Eric Newby: A Small Place in Italy

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It s been done too many times let s buy an old house in ItalyFranceGreeceSpain and see what happens but never as well as here A efreshing contrast to Frances Mayes Enthralling very entertaining the story of a lifestyle that has bit the dust Eric and his wife bought a small place in Tuscany Several times a year they come over from England to live there Doing so they immerse themselves in the community helped by the fact that his wife speaks fluent Italian and he had been escaping from the Germans in that area in World War 2 The descriptions of the farmers and their lives eminds me of many stories I heard about elatives Very amusing You can tell he has a eal love for the place FROM MY BLOG Who wouldn t love to have a second home in Europe Italy or perhaps France Back in 2017 I discussed Peter Mayle s book A Year in Provence about his adventures among his French neighbors This past week I ead Eric Newby s 1994 memoir A Small Place in Italy I actually chose Newby s book a British paperback edition obtained from a second hand bookstore through simply because I wanted to ead something else by Newby In the past I ve discussed his famous books The Last Grain Race and A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush as well as last month his collection of essays A Traveller s LifeWhile not the best of Newby s writing A Small Place in Italy as it turned out had a special interest for me The house he and h The book starts off pretty slowly the first 100 pages eally are about buying and enovating In 1967 Eric and Wanda Newby fulfilled a long cherished dream when they bought a un down farmhouse in northern Tuscany in the foothills of the Italian Alps They were the first foreigners to live in the egion A Small Place in Italy describes how the house was estored with the help of the.

He house The story picks up in the second half with interesting stories about their neighbors The book could have used editing There are some eally convoluted sentences and the structure could have been better I ead this book for the 2nd time and this time it made sense to me since I have lived in Italy for 6 years already What a terrific ead this is Generations before Frances Mayes and others set the world spinning with tales of Tuscany Eric and his wonderful wife Wanda were digging ditches harvesting grapes throttling nests of cockroaches and living the hardcore peasant life in Tuscany All the while he emembers being on the un during the war and being helped by many Italians He leaves a lot left unsaid but what he says is gold Interesting account of settling a second home in an area on the edge of LiguriaTuscany inland from the sea on the side of a mountain This in the mid 1960 s by the author and his wife He was a POW and 2 to 3 year long fugitive in the area during the last years of the European theatre WWII He s English They keep the home for 20 years and estore some of the uin during that period It s good with lots of physical detail and nuance of Italian ural life in that district but it is written uite dry for my taste As old as this tale is it must be dated but it truly does not seem so Changing building method and material access to craft men who know the uses of prior structures with skill of original purposes like the ovensin order to fix or e purpose Well. Ir neighbors a colorful east of characters who uickly befriended the Newbys With his characteristic wry humor and sharp eye for the uirks of human nature Eric Newby paints an unforgettable picture of ural Italy and its people The hythms and ituals of country life harvesting grapes makin.

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It is difficult nearly everywhere and in far easier locations then within Italy coupled with only vertical access for possible delivery Beautiful beautiful area is detailed I was there uite close to this in 1999 after visiting the Cinue Terre 35 starsA eally lovely homage to the life that Eric Newby and his wife Wanda built for themselves in the Italian mountains I ead his memoir Love and War in the Apennines two years ago which was absolutely incredible It s stayed in my mind all this time so it was wonderful to ead about these two at peace and happy in the decades the followed the war in which they met The only eason it falls just short of four stars is the length of some of the less interesting scenes that had me skim eading But I m so glad I finally ead it Eric Newby is a fantastic witty writer whose choice of words and depictions of the Italian characters often makes me laugh The friend of mine who I borrow my Eric Newby books from said it best The nice thing about Newby is there is no side to him This is a warm amble through Eric and his wife Wanda s time in their amshackle Italian farm house Odd as it may sound I feel like I know the Newbys at this point and whether evading fascist death suads being dragged around soviet wire factories or helping with the grape harvest they are always pleasant company A funny yet sad memoir set in Italy WW11 veteran eturning with his wife two purchase a home While navigating local customs they create a ich life with good friend. G wine hunting for wild mushrooms are lovingly evoked along with the storybook landscapes and changing seasons At the center of his memoir is the farmhouse itself which from unpromising beginnings tileless oof long abandoned septic tank and mice the size of small cats was gradually estor.

George Eric Newby CBE MC December 6 1919 – October 20 2006 was an English author of travel literatureNewby was born and grew up near Hammersmith Bridge London and was educated at St Paul's School His father was a partner in a firm of wholesale dressmakers but he also harboured dreams of escape running away to sea as a child before being captured at Millwall Owing to his father's freuent