The Wisdom Of Tuscany

The Wisdom Of Tuscany

Simplicity, Security & The Good Life--making The Tuscan Lifestyle Your Own

Book - 2009
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This sun-drenched land has become synonymous with the ideal life. But it didn't happen by chance. Since the Etruscans, the independence-loving Tuscans have treated their breathtaking countryside with sagacious respect and built hamlets and hill towns in which they perfected a culture of simplicity, beauty, neighborliness, good food, and love of daily life.Ferenc Máté has lived in Tuscany for twenty years. Through personal experience and anecdotal history he explores the sources of this idyllic existence, which provides continuous economic stability, physical and emotional security, and a fortifying sense of belonging. From their organic gardens to their mouthwatering cuisine, from high-quality, craftsmen-made products and family-run businesses, to the joys centered in human contact and community, Tuscans live a healthy, all-senses-satisfying, emotionally rich life. Máté--engaging, funny, and insightful--nudges us all to live like Tuscans. With our frantic world so storm-tossed and rudderless, this might just be the book for our times.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780920256657
Characteristics: 272 p. ; 22 cm.


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Feb 21, 2015

I liked his books so much I purchased them.

Mar 28, 2011

While I love Mate's writing, I don't agree 100% with him on this book. He makes some excellent points on simplifying life and living more sustainably, buying things to last, and appreciating your neighbors and nature, but the idea that you can only truly do this by moving to a small town, village, or farm is really not practical for most people. If you don't have the luxury of being able to work from home, you then have to make a long commute every day from your small town to the big city where your job most likely is. To me that seems to defeat the purpose, and certainly does not simplify a person's life. That aside, the writing is wonderful, with great person anecdotes and real-life examples that make all of Mate's books so charming and relatable.

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