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- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 22mm | 222g
- Publication date: 28 June 2001
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0140279342
- ISBN 13: 9780140279344
- Edition: 1000
- Edition statement: New ed.
- Sales rank: 52,477
This is a second enjoyable helping of rural life in France from the author of "A Year in Provence". Skulking through customs with a suitcase full of truffles, toads singing the Marseillaise, taking pastis lessons and finding gold at the bottom of the garden - you might think there is little time left for pleasures of the table. "Toujours Provence" proves that while you might not be able to get away from it all, you can have fun trying.
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Peter Mayle is the author of A YEAR IN PROVENCE, TOUJOURS PROVENCE and ENCORE PROVENCE as well as a number of novels.
"* 'Peter Mayle's idyllic portrait makes you almost taste the wonderful food and wine, feel the sun and balmy breezes Sunday Express * 'Anyone with any feel for the land and the people who lead their lives close to it will be enchanted' Yorkshire Evening Post * 'Splendidly amusing... filled with things which will help you to understand, at least in part, the glory of this wonderful place' Dirk Bogarde"
Second installment by GQ columnist Mayle of his country life in the Provencal region of southern France, following the delightful A Year in Provence (1990). Mayle, as keen and sunny an entertainer as ever, tells of French medicine, the drolleries of a French liver crisis, and the difficulties of trying to fill a prescription when an American visitor with mononucleosis needs a state-of-the-art antibiotic on Sunday. He reviews his mail, the new celebrity brought to him as the local English writer, his wife's gradual cooling toward visitors (pretty blondes make her snappish), and a signing at a Cannes bookstore during the film festival. Mayle gets much mileage out of bis wife, whose Frenchified rationality makes her head of the household; she arranges birthday picnics, social occasions - and adores stray dogs. He checks out a choir of toads that may, through electronic rechanneling, sing La Marseillaise. He attends a combined wine-tasting and fabulous country meal that leaves him stuffed and unconscious. We go with him on a secret truffle buy as he hustles two kilos of smelly contraband from the French countryside to Heathrow in London. We dig up gold napoleons in his rose garden and sweep the premises with a metal detector; sit through a knockout Pavarotti concert in a 2,000-year-old outdoor Roman amphitheater while the tenor eats dinner offstage between arias. Mayle spends an evening researching varieties of pastis, an anise and licorice aperitif, two drinks of which will twist your nose; and finds his scholarly and detached attitude smoothly numbed. Very winish, dinerish - and absolutely gustatory. (Kirkus Reviews)
Peter Mayle offers us another funny and beautiful book about life in Provence. Here is a heart-warming portrait of a place where, if you can't quite "get away from it all," you can surely have the best of times trying. "From the Trade Paperback edition.