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    DescriptionPeter Mayle's account of his first year in Provence describes anything from the local cuisine, hilarious tips for wooing fickle French contractors, handicapping goat races, enduring winter's icy mistral and much more. A NYT Bestseller for three years!


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    Title
    A Year in Provence
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Mayle
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 207
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780679731146
    ISBN 10: 0679731148
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    B&T General Subject: 800
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Ingram Subject Code: TR
    Libri: I-TR
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000, HIS013000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    BISAC V2.8: TRV009050
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 944.920838
    DC21: 944.920838
    DC22: 944/.920838
    LC classification: DC611.P961 M38 1991
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Vintage Books
    Publication date
    04 June 1991
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Peter Mayle spent fifteen years in the advertising business, first as a copywriter and then as a reluctant executive, before escaping Madison Avenue in 1975 to write books. His work has been translated into seventeen languages, and he has contributed to the "London Sunday Times, the Financial Times, " and the "Independent, " as well as "Gentlemen's Quarterly" and "Esquire."A Year in Provence won the British Book Awards "Best Travel Book of the Year." Peter Mayle and his wife live in Provence.
    Review quote
    "Delightful." --"The Washington Post" "Get a glass of marc, lean back in your most comfortable chair, and spend a delicious year in Provence." --George Lang "Engaging, funny and richly appreciative." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Stylish, witty, delightfully readable." --"The Sunday Times" (London) "Fascinating." --"Christian Science Monitor" "I really loved this book." --Julia Child
    Flap copy
    They had been there often as tourists. They had cherished the dream of someday living all year under the Provencal sun. And suddenly it happened. Here is the month-by-month account of the charms and frustrations that Peter Mayle and his wife -- and their two large dogs -- experience their first year in the remote country of the Luberon restoring a two-centuries-old stone farmhouse that they bought on sight. From coping in January with the first mistral, which comes howling down from the Rhone Valley and wreaks havoc with the pipes, to dealing as the months go by with the disarming promises and procrastination of the local masons and plumbers, Peter Mayle delights us with his strategies for survival. He relishes the growing camaraderie with his country neighbors -- despite the rich, soupy, often impenetrable patois that threatens to separate them. He makes friends with boar hunters and truffle hunters, a man who eats foxes, and another who bites dentists; he discovers the secrets of handicapping racing goats and of disarming vipers. And he comes to dread the onslaught of tourists who disrupt his tranquillity. In this often hilarious, seductive book Peter Mayle manages to transport us info all the earthy pleasures of Provencal life and lets us live vicariously in a tempo governed by seasons, not by days. George Lang, who was smitten, suggests: "Get a glass of marc, lean back in your most comfortable chair, and spend a delicious year in Provence."