A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller

Version: Abridged
Author: Frances Mayes
Narrator: Frances Mayes
Genres: Travel
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: March 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Overview

The author who unforgettably captured the experience of starting a new life in Tuscany in bestselling travel memoirs expands her horizons to immerse herself--and her readers--in the sights, aromas, and treasures of twelve new special places.
"A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes--a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs.
With her beloved Tuscany as a home base, Mayes travels to Spain, Portugal, France, the British Isles, and to the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, the South of Italy, and North Africa. In Andalucia, she relishes the intersection of cultures. She cooks in Portugal, gathers ideas in the gardens of England and Scotland, takes a literary pilgrimage to Burgundy, discovers an ideal place to live in Mantova, and explores the essential Moroccan city of Fez. She rents houses among ordinary residents, shops at neighborhood markets, wanders the back streets, and everywhere contemplates the concept of home. While in Greece, she follows the classic Homeric voyage across the Aegean, lives in a bougainvillea-draped stone house in Crete, and then drives deep into the Mani. In Turkey with friends, she sails the ancient coast, hiking to archaeological sites and snorkeling over sunken Byzantine towns. Weaving together personal perceptions and informed commentary on art, architecture, history, landscape, and social and culinary traditionsof each area, Mayes brings the immediacy of life in her temporary homes to the reader. An illuminating and passionate book that will be savored by all who loved "Under the Tuscan Sun, A Year in the World is travel writing at its peak.

Reviews (2)

A Year in the World

Written by Anonymous on June 29th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Whew, made it through! It was a bit of a struggle, but I was trying to figure out how anyone could make travels in this beautiful and historic part of the world boring. I think the over-the-top Southern accent helped (hurt), but that wouldn't have done it alone. The smug tone, the petty complaints about disappointing hotels booked over the Internet, the details of her traveling companion's passing illness, and the all-encompassing focus on me, me, ME, that's what did it! If you are related to Frances Mayes, you may enjoy this book. But I'm not, and I didn't.

Year in the world

Written by Joe Flaherty on November 9th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Sorry but could not stand the authors voice. Two filthy rich white people travel the world. Big deal.

Author Details

Author Details

Mayes, Frances

"Frances Mayes is the author of three best-selling books about Italy. The number one New York Times best seller, Under the Tuscan Sun, remained on that list for over two years. It was followed by the memoir, Bella Tuscany, also an international best seller. These books are published in fourteen languages. In 2000, she published In Tuscany, a collaborative photo-text with Bob Krist and with her husband, the poet Edward Mayes. All three highly personal books are about taking chances, living in Italy, loving and renovating an old Italian villa, and the pleasures of food as well as the ""voluptuousness of Italian life.""

A widely published poet and essayist, Frances Mayes has written five books of poetry, most recently Ex Voto from Lost Roads Publishers. Her previous books of poetry are Sunday in Another Country, After Such Pleasures, The Arts of Fire, and Hours. She is also the author of The Discovery of Poetry, published by Harcourt.

Formerly Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, where she directed The Poetry Center and chaired the Department of Creative Writing, Mayes now devotes herself full time to writing. Her first novel, Swan, was published in October 2002. Ms. Mayes is the editor for the 2002 Best American Travel Writing. She and her husband continue to divide their year between San Francisco and Cortona, Italy. The film version of Under the Tuscan Sun (Disney / Touchstone, Fall 2003), features actress Diane Lane."