My House in Umbria #2020

My House in Umbria By William Trevor My House in Umbria Mrs Emily Delahunty a mysterious and not entirely trustworthy former madam quietly runs a pensione in the Italian countryside and writes romance novels while she muses on her checkered past Then one d
  • Title: My House in Umbria
  • Author: William Trevor
  • ISBN: 9780142003657
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
  • My House in Umbria By William Trevor Mrs Emily Delahunty a mysterious and not entirely trustworthy former madam quietly runs a pensione in the Italian countryside and writes romance novels while she muses on her checkered past Then one day her world is changed forever as the train she is riding in is blown up by terrorists Taken to a local hospital to recuperate, she befriends the other survivors an elderlMrs Emily Delahunty a mysterious and not entirely trustworthy former madam quietly runs a pensione in the Italian countryside and writes romance novels while she muses on her checkered past Then one day her world is changed forever as the train she is riding in is blown up by terrorists Taken to a local hospital to recuperate, she befriends the other survivors an elderly English general, an American child, and a German boy and takes them all to convalesce at her villa, with unforeseen results.
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    About "William Trevor"

    1. William Trevor

      William Trevor, KBE grew up in various provincial towns and attended a number of schools, graduating from Trinity College, in Dublin, with a degree in history He first exercised his artistry as a sculptor, working as a teacher in Northern Ireland and then emigrated to England in search of work when the school went bankrupt He could have returned to Ireland once he became a successful writer, he said, but by then I had become a wanderer, and one way and another, I just stayed in England I hated leaving Ireland I was very bitter at the time But, had it not happened, I think I might never have written at all In 1958 Trevor published his first novel, A Standard of Behaviour, to little critical success Two years later, he abandoned sculpting completely, feeling his work had become too abstract, and found a job writing copy for a London advertising agency This was absurd, he said They would give me four lines or so to write and four or five days to write it in It was so boring But they had given me this typewriter to work on, so I just started writing stories I sometimes think all the people who were missing in my sculpture gushed out into the stories He published several short stories, then his second and third novels, which both won the Hawthornden Prize established in 1919 by Alice Warrender and named after William Drummond of Hawthornden, the Hawthornden Prize is one of the UK s oldest literary awards A number of other prizes followed, and Trevor began working full time as a writer in 1965.Since then, Trevor has published nearly 40 novels, short story collections, plays, and collections of nonfiction He has won three Whitbread Awards, a PEN Macmillan Silver Pen Award, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize In 1977 Trevor was appointed an honorary he holds Irish, not British, citizenship Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire CBE for his services to literature and in 2002 he was elevated to honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire KBE Since he began writing, William Trevor regularly spends half the year in Italy or Switzerland, often visiting Ireland in the other half His home is in Devon, in South West England, on an old mill surrounded by 40 acres of land.

    199 thoughts on “My House in Umbria”

    1. My House in Umbria is the first Trevor novella I had a bit of trouble engaging with the plot and characterization Mrs Emily Delahunty, a 56 year old woman with a less than respectable past, had re invented and installed herself in an enchanting villa by the Italian countryside Here she ran a pensione business with the help of her servant, Quinty, whose acquaintance hailed back to her life at the Caf Rose in Ombubu, Africa, and who knew about her checkered origins Perhaps as an escape from her in [...]


    2. Read this off and on these past two weeks and took it with me for my weekend in LA The landscapes take me back to one of the prettiest areas of Italia Yet, if you re looking for an inspiring tale of olive groves and rolling hillsides, you will not find it It s about strangers, adapting after a horrible accident and what transpires under a house in Umbria.


    3. I loved this novella, easily read on a cold winter day The writing is stellar, the characters well rounded and the plot intriguing The movie featured lots of Italian countryside and Maggie Smith as the very complex inn keeper.


    4. Added 11 19 11.I did not read this book but watched the movie adaptation instead via a Netflix DVD My House in Umbria TV 2003 moviesflix WiMovie My_db title tt0323332 There s a wonderful film review by David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle at sfgate cgi bin articleExcerpt Very little seems lost in this lovely adaptation of William Trevor s 1991 short novel, premiering Sunday on HBO, thanks in no small way to a magnificent and uncharacteristically restrained performance by Maggie Smith as [...]


    5. Do not confuse this book with books such as Under the Tuscan Sun or A Year in Provence This book, although set in the Italian countryside, is really a character study The narrator is one of several survivors of a bombed train car who, under some plot contrivance, all gather to recuperate at the titled House in Umbria This book demands all of your concentration as the narrator is given to digressions which may, or may not, be relevant to the plot line Do not assume that the fact that Maggie Smith [...]


    6. A garden should have little gardens tucked away inside it It should have alcoves and secret places, and paths that make you want to take them even though they don t lead anywhere What grows well, cherish What doesn t, you throw out 118 B and I are having a couple days long conversation about hard women alice munro, lorrie moore and the other unflinching girls who remember and list the offenses against their characters Munro has some softness to her she writes the occasional love story but if I h [...]


    7. I had such high hopes for this book It seemed so good from the blurb on the back But he problem is, I found it rather meandering, and I couldn t really understand what the author was getting at What is this book really about I m still unsure Plus I started to really dislike Mrs Delahunty and the way she forced herself on Mr Riversmith It was uncomfortable to read Perhaps that was the point, but it was a major turn off for me, especially as she felt she was doing nothing wrong A strange book, mad [...]


    8. I found it well written and intruiging however at times I got confused I m not sure if this has to do with the writing specificly or Mrs Delahunty as the narrator since she obviously has some issues.


    9. My House in Umbria by William Trevor, adapted for The BBC8 out of 10Notes and thoughts on other books are available at youtube playlist list and realini My House in Umbria is a remarkable story and an excellent adaptation for The BBC.Emily Delahunty is the main character in this narrative and the narrator, at least in the version that I listened to.She is a complex personage.On the one hand she has extraordinary capabilities, an astonishing ability to read gestures and important minds.On the ot [...]


    10. I would actually give this 3.5 stars and 4 stars for most of the book I loved the writing and the mysteries that are slowly revealed about the main character The end just got a little strange with her behavior, but overall I really enjoyed this short book and liked it much better than Reading Turgenev.


    11. I teeter between 3 and 4 stars on thisIt certainly was not what I expected after having seen the movie The movie was touching, tender, a warm blankie in front of a fire The book however has some of that, but also the the digging around in the the mind of the storyteller with a two tined forkd quite an unreliable narrator she is As writing, I find the work excellent, as a reader, a bit disappointing Do not expect the same ending in the book as in the movie In the end this, rather than the lovely [...]


    12. After a terrorist attack on a train, three survivors return with Mrs Delahunty to her house in Umbria The survivors include a German, an old man, and a little girl Each have lost loved ones in the attack and each are attempting to work their way back to life as they recuperate at Mrs Delahunty s home The two men are rejuvenated by caring for the little girl, but, unfortunately, all of their lives are thrown back into upheaval when the girl s uncle arrives intending to return to America with her [...]


    13. Easy to mistake this, at first sight, for a comforting read about the good life in Umbria which must account for some of the low ratings it has achieved here Trevor understands how the title will set expectations one settles down anticipating la dolce vita and instead is led into some very dark places It is about suffering and the damaged, survival and, perhaps, redemption.The narrator, Mrs Delahunty, is a wonderfully unreliable narrator, slowly unwinding as the tale progresses Through hints, li [...]


    14. I love William Trevor and his understated way of letting us get up close to his characters and yet maintain a certain aura around him he never disappoints me in that he can make the mundane look and feel ever so real and true to life in all it s pain and glory.This novel was no exception We meet some wonderful human characters wide open to their flaws, who are thrown together in life through a terrorist attack on a train they were all traveling on They come together in a house in Umbria to try t [...]


    15. I had really high expectations for this book and must admit that I was somewhat disappointed While the length of the book 150 pages did not seem a daunting task for me in the beginning, I found it harder and harder to pick this up and want to read it This book is of a character study of an old washed out romance novelist Emily Delahunty Throughout most of the book I found her to be completely fascinating while at others, I just wanted to smack her I do love the way that the plot revolves around [...]


    16. This book is set in Umbria, Italy at a somewhat rundown home that Emily Delahunty rents to tourists This time her lodgers are survivors from a terrorist attack on a train Emily generously offers them a place to convalesce and grieve Brought together as strangers, as they begin to recover their layers are revealed.Emily, a romance novelist and a woman with a past is longtime friends with Quinty who takes care of her home and the business side of things Aimee, a young girl recovering from the atta [...]


    17. My first William Trevor, and I m keen to read of his work after this first taste I read this just a few weeks after watching the movie on tv which I loved , so I had Maggie Smith s voice and image really reading the story in my head Which isn t all bad I enjoyed the book overall but did find it confusing at times when he would flip flop back and forward between past, present and dream Sometimes it was really obvious and that s fine, other times I had to read it several times to try and work out [...]


    18. Simply amazing A mystery, put inside a pastoral, wrapped in human illusion A must read for those who like well drawn characters but are thoroughly opposed to explosions and anything with fangs My newest novel is Max, the blind guy the story of Max and Greta Ruth, their 40 year relationship, and all the demons that show up as they find that life rarely goes according to plan This new novel will be published on June 5, 2015.What Beauty was published in 2012 It s a story of art, obsession and ego R [...]


    19. This short, delicately written novel contains a big story full of abandonment, incest, prostitution, a bombed train, alcoholism, and deceit, but blink and you ll miss it The voice of the narrator starts out so sure and is so inviting that it s easy to miss hints that her perspective isn t necessarily trustworthy Her slow unspooling of information about herself, paired with her disintigration, culminates without high drama and goes out on a note of wistfulness Trevor s writing is balanced and unj [...]


    20. This was one of the most depressing books I have ever read.d I have read my share of depressing books I was enticed into thinking that this was one of Trevor s less depressing books by the cute Maggie Smith picture and the scenery on the cover But it was very bleak and while Trevor is a beautiful writer, and the narrative voice is certainly amazing, it was not worth the dirge like conclusions Is there another Trevor book to try that is not totally disheartening I can take negative but not this n [...]


    21. I am now officially a William Trevor fan This book, however, is pretty close to the bone just now, dealing with the survivors of what seems to be a terrorist bombing on a train in Italy Like Lucy Gault, the main character is a solitary woman with damage in her past Trevor peels off layers as memories surface.


    22. It s good One of his other books, Fools of Fortune, was chosen for my f2f book club This one came available first, so I started it At first I thought it was going to be a nice little and then story, but it took a couple wollapping plot changes and got way complicated, interesting and fun to read.I m enjoying the writing talent here I gasp in joy at the word usage


    23. blurb A train journey in Italy sparks devastation, but a new purpose for one passenger Mrs Delahunty Stars Prunella Scales.I find Trevor s stories beguiling An extra star for the film, which was really lovely.


    24. There was some good writing in this, but it honestly felt a bit muddled for my tastes I can go for ambiguity, but I didn t care for the muddling as much It felt like some of the concepts were supposed to carry it and if you didn t react to them enough as concepts then they didn t bear the necessary weight It s still good writing, but just not something I cared for as much.


    25. I had high hopes for this book, but sadly it failed The main character jumps between her conscious state, book plot writing, memories,etc without any way to really understand that you are in them until the thought or memory ends really frustrating I wish the author chose to put those flashbacks in a different font or in italics or something I heard the movie is better


    26. My House in Umbria is a short novel set in Italy in the mid 1980s A group of people affected by a terrorist bomb on a train gather at one of the survivor s home in Umbria to recover It is a moving and timely story to read months after the bombing in Boston.


    27. Started the book listened to others discuss the book watched the movie finished the book Somehow this reminds me so of Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams Such damaged people, but aren t we all


    28. I still have a peculiar taste in my mouth from this book It was kind of like eating a vegetable that you know is good and good for you but the taste is very off putting and you find you really don t like it Well written but


    29. I m still waiting for the Trevor novel I don t like Not as good as Turganev or Lucy Gault but it still a beautiful work He observes life closer than anyone writing today I stole thatd I believe it s accurate, and it s been a long day so just read the f n book


    30. I guess I liked After Rain than I thought as I soon read another Trevor book I like his characters and prose style I noted it was a bit confusing but found it intriguing enough to record some basics of the story beginning with a train crash and a place in Italy where injured recover.


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