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A Good Year by Peter Mayle
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A Good Year (2004)

by Peter Mayle

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Tre stelle perché nonostante la trama sia scorrevole la fine risulta un po' troppo affrettata.
Consigliato: ni... proverò a vedere il film. ( )
  elerwen | May 29, 2019 |
Guy inherits farm in France just as career dives. Moves to rural France, with no money worries, and grows crops, has animals - everyone's dream. Sort of a fictional account of 'A Year in Provence' by the same author. Mundane in that regard, but relaxing to read. ( )
  ParadisePorch | Oct 20, 2018 |
Ho acquistato il libro incuriosita dal film, un po' a scoppio ritardato, lo ammetto. Il film mi è sembrato un po' troppo facilone, speravo che il libro si riscattasse. Innanzitutto, il film è liberamente ispirato al romanzo: personaggi simili, trama parecchio diversa nei dettagli - e qui chiudo la parentesi cinematografica.

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Il romanzo è ancora più facilone e scontato del libro: Max viene licenziato; tre ore dopo, toh! una lettera dalla Provenza gli comunica che ha appena ereditato dallo zio un podere, non una casa. Max è senza soldi, il suo conto è drammaticamente in rosso: e chi trova? Charlie, il suo miglior amico che ha appena ricevuto una promozione e che ha soldi da buttare. Max parte per la Provenza: il notaio è ovviamente una strafiga supersexy. In 48 ore fa la conoscenza di Fanny, bellezza più esotica ma altrettanto sensuale, e di Christie, che pare essere la figlia illegittima dello zio Henry. Oh, che peccato, è già l'ora di fare le valigie? No, perché come ogni diciottenne americana è ricca ed è arrivata in Francia solo per fuggire l'ex. Dato che non ha intenzioni di fermarsi, che Max si tenga casa e vigna. Il vino prodotto pare sia il peggiore della Francia, ma per coincidenza Christie è pure un'intenditrice di vino e scopre che un certo appezzamento non è quello che il fattore vuol far credere.
I personaggi sono marionette nelle mani dello scrittore: la lettura è piacevole ed è un peccato che l'intreccio sia così scontato. ( )
  LaPizia | Aug 3, 2017 |
A great story which conjured images of the village life, the strangeness of farming grapes and all the intricacies of making a famous vintage. I never did like that the crooked lawyer and the venal wine merchant escaped with ill-gotten gains that belonged to Max, so my overall feel for the story was shadowed. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 20, 2017 |
A light frolic among the vineyards - undoubtedly exactly what Mr Mayle is going for. I read this for my book club. If you're looking for any literary meat on the bone, go elsewhere. I thought of a good BBC- adaptation title: The Grapes of Mirth. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Aug 9, 2014 |
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For Jennie, and for all those who work so hard in the vineyards of France to turn grapes into nectar
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It was high summer in London, and the raindrops felt almost warm on Max Skinner's face as he ran up Rutland Gate and into Hyde Park.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375705627, Paperback)

The writer with a claim to being the world’s foremost literary escape artist is back, with an intoxicating novel about the business and pleasure of wine, set in his beloved Provence. Max Skinner has recently lost his job at a London financial firm and just as recently learned that he has inherited his late uncle’s vineyard in Provence. On arrival he finds the climate delicious, the food even better, and two of the locals ravishing. Unfortunately, the wine produced on his new property is swill. Why then are so many people interested in it? Enter a beguiling Californian who knows more about wine than Max does–and may have a better claim to the estate. Fizzy with intrigue, bursting with local color and savor, A Good Year is Mayle at his most entertaining.

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Having lost his biggest client to an unscrupulous boss, Max Skinner journeys to Provence to inspect a vineyard he has inherited and finds additional challenges in the vineyard's inferior wine and a California woman's claim on the estate.

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