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A Year in Provence (Vintage Departures series) by Peter Mayle. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. was a mas, or farmhouse, built from local stone which two hundred years of and eddies of Provençal: demain became demang, vin became vang, maison. Read "A Year in Provence" by Peter Mayle available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. **National Bestseller ** In this witty.
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Catherine Deneuve b. Brigitte Bardot c. Kim Novak d. Geraldine Page. Shawnna Brigitte Bardor. Does anyone have questions to guide a book discussion on this wonderful book? Pat clark I really enjoyed reading about the adventures of this couple while traveling on my way to California. I found it down to earth and funny. Who could …more I really enjoyed reading about the adventures of this couple while traveling on my way to California. Who could predict the events that might occur while trying to establish oneself in a foreign country and remodel a home at the same time?
Lots of fun tales develop along the way in one couple's life. A light read. See all 5 questions about A Year in Provence…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details.
More filters. Sort order. I read a couple of reviews on goodreads for this book and had to laugh at some of those who felt the book was whiney and written by a rich guy who could afford a super farmhouse with a pool no less! One review said that Mayle went back to England to live. Well — those reviews smack of small minded jealousy. It was kind of like selling your million dollar house in San Francisco and moving to Iowa — you could buy the entire town for the price of your modest house in California.
Anyhow — I just had to say that. Now for the book. I loved this book. I curled up with a glass of wine Chilean, sorry and read this in a couple of evenings. I laughed and laughed and commiserated with the Mayles. The writing is witty and the pace is excellent.
Peter and his wife have left behind their lives in England to move to Provence, buy a farmhouse and settle in to a slower pace of life. The story starts with the formidable paperwork process in buying a house, and reminded me of the process my son has gone through to rent a simple apartment in Brazil.
Frustrating to the point of being funny. Mayle goes on to beautifully describe the climate, which is so different from common knowledge again, very similar to our Brazilian experience ; the absolutely mouthwatering gastronomic descriptions, locals, tourists, and then the never ending quest to fix the house.
At the time it drove us crazy, but now we look back at those times with a bit more fondness. In any case, Mayle brings the area to life, and does so in a light engaging way. View all 17 comments.
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Jan 13, Jen rated it it was ok Shelves: I learned that: With enough money you can relocate to Provence and buy a year old farmhouse with mossy swimming pool, problematic pipes, and a wine cave backing up to the Luberon mountains. Wait, it gets worse! Once you do this everyone who has ever vaguely heard your name and Provence together in the same sentence will attempt to visit whilst you are having a hell of a time fixing the charming antiquated house and bicycling into town.
Hard times. Tragedy strikes! Everythi Hmmm Everything in Provence moves at a slower pace- including uninvited house guest departures and the guys you hired to remodel your soon to be awesome Provencal place. You are to be pitied, poor thing, having been forced to survive on mostly fresh breads, herbed cheeses, and the occasional sausage.
A Year in Provence
It can be rough rumbling around in an old car looking for great places to eat. It is a daunting task you face after finding them, having to stuff your face with delicacies drizzled with truffle sauce. The somewhat backwards, rough, but ultimately charming locals are worth talking to- you never know if they'll tell you about how to choose a pig for hunting truffles or inform you that they've booby trapped the area from foreign campers. How quaint, the poor dears! Truly, life in Provence can prove to be much tougher than it seems.
But give it a year or so before you decide to go home- at the very least, wait until you have managed to have your grapes harvested by the guy that works your vines-you've got to have your own wine to drink with your breads and cheeses to give you the strength to go on. View all 27 comments. Nov 06, Margitte rated it really liked it Shelves: The next best thing to living in France, is to read this book. Loved it! It is the first book in this genre which provided a complete picture of life in a rural French town by two Brits moving there.
View 1 comment. Chiens de chasse are too specialised to be bought and sold across a counter, and we were told that no serious hunter would consider buying a pup without first meeting both parents. Judging by some of the hunting dogs we had seen, we could imagine that finding the father might have been difficult, but among all the hybrid curiosities there were three more or less identifiable types - the liver -coloured approximation of a large spaniel, the stretched beagle, and the tall, rail-thin hound with the Chiens de chasse are too specialised to be bought and sold across a counter, and we were told that no serious hunter would consider buying a pup without first meeting both parents.
Judging by some of the hunting dogs we had seen, we could imagine that finding the father might have been difficult, but among all the hybrid curiosities there were three more or less identifiable types - the liver -coloured approximation of a large spaniel, the stretched beagle, and the tall, rail-thin hound with the wrinkled, lugubrious face p. It is well known that many a British patriot will given a chance buy a residence in France and live there, the homeland easier maybe to love from a safe distance, this seemed to be particularly so when types who had made money on account of the deregulation and privatisations of the s moved to France where life was more as it had been in the s or earlier.
This it turns out wasn't quite true of Mayle who had made his packet of money in advertising in New York, but this book became emblematic of the aspiration of a generation - to sell up, move to France and enjoy the food and drink. This book established itself as the basic and apparently near infinitely repeatable model for books and tv series of metropolitan Englishman heads to foreign country or non-metropolitan part of Britain buys old building which is potentially bucolic, spends a year getting it repaired while getting to know the locals, who are amusingly eccentric with delightful physical or sartorial quirks.
Perhaps in a nod to Mayle's background in advertising the book is shorter than typical, minus the illustrations maybe under pages while I guess the typical book of this genre is more in the region of pages.
As adverts may do it leads to the curl of the lips without leading to full amusement the above section on dogs I felt the funniest in the entire book. This is very efficient writing. Also true to the genre, change is all on the surface, the only adaptation to local habits is that he takes up the triple kiss as standard greeting. Mayle is curiously present and absent from the book - obviously he is the central figure but we learn nothing about him or his wife who really could have been a man or a particularly clingy kangaroo as far as I could tell from the text, they have some French unusually for this genre in which humorous inability to communicate with locals may be a key plot point but they struggle with the way French people speak it.
At the same time Mayle is the measure of all humanity - the degree of deviation from Mayle is equal to the extent to which the person is amusingly original or eccentric. A thoughtful publisher could have provided a graphic to illustrate this so we can appreciate precisely how much the guy with bad teeth who eats foxes is funnier than the plumber who always wears a seasonally appropriate hat.
The narrative structure of a year is strong and simple, but as each month contains detailed recollections of the places they visited, meals eaten and how much they cost I wondered how accurate and honest this was. The most curious feature to my mind was money, and the details of what things cost - million franc houses, 1, francs for a custom made stone table, the price of restaurant meals.
Then one got about eight to nine francs for the UK pound so there is the undercurrent that one can live better than a Lord and eat better than the Queen for modest sums of cash money. At the same time he doesn't tell us how much his own house cost or the cost of installing central heating - this is all about living the dream view spoiler [ provided you dream of living of living in a stone farm house in Provence and eating fantastic restaurant food at modest prices hide spoiler ] Perhaps more insidiously it suggests that the good life can be bought rather than cultivated - just the kind of sneaky message one has to expect from an advertising man.
There's no sense of why he went to Provence or of developing a connection to it, beyond it as a place where amusing locals live, and beyond food and drink no appreciation of it either except as having better weather than Britain. So its as shallow as a dream too, but easy reading about full fat living. Curiously the same is true about wine which exists for Mayle as white, pink, red and champagne. This despite owning some vines in an appellation controlee and a habit of buying wine direct from producers one of whom speaks lovingly of how micro differences in the vineyard produce differences in the wine.
Still Mayle does not open up to us about Terroir - this is an advert, the product has to be simple and seductive, you can't be frightening the punter with complexity and the whole book is shaped by Kiss- as in keep it simple, son - rather than being a modern evocation of Epicureanism.
I did learn however that lemon juice freshly squeezed over ants encourages them to move their nest site - very useful if they take up residence in your electricity meter cupboard. View all 36 comments. Sep 30, Leftbanker rated it did not like it Recommends it for: People who wear fanny packs and read Conde Nast travel publications. The book has a wonderful premise in which a British guy and his wife move to the south of France and begin a new life.
It is mostly the tedious description of the work he does on an old house and has little to do with France. I give almost everything here five stars. Please explain to me why this book was popular? After I finished reading this I didn't think that I had learned a single thing about life in France.
I found zero sense of adventure in what he had to say about France. I rate this book down there with Under the Tuscan Sun. View all 7 comments. May 09, David rated it liked it Shelves: I've read quite a few negative reviews of this book, many of them focusing on the author's presumption in being able to afford a home in Provence and the reviewers' consequent inability to "relate" to him.
Others see it as "trite" and not at all what they were expecting.
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Well, balderdash. I found this to be a very entertaining account of the first year in a new home and a new country, with all the explorations, discoveries, disappointments, triumphs and failures that go along with it. Would it b I've read quite a few negative reviews of this book, many of them focusing on the author's presumption in being able to afford a home in Provence and the reviewers' consequent inability to "relate" to him.
Would it be a good basis for discussion in a book group? Probably not. Was it enlightening, or did it change the way I think about things? Can't say that it was, or did. But the author's dry wit, talent for understatement, and occasional eloquence painted an interesting picture of life in Provence, with characters that were by turn amusing, infuriating, puzzling, and human. This book did a great job of carrying me away from Michigan into a place I've never been and experiences I'll likely never have.
It was fun! Oct 01, Dave rated it liked it. This is a fun book that is literally about the first year Mayle spent in his new home in Provence. The chapters are divided into months, so a reader gets to enjoy with Mayle the seasonal changes of this beautiful region of France. Mayle understands the importance of gastronomy to the French and his food descriptions are a well written part of his story.
Mayle mentions in passing, in an almost disparaging way, people of affluence buying up property in Southern France. This perspective was interes This is a fun book that is literally about the first year Mayle spent in his new home in Provence.
This perspective was interesting because it says more about Mayle than it does about those other rich people. It seems that Mayle considers himself more a part of the local population than a foreign "Lord of the Manor" type. It made me wonder what the locals really thought of Mayle and his wife. The book is engagingly written and funny in parts; filled with memorable characters.
Occasionally, these characters descended to the level of caricature however, so that sometimes the story read more like "Green Acres--The Continental Version. Simply because, at that time, he didn't know they existed! But not to worry. To spontaneously cycle the French Country backroads. With no fixed itinerary. Tasting the land and the people as well as the food and wine.
Even on the French Riviera! He did. And he continued, year after year. Not a book on French Cooking or shudder French Diet mind you, but a "behind the scenes" account of his filming adventures. And his many encounters with French Wine. Christopher Strong certainly isn't the first person to write a book about travelling through France by Bicycle.
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