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Anything Considered: A Novel by Peter Mayle

Anything Considered: A Novel (1996)

by Peter Mayle

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Bennett is a man of little means, doing odd jobs for people in his village to make a way of living. He finds it more and more difficult to survive so he puts an add in the paper for his services, anything considered. When someone responds to it, its not what he expects.

I thought this book was well written and one of the better books that I have honestly read lately. I liked the characters and thought they were relate able, however I kind of felt like this ending was rushed. I felt like the author, Peter Mayle, just wanted it to end so he went quickly into the ending, as it was kind of predictable as well.

Overall, I think this book would be great for anyone that likes more of a suspenseful book. Not overly suspenseful but enough to keep you reading. ( )
  welkeral | Mar 20, 2016 |
Anything Considered, another delightful caper in the vein of Hotel Pastis. Bennett is a British Ex-pat living in Provence who decides to run an advertisement for his services in the newspaper: "Anything considered, except marriage." He is hired by Julian Poe, a wealthy Brit trying to evade the French tax authorities. Bennett ultimately plots to steal the recipe for propagating rare black truffles. Scheming ensues, and becomes more hilarious and twisted as the beautiful and sexy Anna arrives and the enraged Italians join the hunt. Mayle's capers are always slightly bizarre, but charmingly light and fun.
  ktoonen | Jun 18, 2015 |
Effervescent fun. Here in NC we have summer storms and rain, so it was nice to embark on a caper in with a book set in the sunny south of France with Luciano Bennett. Bennett, an Englishman with a taste for the good life and a dwindling bank account, finds what seems to be the dream job that will more than tide him over until his ship comes in (his yacht for hire has gone missing with his business partner at the helm). However before he can say truffles and foie gras, he is embroiled in the escapade of a lifetime, one with all the amenities- mobster, both Italian & Corsican, a murderous Karate expert, a variety of policeman, a collection of questionable monks, a Yorkie on an 18th century plate (you'll just have to read it) and a very pretty girl.

As usual, Mayle's descriptions of people, landscapes, clothing, furnishings, food, wine and, of course, pretty girls is perfect. The humor is crisp, the mood buoyant, despite dicey moments. Some might find Bennett's ogling of the ladies, and the ensuing descriptions a tad sexist or even louche; however, Mayle balances this out by ensuring that Bennett gets his comeuppance and saddles him with girls who are more mind and mettle than make-up.

Can't say to much more than that without giving too much away. ( )
  lucybrown | Jul 6, 2011 |
I prefer Peter Mayle's non-fiction. ( )
  Cerian | Jan 5, 2010 |
I read this book and it is really histerical. It also entails the life of a person who is oblivious on what to do with thier life so would result in doing anything except getting married. Action and adventure is accompanied along with the story. ( )
  nina7 | Apr 23, 2009 |
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It's no secret that Peter Mayle (author of A Year in Provence) loves Provence, so it's no surprise that Mayle's new novel is set that area: it takes place in Saint Martin and in Monaco. Bennett is an Englishman scraping together his last few francs, desperate to stay in France. He places an ad promising "anything considered," a wealthy truffle entrepreneur hires him for slightly illicit work, and the plot is off--a combination of a thriller, romance, and page turner. And through it all emanates the whiff of lavender, the curve of country hills, the bubble of champagne, and the sounds and tastes of Provence.

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An Englishman turns his back on a nine-to-five life for more creative but decidedly less lucrative ways of making ends meet, including as a property agent and house sitter.

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