A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence

by Peter Mayle
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A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394572307
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1990
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.45(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those who dream of escaping the rat race and "getting away from it all", this is the quintessential experience writ large. In this classic story, author Peter Mayle captures both the uniqueness and quirkiness that is rural France and its people while spinning a tale the reader will quickly fall in love with. From the challenges presented on their arrival through their transition to acceptance, Mayle captures the warp and woof of real life on every page. For those who lovingly treasure their "joie de vivre", this unforgettable book will easily enjoy an honored place on the shelf. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I come from a small village not too far from where the book takes place and that was the cheapest trip back home that I have taken in the past ten years that I have lived in the US. So real and also so simple, I read it on the subway going to work and tears would come to my eyes from the description of the market, the food, the people , their attitude and so many many other things..then two minutes after I would be laughing out loud and people around me would just stare at me. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a simple and genuine good read about Provence. It is written in a very funny, English-humor-tongue in cheek kindda way. Thank you for a great trip and good memories .I could smell and taste Provence from Brooklyn, New York.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book brought back so many great memories of my growing up in Provence. Mr Mayle has done a fantastic job describing the way of life, the passion we have for good food, the scenery, this book definitely makes me homesick for Provence, and also made me laugh so much because only Mr Mayle could explain hunting for truffles so well! I have the movie (4 tapes, one for each season) of a year in Provence, it's hilarious! I highly recommend them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie before I read the book. I have read Provence many times. It seems each time I read it I slip into the adventures involved with moving and following your dreams. I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is to fun to read, I have just moved from Cailf to Ohio so for me this was a nice way to know I'm not alone on learning new ways of life.
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This is an excellent anecdotal book! I'm enjoying every page, wishing all the while that we could buy a home in Provence and live the life of Peter Mayle and his wife! Can't wait to read the sequel! - "Encore Provence"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It told what it is like to live in Provance. Ive been vegetarian 28 years yet constant talj of non vegetarian fiid made me hungry , the cheese and bread. The book was like being in Paris again.
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I began reading this as I was on the airplane to Provence. Very enjoyable story highlighting the beauty and quirkiness of the area. It was great fun to run across a boulle game in progress just as I read that chapter. Delightful!
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julie0903 More than 1 year ago
If so, this book is for you. A couple escape from the hustle and bustle of London to the country life of Provence. Very enjoyable light read.
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