Good Year

Good Year

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by Peter Mayle
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0307277755

ISBN-13: 2900307277755

Pub. Date: 10/03/2006

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The writer with a claim to being the world’s foremost literary escape artist is back, with an intoxicating novel about the business and pleasure of wine, set in his beloved Provence. Max Skinner has recently lost his job at a London financial firm and just as recently learned that he has inherited his late uncle’s vineyard in Provence. On arrival he

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The writer with a claim to being the world’s foremost literary escape artist is back, with an intoxicating novel about the business and pleasure of wine, set in his beloved Provence. Max Skinner has recently lost his job at a London financial firm and just as recently learned that he has inherited his late uncle’s vineyard in Provence. On arrival he finds the climate delicious, the food even better, and two of the locals ravishing. Unfortunately, the wine produced on his new property is swill. Why then are so many people interested in it? Enter a beguiling Californian who knows more about wine than Max does–and may have a better claim to the estate. Fizzy with intrigue, bursting with local color and savor, A Good Year is Mayle at his most entertaining.

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ISBN-13:
2900307277755
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304

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Good Year 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Kanne More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie first & really enjoyed it.. Then I read the book.. The movie has a nodding acquaintance with the book.. Same character names & places.. but the rest is a whole different ride. I liked both but wish the movie title was different..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is very different from the movie, which I saw first and was the reason I wanted to read the book. I enjoyed them both. The book was even better than the movie. I will certainly check out other books by Peter Mayle.
Bdlgs More than 1 year ago
Too bad the movie wasn't as good as the book.
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TLeopard More than 1 year ago
I adore Peter Mayle's writing. He has a wonderful command of the language, creates fascinating characters, a witty way of expressing a situation. This is one of my favorite books.
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annieVT More than 1 year ago
If you liked the movie Sideways, you'll love this book! I recommend taking your time reading this. It's light without being frivolous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a delight read. I was sad when I reached the end. Wished it kept going and going. You get pulled in after the first few pages, makes you want to tune in to see what happens to Max. Wonderful book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is superb. A great addition to Mayle's tales of Provence. This reader has read this book a few times, and now with t he movie being released, is going through it again. The greatness of this book (and the author) is in the simplicity. This book doesn't need to be lengthy or use large words, just the occasional French one, and it need not be too complicated. This is a cool tale by a cool writer. One who knows that a good read can be small and fun and light - like how wine makes you feel after a few too many. Readers and watchers of British authors and television will love the way this book reads and feels, like an episode of AS TIME GOES BY or THE LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE. Mayle's capers are meant to be fun and this book tops the list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's not rocket science, but it beats the costs of a trip to France to experience a little tad of the culture. It really is easy going reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Peter Mayle's, and over the years two things impress me. He is the dean of Mediterranean travel writers, and his quality is very consistent. 'A Good Year' is a good read. Mayle weaves his fiction in this book almost as well as his original travel narratives. He spins a nice fictional tale about a young British businessman who has principles and is willing to take a risk. The plot keeps you guessing, and the descriptions of life in Provence (as always with Mayle) are delightful. This is good light reading. I never felt like 'I want the book to be over.' Good entertainment!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was too light and predictable. If you want to escape with a book that includes food & wine , try A Moveable Feast by Hemmingway or The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch.