Within Tuscany: Reflections on a Time and Place

Within Tuscany: Reflections on a Time and Place By Matthew Spender, Within Tuscany Reflections on a Time and Place Unlike any other account of the region Matthew Spender s Within Tuscany is a rich combination of personal observation and historical inquiry which will delight the discerning reader and traveler Spen
  • Title: Within Tuscany: Reflections on a Time and Place
  • Author: Matthew Spender
  • ISBN: 9780140178388
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • Within Tuscany: Reflections on a Time and Place By Matthew Spender, Unlike any other account of the region, Matthew Spender s Within Tuscany is a rich combination of personal observation and historical inquiry which will delight the discerning reader and traveler Spender s meditations on his chosen homeland of twenty years are fired with intelligence, humor, and an overriding sense of the palpability of the past He is captivated in turnUnlike any other account of the region, Matthew Spender s Within Tuscany is a rich combination of personal observation and historical inquiry which will delight the discerning reader and traveler Spender s meditations on his chosen homeland of twenty years are fired with intelligence, humor, and an overriding sense of the palpability of the past He is captivated in turn by trace memories of the Etruscans subjected to Roman cultural genocide, by the obsessive diaries of Pontormo and the ancient practice of extracting oil from olives by the burning of Savonarola and by the sound of bees mourning their lost queen Together with family, or accompanied by the mischievous archaeologist Vittoria, he encounters the Magus of Montecapraia, filmmakers from Rome, a funeral party, the leader of the local band, and many craftsmen who still follow traditions that have endured for two millennia Spender in extraordinary detail writes of the battle of Montaperti in 1260, when for the last time the Sienese defeated the Florentines, with the help of Florentine exiles Dante describes the river Arbia on the boundary between the two contestants at Montaperti as colored red with blood The passions which this archaic rivalry evoke are still present in modern Tuscany Matthew Spender s eloquent memoir explores the interfusion of violence and gentleness, turbulence and great civility, in an incomparably vivid portrait.
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    1. In 1968, the British sculptor, Matthew Spender, son of the poet Stephen Spender, and his wife Maro Gorky, the daughter of painter Arshile Gorky, moved to the small Tuscan hilltown of Gaiole, just north of Siena As part of the first wave of hippy exiles to Tuscany, the Spender Gorky family rehabbed an old Tuscan farmhouse, began growing olives and mulberries, and homeschooled their two daughters, along with pursuing their art Spender s book wraps their personal story around a larger portrait of T [...]


    2. In the unlikely event that anyone s been wondering why this book has been on my Currently Reading shelf for three months, here s the deal It s not what I expected It s not that there s necessarily anything wrong with the book, but I was looking for a vicarious trip to modern Italy, and this book is a memoir by someone who lived there long ago For me, it was like expecting a full color picture and getting a daguerreotype.However, the author is also an artist, and for anyone interested in the visu [...]


    3. Musings about people, life and events and history, personal and otherwise in Tuscony Reminded me of a buffet selection of historical events The author has a degree from Oxford in medieval history and is a painter and sculptor, all of which are reflected in this book.


    4. OK I JUST HAD TO GIVE UP ON THIS BOOK IT WAS TOO BORING TO KEEP GOING I GIVE IT THREE STARS FOR EFFORT BUT IT JUST WASN T FOR ME.



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