A Year in Provence
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A Year in Provence

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Peter 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 207 pages
  • 140 x 203 x 15.24mm | 249g
  • Vintage Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0679731148
  • 9780679731146
  • 68,291

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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."
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"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
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About Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle is the author of fifteen books, nine of them novels, including the beloved bestseller A Year in Provence. A recipient of the Légion d'Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions, he lived in Provence with his wife, Jennie, for more than twenty-five years. Mayle died in 2018.
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