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Map of Another Town: A Memoir of Provence

by M. F. K. Fisher

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Those who remember Mrs. Fisher's virtuoso performances in her witty cook-books must enlarge their frame of reference - the author's skill is extended to an appreciation of a town and tempo which is a rare treat. The timeless beauty of Aix de Provence, delicately and incisively perceived, is so fused with the author's own fluctuating and most feminine sensibilities that the reader finds himself absorbed in an inner life of memory, a conscious growth of understanding. During her two sojourns in Aix de Provence with her two young daughters, the author intuits, observes the sights, sounds and humanity of the 'town'. The pure sensate joy of perceiving the many qualities of light, the texture of aging stone, the lyric beauty of the fountains, is brilliantly communicated.… (more)
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Two Towns in Provence contains two shorter geographical portraits, Map of Another Town and A Considerable Town.
There is no doubt a love-hate story within the pages of Two Towns. Fisher's connection to Aix-en-Provence and Marseille couldn't be clearer. In Map of Another Town Fisher focuses on Aix-en-Provence, France's capital. Her stories weave around her time bringing up two small daughters, renting an apartment, and observing people and their culture. She spends a fair amount of time having imaginary exchanges with the locals. Most striking were the lessons on society and class: no matter the level of distress a person should not accept help from someone of a lower class and getting a child vaccinated was a process. ( )
  SeriousGrace | May 16, 2016 |
A highly personal and delightful account of MFK's time in france with her young daughters. Eah chapter begins with a literary quotation, and there are lovely sketches in black & white thruout. ( )
  Esta1923 | Sep 21, 2008 |
2nd printing. Cream & burgundy medieval map endpapers of Aix. Maps & drawings by Barbara Westman.
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Those who remember Mrs. Fisher's virtuoso performances in her witty cook-books must enlarge their frame of reference - the author's skill is extended to an appreciation of a town and tempo which is a rare treat. The timeless beauty of Aix de Provence, delicately and incisively perceived, is so fused with the author's own fluctuating and most feminine sensibilities that the reader finds himself absorbed in an inner life of memory, a conscious growth of understanding. During her two sojourns in Aix de Provence with her two young daughters, the author intuits, observes the sights, sounds and humanity of the 'town'. The pure sensate joy of perceiving the many qualities of light, the texture of aging stone, the lyric beauty of the fountains, is brilliantly communicated.

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