A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence

Book - 1991
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Random House, Inc.
The questions, discussion topics, and reading list that follow are designed to enhance your group's reading of Peter Mayle's delightful books about life in Provence, where he and his wife bought a two-hundred-year-old stone farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Lubéron Mountains.

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In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.

Baker & Taylor
An account of the author's first year in Provence offers many examples of its local cuisine, tips for dealing with French contractors and truffle hunting, and discussions of his eccentric neighbors

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1991
Edition: 1st Vintage ed
ISBN: 9780965121972
Characteristics: 207 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Nov 15, 2017

I loved it and plan to read more of this books. But he has his critics - people who feel his impressions of Provence are not accurate and portray the locals in a negative light. I do find that in cultures that I know well that the locals are very sensitive to any form of criticism - they don't want to admit to their weaknesses. On the other hand maybe they have some valid points. But I would love to spend some time in Province living like a local.

Oct 30, 2017

Humorous and entertaining.

Jan 13, 2017

The way he describes shopping for, preparing, and eating food is delightful. And the way he writes about the renovations to his home and all the people he encounters, makes you want to look at your own experiences in a new light.

JCLMeganG Aug 07, 2015

Peter Mayle treats his adventures in Provence with humor and insight. A pleasure to read - with a glass of wine at hand!

bibliotechnocrat Dec 31, 2014

This charming month-by-month account of a British couple who move to the south of France is a delicious treat. Mayle has a light touch and a gift for deft characterization. Renovation plans drag on with tradesmen randomly disappearing, visitors collect like flies on honey, food and wine take on new meaning, and the sun shines. If you need a vicarious vacation, this book completely fits the bill: armchair travel at its finest.

May 05, 2014

Funny book that any travel reader or writer will love. This is written in a great narrative style that allows the reader to truly experience Provence first-hand through Peter's eyes.

Jun 21, 2011

also good as an audio book

Oct 27, 2009

This is an excellent vacation book. I totally enjoyed the author's style and his gentle and humorous depiction of life in rural Provence.

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Feb 04, 2010

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Aug 27, 2012

"We learned that time in Provence is a very elastic commodity, even when it is described in clear and specific terms. Un petit quart d'heure means sometime today. Demain means sometime this week. And, the most elastic time segment of all, une quinzaine can mean 3 weeks, 2 months, or next year, but never, ever does it mean 15 days." "...occassionally reinforced by the magic word normalment, a supremely versatile escape clause worthy of an insurance policy.Normalment-providing it doesn't rain, providing the truck hasn't broken down, providing the brother-in-law hasn't borrowed the tool box-is the Provencal builder's equivalent of the fine print in a contract...."


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