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A Tuscan Childhood

↠ A Tuscan Childhood ↠ Kinta Beevor - A Tuscan Childhood, A Tuscan Childhood WonderfulI fell immediately into her world and was sorry when I reached the end Frances Mayes author of Under the Tuscan SunThe sparkling memoir of an idyllic bohemian childhood in an enchanted Tus

  • Title: A Tuscan Childhood
  • Author: Kinta Beevor
  • ISBN: 9780375704260
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback

↠ A Tuscan Childhood ↠ Kinta Beevor, A Tuscan Childhood, Kinta Beevor, A Tuscan Childhood WonderfulI fell immediately into her world and was sorry when I reached the end Frances Mayes author of Under the Tuscan SunThe sparkling memoir of an idyllic bohemian childhood in an enchanted Tuscan castle between the wars When Kinta Beevor was five her father the painter Aubrey Waterfield bought the sixteenth century Fortezza della Brunella in the Tuscan v WonderfulI fe ↠ A Tuscan Childhood ↠ Kinta Beevor - A Tuscan Childhood, A Tuscan Childhood WonderfulI fell immediately into her world and was sorry when I reached the end Frances Mayes author of Under the Tuscan SunThe sparkling memoir of an idyllic bohemian childhood in an enchanted Tus

  • ↠ A Tuscan Childhood ↠ Kinta Beevor
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A Tuscan Childhood

About "Kinta Beevor"

  1. Kinta Beevor

    Kinta Beevor, born Carinthia Waterfield, daughter of Aubrey Waterfield, a painter, and Lina Waterfield, writer of Castle in Italy An Autobiograpghy Lina was the niece and ward of Janet Ross, also a writer, and the granddaughter of translator and author Lucie Duff Gordon, who wrote the Victorian best seller Letters from Egypt 1865.From the age of five and until she was sent to boarding school in England five years later, Kinta was raised in the Fortezza della Brunella in northern Tuscany, an inhospitable castle on a rock with views of the Carraras.In 1933 she married Jack Beevor, a solicitor Consequently Italy became the place to spent her holidays.In 1993, at the age of 82, she published her first and only book, A Tuscan Childhood, the story of her youth in Italy.Obituary The Independent independent news peo

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  1. I ve never read a memoir that made me wish so strongly that it was my life written about In so many ways, Kinta had the most beautiful childhood imaginable she and her brother spent their summers barefoot and free within an entire fortress castle with a roof garden viewing the Carrara mountains can you imagine and the incredible Italian countryside The smell of pine needles, harvesting olives, making wine, all the fresh local food and a chef to cook it and customs I am head over heels for the Tu [...]


  2. Beevor had an ideal childhood growing up with often absent parents, but side by side with a beloved brother They were free to roam the grounds of the vast fortress her British father had inherited Her father, a painter who never displayed his work but was considered quite good, and her mother, a journalist, amused the caretakers, townspeople and chefs with their English ways In fact Beevor includes about the locals than the visits from D H Lawrence, Bernard Berenson, Kenneth Clark and other fam [...]


  3. Beevor had a privileged upbringing in some ways she grew up in a castle Bernard Berenson was a family friend However this is not a book by a sheltered or snobby mind Beevor is curious and open to everyone and everything in her surroundings, and the conditions are idyllic but far from pampering She is wonderful company Tuscany through her eyes is vibrant and memorable.


  4. I know many people who would prefer to live in Paris during the 20s, but I would take Italy almost anytime Kinta Waterfield Beevor was fortunately born into an artistic family It was always said of my parents that they had all the luxuries of life but none of the necessities, 12 in possession of a fortress or castello in northwestern Tuscany Kinta s mother later manages her aunt s Poggio Gherardo, a villa in the hills outside of Florence and a place associated with the setting of The Decameron o [...]


  5. A delightful memoir of Beevor s childhood between the World Wars, running through olive groves and vineyards around the castle her parents bought in Tuscany The richness of the telling and the flow of the book is compelling Written just before her death in 1995 Beevor lavishes us with descriptions of food and the people who harvest, sell and cook it Her father an artist and her mother a preoccupied journalist, Beevor had an unrestrained childhood hiding in huge empty olive jars and helping cut l [...]


  6. I am always reading about Italy and am rarely disappointed but this book was particularly good, the story of a privileged childhood in beautiful Tuscany amid many of the great minds of the 20th century Aldous Huxley, Bernard Berensen, etc The Tuscany and the Italian people came alive, as did that time just before WWII changed everything.


  7. A passage reads Tuscans do not romanticize what has gone before, nor do they feel a need to close shutters upon it The past is part of them and they are part of it For that reason, even though it was just an ok read for me, I still would recommend this book to anyone interested in Tuscan culture Beevor does give a good historical account of Tuscany in the early to mid 20th century from an in depth perspective by writing about her childhood and adolescent years This book is well written and even [...]


  8. I really loved this beautiful memoir of a childhood in a castle in ItalyI loved the family, the friends, the land, the home, the foodeverything about it was special Though the war brought deprivations, it only made me feel even how heroic and good the people were who lived through it, and the coming home after the war was very touching This book is just about everything I want a memoir to be full of good people that I come to love, full of lovely descriptions of a place that I can see in my min [...]


  9. I read this book based on a recommendation from an author who writes similar stories about Italian life I think the only reason I continued to read, an finish, this book was that it reminded me of stories my own Italian family has shared, and also that I have travelled to many of the places the author wrote about However I found the writing to be a bit disjointed I think author Adriana Trigani provides a much detailed, and beautifully written commentary on Italian life.


  10. A Tuscan Childhood is a beautiful memoir of an English girl s early life in the Lunigiana region of Tuscany It s a miracle that this exquisite book exists Kinta Beevor published it at the age of 93 and died two years later For me, it s especially resonant because my mother came from the Lunigiana.


  11. I liked these memoirs, both for its idyllic portrait of Tuscan life in the first half of the twentieth century as for the insight in the aristocratic, yet highly bohemian way of living of some English families who had come to live there Recommended reading to all lovers of Italy and Tuscany in particular


  12. Then the music changed, and the dancing began by the light of the fire on the open side of the courtyard The red glow lit faces as they twirled, and our elongated shadows danced on the old walls of the farm buildings p 174


  13. Parts of it were interesting, but I got lost in all of the long hard to pronounce names and having to slow down to sound out Italian words which weren t always translated It just slowed down the pace and made it difficult to follow what she was talking about It just wasn t as interesting as I expected it to be.


  14. I really enjoyed this book If you liked this one, I would suggest this book by her grandmother Letters from Egypt, 1863 1865, by Lady Duff Gordon



  15. Delightful After seeing a little of Italy the summer of 2016, these memories brought the best of Italy and it s people to life.


  16. 1993 I enjoyed this memoir on several levels The magical part is all her detailed descriptions of pre war rural life the grape harvest and wine making, all on one day the harvesting and pressing of olive oil the importance attached to having using oil and wine that you yourself helped harvest or at least knew exactly where it came from Much talk of food special dishes made by the several cooks regional specialties gathering and using mushrooms and chestnuts For a foodie, this is than enough rea [...]


  17. This book was so fascinating It was written by a woman, long gone, about her childhood in a Tuscan castle in the town of Aulla Her English parents purchased the castle, fixed it up, had servants, gardeners, cooks, and maids, and a bevy of famous friends Whistler and DH Lawrence to name a few and visitors The story is beautiful because it is simply written without the romantic frills so commonly added to many of the books I read about Italy The best part of this book are the Chapters on WWII and [...]


  18. This book was just all over the place It jumped from time to place so quickly that it was nearly impossible to follow There were SO many people mentioned in this book, without any real depth or exploration into their stories that I couldn t keep any of them straight Here s an example Vittoria would be joined by his brother Dario, and Dario s wife Rina, a daughter of Ramponi Rina s sister Lina also came with her husband Enrico, a grandson of Montan, Ramponi s predecessor Maria s stalwart cousin, [...]


  19. According to my journal this book was read in 1999.Kinta s father, Aubrey Waterfield, a painter of the upper middle English class, purchased a castle on top of a mountain outside the Tuscanvillage of Aulla, consequently, Kinta and her brothers had a most interesting and unusual childhood, which was interrupted by WWI Legendary figures such as D.H Lawrence, Robert Trevelyan, and Rex Whistler were among some of those who would be guests of her family With the onslaught of WWII, the family was upro [...]


  20. A nice little read about the unconventional childhood of the author, Kinta Beevor who grew up in a castle in Tuscany Her family was privileged and knew many celebrities such as Aldous Huxley so they lived a rarefied, if bohemian life I was even interested in the lives of the neighbors who came to work for them and became close friends Rural Italy, at the beginning of the 1900s was very countrified It was the kind of life that my grandparents, Italian peasants themselves left behind when they ca [...]


  21. I enjoyed this memoir Beevor is not a great writer often she gives the facts without the necessary embellishments but her childhood centered around a fortress in Tuscany and her family and its connections to so many well known and interesting people make this a fun read The local people were the most interesting and the insight into their way of life which pretty much disappeared after WWII and their love of food create a great summer book Included are sketches, paintings and photographs which I [...]


  22. In this chronicle of her nearly lifelong connection to the the 15th century castle, Fortezza della Brunella, in Tuscany, Kinta Beevor poignantly recollects her parents bohemian life there, the lives of the tenant farmers, and the Anglo American circle of luminaries such as Bernard Berenson, D.H Lawrence, Rex Whistler, and Aldous Huxley.


  23. I usually find travel memoirs fun and interesting, but this one I was so so about Some of her descriptions of life in Tuscany in the early 20th century were really interesting However, I felt like the book did not flow very well, and I was often confused on what time period in her life she was writing about, and who certain people were.


  24. An interesting memoir of an Englishwoman who lived in a village near Florence during both World Wars She did go back to England for school, but visited her family in Italy during the summers An interesting look at how life changed in the area during her lifetime She didn t write the book until she was in her eighties.


  25. 2.5 stars The somewhat disjointed nature of the book made it hard for me to fall into the retelling At times the book was delightful or deeply touching At other times, I had to work to stay focused and read on It must have been a very special time and place to grow up



  26. Curiously flat account of an early 20th century, privileged upbringing in Tuscany Some interesting passages about the effects of WWI.



  27. Loved the descriptions of life between the two world wars for this privileged British family in Tuscany A different world to be sure.


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