A Year in Provence
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A Year in Provence

By (author) Peter Mayle , Illustrated by Judith Clancy

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Enjoy an irresistible feast of humour and discover the joys of French rural living with Peter Mayle's bestselling, much-loved account of "A Year In Provence". Peter Mayle and his wife did what most of us only imagine doing when they made their long-cherished dream of a life abroad a reality: throwing caution to the wind, they bought a glorious two hundred year-old farmhouse in the Luberon Valley and began a new life. In a year that begins with a marathon lunch and continues with a host of gastronomic delights, they also survive the unexpected and often hilarious curiosities of rural life. From mastering the local accent and enduring invasion by bumbling builders, to discovering the finer points of boules and goat-racing, all the earthy pleasures of Provencal life are conjured up in this enchanting portrait.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 16mm | 99.79g
  • 07 Mar 2002
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • Neuausg.
  • 0140296034
  • 9780140296037
  • 10,427

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Peter Mayle's work has been translated into twenty two languages. His previous books include A Year in Provence, Toujours Provence and his recent novels Anything Considered and Chasing Cezanne, available from Penguin.

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A lively month-by-month account of a British expatriate's first year in the Provencal region of southern France. When Mayle (a GQ columnist) and his wife decided to move into a 200-year-old farmhouse in the Vaucluse, they entered a world as different from London as sunshine is from rain. Entertaining visits from a plumber with a theory about everything (e.g., why "Mozart would have made a formidable electrician"), inventing methods for luring elusive masons back to work (the most successful ploy: invite them and their more-conscientious wives to a champagne party), and attending a foul-smelling midsummer goat-race (as explained by an experienced bettor, "An empty goat is faster then a full goat") are just some of the diversions that became commonplace to their lives. In addition to local color, Mayle re-creates the Provencal countryside - as well as describes meal after mouthwatering meal - with a flair for seductive detail that never becomes offensively florid. And a keen eye for the eccentric - along with a good-humored ability to offer his own gaffes for entertainment - counterbalances a slightly less appealing tendency to refer to "peasants" and scoff at other less-genteel visitors to the region. Funny, evocative, and perceptive - Mayle's first book is a delight. (Kirkus Reviews)

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