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A Year in Provence

5 Ratings: 3.6
A book by Peter Mayle.

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 … see full wiki

Author: Peter Mayle
Genre: Travel, History
Publisher: Vintage
4 reviews about A Year in Provence
review by . December 17, 2010
"Provence has accurately been described as a cold country with a high rate of sunshine."   Who said that? Expatriate Englishman Peter Mayle in "November," the next to last chapter in his 1989 book A YEAR IN PROVENCE. Provence, of course, is in the South of France. At its warmest, including Nice and  the Cote d'Azur, Provence is lapped by the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.    Peter Mayle and one of his three consecutive wives, I am not sure which …
review by . July 23, 2010
Wine, Cheese, Bread, and other Culinary Delights
This book is a real account of Peter Mayle's first year living in the Provence area of France, specifically in the Luberon. It's a witty account of the trials, tribulations and joys of not only moving to a new country, but also trying to learn the unique customs, re-modeling their new home, and experiencing the local culture through food without looking like a proverbial tourist.      The book is broken up by months, so there really is only 12 chapters in this 207 page …
review by . January 31, 2006
My favorite Mayle book... and I have read them all (I think). I read this just about the time I was having a similar experience, moving into a new town, restoring an old house with a multitude of lurking issues, meeting people that you would not believe unlesss you met them yourself. Mayle's tale is much more interesting than my own, though the parallels were hilarious. I felt a kindred spirit.
review by . September 05, 2002
Mayle and his wife retire to a small house in Provence, and the ensuing book relates his trials and tribulations as an Englishman in a rural French setting. This is a wonderful book, full of pleasure and amusement. I kept getting ideas for science fiction from this, mainly because Mayle's descriptions of rural French life showed that humans can be as alien as any extraterrestrials. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to anyone....
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