FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
The Lady In The Palazzo: ... has been added to your Basket
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by the book house
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: This item will be picked, packed and shipped by Amazon and is eligible for free delivery within the UK
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Lady In The Palazzo: At Home in Umbria Paperback – 6 Dec 2007

3.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
£9.99
£4.28 £0.01
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£9.99 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books. Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • The Lady In The Palazzo: At Home in Umbria
  • +
  • A Thousand Days in Tuscany
  • +
  • A Thousand Days In Venice: An Unexpected Romance
Total price: £29.95
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (6 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844082733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844082735
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

De Blasi is more than a sunny regional food writer - she digs into the meaning of life (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

De Blasi is a skilled, quirky writer; her prose is by turns reserved, rococo, earthy and, above all, fresh (KIRKUS REVIEWS)

Book Description

A charming evocation of life in Umbria from the author of the bestselling memoir, A Thousand Days in Venice.

See all Product Description

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
I tried, I really did. I persevered, bit my lip, and persevered some more. In the end, though, this book got the better of me. I found De Blasi's writing style laborious, convoluted, pretentious and physically painful to read. The shelves are groaning with travelogues, memoirs and biographies, so there is really no need to suffer this one. Try Annie Hawes, Carol Drinkwater, Peter Mayle instead.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Marlena de Blase's books require one to suspend belief and are a light, entertaining read. The problem for me came most particularly with her third book. Is she trying to turn Orvieto into another Cortona? Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun became a Disney film. House prices rocketed and tourism boomed in that grey stone Tuscan town. We who know and love Orvieto wait with fingers crossed that it will not happen there. The book contains a great deal of fantasy and should be read as such.
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This book was a present from a friend in New Zealand and in fact my copy has the title "An Umbrian Love Story: Coming home to Via del Duomo" but has the same cover and is clearly the identical book apart from its title.

I have to say that had it not been a gift from someone whose judgement I respect, I probably would not have finished it. I had just read the deeply unsettling and sad "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and was dying for some light relief so this looked the perfect book to cheer me up. It's hard to say exactly what is wrong with it as all the ingredients seem to be there: a couple, in love, move to an idyllic Italian village with a cast of eccentric locals. As she gets to know them our "heroine" Chou, as she seems to be known, plans to have a large dinner party in the apartment they are moving in to (the ballroom of a converted palazzo) in order to bring together this disparate cast and heal ancient grievances. I won't spoil the ending, but according to one other reviewer who clearly knows the village of Orvieto, most of the story is "fantasy". Well, that's quite likely, after all what memoir/biography or piece of travel writing is pure truth and fact? Every writer embroiders things to make them more interesting for the reader. And one man's truth is another man's fiction, so to speak.

So, where does it go wrong? There is something horribly "precious" about de Blasi's writing style. It's overly long and overly ornate, and she has some annoying little habits such as referring to her husband as "the Venetian" (why not use his name?), and to another character as "Miranda-of-the-bosoms" which starts to irritate after a while.

Perhaps if I had read her earlier books first I would have enjoyed this more as some of these oddities were presumably explained in those. But I would not recommend you start with this one if you want to read Marlena de Blasi.
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Marlena de Blasi can tell an interesting and involving tale, but the problem with her books is that they are over-written, so full of purple prose and florid description, and with metaphor upon metaphor, endless similies, and a way of taking pages to say what could be said in a single paragraph. This can make the author seem earnest and humourless, and requires a patient reader willing to make the effort to get to the worthwhile story underneath the somewhat over-worked prose. This is a shame as the history related is indeed worth telling. A ruthless editor is required to dispense with much of the unnecessary verbiage, and then I'm sure the books would benefit and become eminently more enjoyable.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This book is a real let-down. It could be so interesting yet De Blasi writes so convoluted, so 'deep', so 'earthy' that it is hard to stay interested, or to like her, for that matter. The book, the style and she all come accross as very pretentious indeed, while her descriptions of every single person in the book are condescending beyond belief. Her pseudo-evocative descriptions of Umbrian/Italian food feel as if she has to prove that an American can appreciate real and rustic Italian food. She ordered a special box with blood oranges to be delivered by train all the way from Catania to Orvieto for her 'feast'... I think that about sums it up.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
As usual, Marlena de Blasi writes with a story-telling pen that is a dream to read. She can spin threads of facts so beautifully into a tale and with such panache that every time I read them, they touch my soul. Whether the facts are embroidered is neither here nor there. How can one weave a magical web without either the threads or the ability to skilfully weave them in. Her books are soul foods, nourishing in there kindnesses. Long may she write.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category


Feedback