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A Year in Provence (original 1990; edition 1991)

by Peter Mayle

Series: Provence (1)

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Member:KenSmith
Title:A Year in Provence
Authors:Peter Mayle
Info:Vintage (1991), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 224 pages
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A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle (1990)

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    French Fried: One Man's Move to France with Too Many Animals and an Identity Thief by Chris Dolley (codehooligans)
    codehooligans: Similar concepts. Brits move to France. Story are similar for a while. Discovering (and using) the new language. Learning to communicate. Both set in mid-1990s. French Fried has some later twists
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    Next Time Round in Provence: The Vaucluse and the Bouches-Du-Rhone (KayCliff)
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    Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik (carlym)
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  ronchan | Nov 14, 2016 |
First published in 1989, this account of Englishman Mayle’s life in the countryside of Provence is a modern classic.

Mayle’s writing is warm and witty, and I’m sure has made thousands fall in love with the idea of buying an old stone farmhouse in France.

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  ParadisePorch | Nov 13, 2016 |
Enjoyable fluff. Amusing to me that Cavaillon is depicted as such a charming place. I loved our stay in Provence (and the Cote d'Azur, which Mayle appears to hate), but Cavaillon was an ugly, charmless city, at least the parts we saw. But of course ugly in France is still pretty wonderful. ( )
  jjaylynny | Nov 12, 2016 |
The travel porn aspect of this was great - I wished that I could eat what they ate and have two bottles of wine with every lunch and ramble around in a forest with my dogs.

On the other hand, it was also like, I get it, you guys are rich. And if there had been anything to the story or to their personalities that didn't revolve around that, it wouldn't have bothered me.

Also, he so specifically describes the people and places of the village and not always in the best way - that doesn't seem very smart. ( )
  abbeyhar | Nov 8, 2016 |
An interesting read to say the least. ( )
  Angel.Carter | Aug 11, 2016 |
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Who hasn't dreamed, on a mundane Monday or frowzy Friday, of chucking it all in and packing off to the south of France? Provençal cookbooks and guidebooks entice with provocatively fresh salads and azure skies, but is it really all Côtes-du-Rhône and fleur-de-lis? Author Peter Mayle answers that question with wit, warmth, and wicked candor in A Year in Provence, the chronicle of his own foray into Provençal domesticity.

Beginning, appropriately enough, on New Year's Day with a divine luncheon in a quaint restaurant, Mayle sets the scene and pits his British sensibilities against it. "We had talked about it during the long gray winters and the damp green summers," he writes, "looked with an addict's longing at photographs of village markets and vineyards, dreamed of being woken up by the sun slanting through the bedroom window." He describes in loving detail the charming, 200-year-old farmhouse at the base of the Lubéron Mountains, its thick stone walls and well-tended vines, its wine cave and wells, its shade trees and swimming pool--its lack of central heating. Indeed, not 10 pages into the book, reality comes crashing into conflict with the idyll when the Mistral, that frigid wind that ravages the Rhône valley in winter, cracks the pipes, rips tiles from the roof, and tears a window from its hinges. And that's just January.

In prose that skips along lightly, Mayle records the highlights of each month, from the aberration of snow in February and the algae-filled swimming pool of March through the tourist invasions and unpredictable renovations of the summer months to a quiet Christmas alone. Throughout the book, he paints colorful portraits of his neighbors, the Provençaux grocers and butchers and farmers who amuse, confuse, and befuddle him at every turn. A Year in Provence is part memoir, part homeowner's manual, part travelogue, and all charming fun. --L.A. Smith

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:01 -0400)

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They had been there often as tourists. They had cherished the dream of someday living all year under the Provencal sun. And suddenly it happened. Here is the month-by month account of the charms and frustrations that Peter Mayle and his wife -- and their two large dogs -- experience their first year in the remote country of the Luberon restoring a two-centuries-old stone farmhouse that they bought on sight. From coping in January with the first mistral, which comes howling down from the Rhone Valley and wreaks havoc with the pipes, to dealing as the months go by with the disarming promises and procrastination of the local masons and plumbers, Peter Mayle delights us with his strategies for survival. He relishes the growing camaraderie with his country neighbors -- despite the rich, soupy, often impenetrable patois that threatens to separate them. He makes friends with boar hunters and truffle hunters, a man who eats foxes, and another who bites dentists; he discovers the secrets of handicapping racing goats and of disarming vipers. And he comes to dread the onslaught of tourists who disrupt his tranquillity. In this often hilarious, seductive book Peter Mayle manages to transport us info all the earthy pleasures of Provencal life and lets us live vicariously in a tempo governed by seasons, not by days. George Lang, who was smitten suggests: "Get a glass of marc, lean back in your most comfortable chair, and spend a delicious year in Provence."… (more)

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