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Hotel Pastis : A Novel of Provence

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Having delighted millions of Americans with A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence, Peter Mayle treats us to a wonderfully entertaining novel of escape, romance, and adventure, played out in the landscape he has made so irresistible. Simon Shaw, a forty-two-year-old advertising tycoon, worn down by insatiable clients and a rapacious ex-wife, wants to get away from it all. On impulse he drives off in his Congo-black Porsche convertible to take a break in the South of France. When an accident strands him in a small village in the Luberon, an enchanting French woman, who is between husbands, comes to his rescue and soon lures him into buying the local gendarmerie with its splendid view. Together with the indispensable aid of Ernest, Simon's majordomo - valet, chauffeur, confidant, master of detail, and inspired flower arranger - they transform the rubble into a little jewel of a hotel. And life seems idyllic. But at the same time, something pas tres catholique is afoot: a petty crook, recently released from the Marseilles prison, and some of his pals are plotting an assault on the bank - more picturesque than secure - in the nearby town. Paths cross; schemes go awry; an heir to millions disappears. And through it all Peter Mayle delights us with the intrigues of the haute monde that descends on the Hotel Pastis and the machinations of the bad guys in the environs, as everything conspires to threaten the heaven on earth that Simon Shaw has envisioned.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 127 x 198.12 x 30.48mm | 113.4g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0679751114
  • 9780679751113
  • 92,549

About Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle is the author of fifteen books, eight of them novels. A recipient of the Legion d Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions, he has been living in Provence with his wife, Jennie, for twenty years."show more

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Delightful, amusing and appealing, a merry celebration of sensual pleasures. The New York Times Book Review Once again . . . Mayle makes Provence sound like the most enticing place this side of paradise. People A deft comic novel. . . . Mayle s gently satiric glance invites us happily into a world whose annoyances are cause for laughter. San Francisco Chronicle Mayle is a writer of grace and good humor. The New Yorker A charming tale of love and labor in Provence. USA Today"show more

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With his national bestsellers A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence, Peter Mayle gave new meaning to the phrase "great escape." Now he has written a delightful novel of romance, adventure, and tongue-in-cheek suspense, set in the beguiling French region he has staked out as his own.show more

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