‘Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir’ by Frances Mayes

Under Magnolia by Frances MayesI was never able to really get into Frances Mayes’ earlier tomes, namely, ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ and ‘Bella Tuscany’. While I do admit to having a love/hate relationship with Diana Lanes’s cinematic Frances, I can honestly say, the literary Frances wasn’t able to spark any sort of feeling in me whatsoever. I never even made it past the first chapter.

So, why did I pick up this book? Truth be told – I am a sucker for a Southern belle. I have this notion that ‘belles’ of South Carolina and Georgia must have a simpler and endlessly more romantic life than us northerners (although I have no proof of this in the slightest), and thus, I cannot help but be drawn to these ‘Southern’ tales.

At least with this book I was quickly able to read through the first chapter. And then … boredom. Stuck, stuck, stuck. Reading for me needs to be pleasurable – life is work, reading is fun. Combined with the idea that I hate to ever write a bad literary review, I always try to find the good in every novel (except for this one which I loathed) and and power through to the end. I heavy-heartedly admit to failure with this one. I just do not connect with Ms. Mayes. She is by no means a bad writer, she is just not for me.

Salon Summary

RECOMMENDABILITY: 1 {out of 5} stars | ★☆☆☆☆
REPETITIVE READABILITY: 0 {out of 5} stars | ☆☆☆☆☆
RATING: 1 {out of 5} stars | ★☆☆☆☆

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