Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling French

Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling French

by Paul Shore


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Do you enjoy laughing while rekindling fond travel memories? You are going to love Uncorked because Paul Shore’s wry wit and big heart will spark flashbacks of your own travel adventures.

Shore’s storytelling humorously celebrates the “uncorking” of many of France’s most cherished traditions --- learning to play boules under the clandestine cover of darkness; cheese-plate etiquette; drinking before noon; and dodging exhaled cigarette smoke!

Paul also uncovers personal awakenings about the value of following paths-less-travelled, and slowing down to smell-the-roses. All while, his self-deprecating humor and sincere respect for the value of traditions enable him to make friends and gain acceptance within a quirky foreign culture.

And, triggered by living for a year in the village of the great artist Marc Chagall, Shore also reflects on the challenges that all newcomers face in their adopted lands.

TREAT YOURSELF TODAY to some laughter and fond reminiscing!

Praise for Uncorked:

Recently earned acclaim from the prestigious Next Generation Indie Book Awards, as a Finalist in the Travel Category.

“Exactly the type of book I crave...only better! Shore's writing immediately feels like you're on a tour with a friend who tells it like it is. His self-deprecating humor and humility make it no wonder that he found a way to ingratiate himself into a tight-knit community in the south of France and enjoy life as a local.”

--- “Sandy Abrams, entrepreneur, author of Your Idea, Inc, and Huffington Post blogger

"Like a wry cross between Bill Bryson and Dave Bidini, Paul Shore’s funny, self-deprecating and wholesome recounting of a year spent in Provence is one part travelogue, one part self-help guide, and one part memoir. Uncorked is just like a good French wine: light, delicious, and full of flavour."

--- Grant Lawrence, CBC broadcaster and author of Adventures in Solitude

“A computer geek in the South of France? What could go wrong? With remarkable storytelling skill, Shore brings to life a time and place where community, simplicity and a slower pace were revered — a younger generation's A Year in Provence.”

--- Sarah Bancroft, writer of the blog A Year in Paris

Shore’s light-hearted story takes you to a place where the simple joys in life are what matters. During my Man in Motion World Tour 30 years ago, I wish I could have slowed down as Paul did.”

--- Rick Hansen, founder and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780981347417
Publisher: Paul Shore
Publication date: 03/20/2017
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 245,220
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Paul Shore is an award winning author and technology industry veteran, who has worked around the globe. His second book, "Uncorked", is an Amazon Best Seller; winner of the Whistler Writers Festival Independent Book Award; and a Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist. Paul's drive to embrace new challenges has seen him involved in a variety of pursuits. After the software startup he was with in France was acquired by computer chip maker Broadcom in 1999, Paul returned to Vancouver and led the company's voice-over-internet group for years. Marrying a talent for business with a passion for sport and community, Shore pursued a role in the world of sports and spent an inspiring, and at times physically risky, few years working for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He has also regularly dedicated energy to volunteerism, while living in Whistler with his wife and children and exploring the mountains and ocean of the coast.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS A Little Background 1 Prologue · Watching Silently 2 1 · A Mysterious Game 6 2 · Picture Postcard 16 3 · You Need a Sponsor 22 4 · A Clandestine Affair 32 5 · Culture Shock 42 6 · Initiation by Gendarmes 52 7 · Go Buy Balls 66 8 · What's a Vernissage? 76 9 · Becoming a Riverain 84 10 · Stepping Into the Light 98 11 · Mind Games 106 12 · Not So Lost in Translation 116 13 · Welcome to the Circle 130 14 · Il a le Sens du Jeu 140 15 · Joie de Vivre 150 Epilogue · Déjà Vu 156 A Closing Note 163

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Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling French 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
Interesting and written with dry wit, this little book gives a window into the observations and involvement of a year spent in the South of France. He quietly worms his way into a regional game played by locals, good thing that he is Canadian and fluent in language if not dialect. Nice low key read which clearly conveys his love and respect for the people he met.