Hill Towns #2020

Hill Towns By Anne Rivers Siddons Hill Towns A single event in her childhood irrevocably marked Catherine Gaillard and made it impossible for her to leave her cloistered mountaintop town in Tennessee for the next thirty years But her devotion to
  • Title: Hill Towns
  • Author: Anne Rivers Siddons
  • ISBN: 9780061099694
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hill Towns By Anne Rivers Siddons A single event in her childhood irrevocably marked Catherine Gaillard and made it impossible for her to leave her cloistered mountaintop town in Tennessee for the next thirty years But her devotion to her husband, Joe, and her desire to forever put the incident behind her propel Cat on a life changing trip to Italy.Making their way across the countryside of Tuscany witA single event in her childhood irrevocably marked Catherine Gaillard and made it impossible for her to leave her cloistered mountaintop town in Tennessee for the next thirty years But her devotion to her husband, Joe, and her desire to forever put the incident behind her propel Cat on a life changing trip to Italy.Making their way across the countryside of Tuscany with two other couples, Cat and Joe soon feel themselves pulled in different directions, and the fabric of their marriage begins to unravel Expanding beyond the bounds of a carefree trip, their journey takes them deep into the heart of their relationshipd becomes the ultimate test of their love.
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    1. Anne Rivers Siddons

      Born Sybil Anne Rivers in Atlanta, Georgia, she was raised in Fairburn, Georgia, and attended Auburn University, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority While at Auburn she wrote a column for the student newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, that favored integration The university administration attempted to suppress the column, and ultimately fired her, and the column garnered national attention She later became a senior editor for Atlanta magazine At the age of thirty she married Heyward Siddons, and she and her husband now live in Charleston, South Carolina, and spend summers in Maine.

    476 thoughts on “Hill Towns”

    1. The older I get, the less tolerance I have for the overblown prose that Siddons sometimes gets caught up in while describing her characters This one was definitely NOT among her best efforts if you want to read vintage Siddons, I much preferred Colony On the other hand, I must admit that if you would like to read some beautiful descriptions of Rome, Venice, Florence and Siena, it s clear that Siddons has not only visited these places, but has a true appreciation for them For that, I ll give Hill [...]


    2. I found myself speaking outloud to the characters i.e Don t do it, Cat which means that the plot is certainly strong enough for me to really get into it However, I too, was very unimpressed the language There simply was no need for the foul words that Siddons appeared to enjoy throwing in seemingly on a whim Also, I believe that I have a pretty broad vocabulary, but Siddons really stretched the limits of every day speech in this book Words such as fecundity , scurrilious , ennui , etc There were [...]


    3. There s currently a commercial about chaise lounges on tv The husband pronounces them chase and his wife pronounces them chaaaze I felt as if I have been languidly sprawled out on a chaise lounge while reading this book It was wonderful Ms Siddons strings words together like multi dimensional figures on a strand of holiday ornaments The settings are the hills of Tennessee and the major cities of Italy The lighting, the feeling, the emotions, the bourbon.is book is so good I really hated for it t [...]


    4. This novel is a book sale find from several years ago I finished reading it yesterday and still cannot really make up my mind about it.My main problem with it is that I didn t like one single character in the book The protagonist, Catherine Cat Compton Gaillard, lives on a mountain in Tennessee near famed Trinity College Her father is a teacher there and her mother is from a poor family, and they are killed in a grotesque accident on a bridge down off the mountain Five year old Cat is sleeping i [...]


    5. If you ever wanted to, have already, or want to relive a trip to Italy, especially Rome, Venice, Florence, Siena, and Tuscany then this is the book for you The descriptions are vivid, detailed, and picturesque of the people, places, the hot sensual scorching weather, and the emotions generated by being there This is also a book where it is handy to have a dictionary nearby because the prose is overblown with words not in everyday use.As a five year old child Cat Gaillard was traumatized by the d [...]


    6. I really like Anne Rivers Siddons, and this is my favorite This is another novel I read over and over It s funny, heartbreaking, and most importantly, fabulously romantic without being cliche or fluffy The author draws you so much into the setting, Italy in this case, that you ll feel like your sitting at a table on the Roman terrace watching the characters interact and you ll swear you can smell the garlic and the sweat I liked this even the Eat, Love, Pray.


    7. I thought this book was absolutely amazing and enthralling Cat, the main character, has never once left her home town on The Mountain in TN, until she and her husband decide to take a life changing trip to Italy Siddons descriptions of the people and places encountered along the way are so vivid that I could see very detailed pictures of them all in my mind Now I not only want to learn to speak Italian, I want to go there too.


    8. I m glad this was audio because I d not gotten through the roller coaster ride of relationships and the unnecessary bad lanquage The characters were professors and other professionals so didn t expect the gutter mouths The story seemed very tedious and depressing I m going between murders gore and now downer relationships I m in need of a funny light easy read.


    9. Hills Towns was an enjoyable read The book started in Tennessee and ended in Italy Everyone seemed to change in Italy, and most of the characters would never be the same again It has beautiful settings and vivid characters.


    10. If you ve never read any of Siddons books, skip this one and read one of her low country books They re much better This missed the mark.





    11. This was the book that inspired Valerie and me to travel to Italy The first Siddons book I read LOVED it I recommend it to anyone that is planning to visit Tuscany, or Italy in general.


    12. Well, I read this book again because I just returned from one of Italy s most bewitching hill towns Siena and when I go places I m eager to immerse myself in literary versions of the places I ve fallen in love with This book doesn t do Siena justice but it does spend time in Rome, Florence and Venice, with a surprisingly unflinching eye Siddons loves Italy but doesn t seem to like it she revels in the light but feels its dark underpinnings much than I Overwrought plot and prose as usual but I h [...]


    13. A childhood tragedy has bound Cat to the mountains of East Tennessee and for over twenty years of married life it has been enough Then an opportunity to visit Italy comes and Catherine world is turned upside down The challenge of married life is but one part of the book Rivers Siddons also treats the reader to a visit to the Rome, Venice, Florence, and Sienna.


    14. I thought this book was ok, mostly because of the beautiful descriptions of the setting One thing that really bothered me is the thought of this famous artist traveling around Italy by car with his masterpiece and all his art supplies I m not an artist, so I wouldn t know, but that does that really happen


    15. It took me the fist one hundred pages to even begin to like this book I have always enjoyed this author but after I made myself get through at first I almost laid it down But I m so glad I went on Not her best but A good book




    16. I loved that I was reading this book while travelling Italy and in the same places as the main character It made me want to seek out certain spots she mentioned in the book, which I did.It was a complicated story that I had a difficult time relating to, but overall I m glad I read the book.


    17. I cannot make up my mind about this book I was very much sucked into it, captivated really, despite the fact that the entire plot of the novel is the characters driving through Italy, behaving like asses, and fighting with each other the whole way At times the prose was so overblown it pulled me right out of the story I remember thinking that no matter how well educated a woman is, I do not believe she would casually toss the word fecund around like she did But at other points in the book, the p [...]


    18. Let me preface this review by saying that I have adored the novels of Anne Rivers Siddons for almost 25 years, ever since Colony, my favorite novel of all, came to be through the pages of the Book of the Month Club catalog Thereafter, I read everything of hers that I could get my hands on Somehow, I missed Hill Towns.Had Hill Towns been my second ARS novel, rather than Outer Banks, I may never have read another by this remarkable writer I simply could not wait until this novel ended so much so t [...]


    19. This book is the best example I ve recently completed that needs a rating system that can measure by halvesI WANT to give this book a well deserved 3.5 stars, That s not because of any other reason other than it was perfectly between me Liking it and Loving it I felt stronger than one and weaker than the other.The characters were interesting and wonderfully described and delineated The long and articulate descriptions of both Tennessee and Italy were terrific Occasionally they were a bit long wi [...]


    20. Catherine Gaillard lost her parents when she was five, and even as an adult, can t make herself leave the mountaintop college town in Tennessee where she had always lived She and her professor husband Joe are invited to Italy to attend the wedding of another college faculty member, and then to tour Italy with them on their honeymoon Catherine, with the help of a therapist, decides that they should make this trip Quite an entourage develops on the trip, which includes their hosts for the wedding, [...]


    21. Catherine Cat Gaillard was so deeply traumatized as a child when her parents were killed that she refused to leave the Tennessee mountain she called home Years later when her adult daughter wanted them to see Europe with her, Cat finally went for therapy A couple years later, when she s finally able to leave the mountain, an opportunity comes along to go to Italy Cat s husband is a Professor and his graduate assistant is getting married Cat and Joe go along to attend the wedding and then travel [...]


    22. Life and relationships in ItalyAt first you may wonder what the story will be, once the characters are revealed This is a story about character revealed through travel in a completely foreign environment to the one these characters have inhabited so far Foreign in the truest sense of the word All the people are interesting and intelligent The complexity of their feelings, especially their fears, is very human Actions taken out of those feelings have consequences that are rich and unruly It is a [...]


    23. A single traumatic event from her childhood has irrevocably marked Catherine Gaillard s adulthood, striking her with an almost unconquerable fear of leaving her cloistered mountaintop home in Tennessee for thirty years But now, in an effort to shake her fears and put the incident behind her, Catherine is embarking on a life changing vacation to Italy with her husband Joe As they make their way across the beautiful countryside of Tuscany with two other couples, Cat and Joe soon find themselves be [...]


    24. So I m a little suprised at how much I adored this book It s not what I think of as high fiction which I think is my own made up word, but might be real Who knows.Anyway, I am becoming quite taken with the south, despite the fact that I abhor its politics and don t ever really want to live there Books about the south have cropped up several times for me this year.This book is about Southerners than the south I loved the main character, and in a rare turn of events was really rooting for her to [...]


    25. I don t know why I continue to read Ms Siddons Verbose is an understatement, imagining every detail in every scene is disconcerting It s easy to lose track of the story I do like her look inside of people at various times of their lives and also the age range and type of people she examines the language is presented as being natural to the character but I feel exaggeration in the southern demeanor personal experiences and I don t like her use of specific swear works we don t talk like that and s [...]


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