of eight - could find her way through such an emotional forest." "It is not improbable at all. This is a marvelous love story and a Sicilian tale that is true. Through page 79: It is very hard to tell you bits b/c then you will know the story. By knowing Tosca's true life story you begin to understand who she is, why she has made her beautiful, wonderful little paradise of a crumbling castle into what it is. To protect the identity of the real people the author has changed names and exact places. I am not interested in culinary subjects, but I think the author's other autobiographical books are more focused on that. Think to stumble upon the villa Donnafugata hidden in the mountains of Sicily, to meet Tosca, the patroness of the villa, who pours out the story of her life and romance with the last prince of Sicily and the couple's conflict with the Mafia.
This book has all of this plus the power of description that allows me to be a participant rather than a viewer. Is it fantasy or did the author really live this journey?
Supposedly a true story, the author in a disclaimer says she has invoked poetic license and changed many things.
Memoirist and food writer Marlena De Blasi has all of these issues to deal with in her fourth adventure, That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story. The couple is made to feel welcome at Villa Donnafugata, which is the ruin of a castle and where the meat of the story takes place. That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story is well-paced and flows well. Third, Toscas love story with Prince Leo is not shown; its told by Tosca.
Its part travel, part biography, and definitely a love story. There is definitely love here.
Mas não foi isso que não gostei nele. Simplesmente havia algo na escrita desta autora com o qual não simpatizei. Mas o que eu li não conseguiu cativar-me.
Early details and characters have much more meaning now that Tosca's story has unfolded through Marlena's exquisite wordsmithing.