From vantage points as varied as the Cannes Film Festival, the "caves" at Chateauneuf-du-Pape and the Menerbes Dog Show, this book show that life in the Provence is far from the quiet and uneventful existence suggested by those postcards of empty villages and picturesque peasants. All kinds of characters are lurking in the lavender: estate agents, ...
From vantage points as varied as the Cannes Film Festival, the "caves" at Chateauneuf-du-Pape and the Menerbes Dog Show, this book show that life in the Provence is far from the quiet and uneventful existence suggested by those postcards of empty villages and picturesque peasants. All kinds of characters are lurking in the lavender: estate agents, a disgraced gendarme, reporters from "Vogue" and hot off the autoroute and baying for social activity, the summer invaders. This is the sequel to "A Year in Provence".
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Mayle lets us in on his life in a big way, describing the everyday joys and irritations about living and writing the dream life in France. With a lyrical writing voice, it is more than just a travel book. It is a solid piece of literary prowess, best read in the sun so you can at least close your eyes and pretend you're doing France in the summer. Warning: it will make you want to get the wheelbarrow full of paperwork ready for such a move and go there yourself.
Publishers Weekly, 1992-04-20 British author Mayle shares his adventures in France's Midi in an enchanting book that stayed on PW 's hardcover bestseller list for 19 weeks. His new book, Acquired Tastes , will be published by Bantam in May. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1991-05-10 After writing A Year in Provence , Mayle and his family have made themselves at home in the Midi, as these new tales reveal. The British author infuses his adventures with natural humor, whether the subject is larking with Provencal pals, an epicurean diner sur l'herbe , the tangy wine of the countryside, a concert by Pavarotti. Each account is pure enchantment. But Mayle exhibits anger too, particularly when reporting on the undetectable wretch who sets fires impossible to contain during the season of the mistral. Overall, however, the book features the satisfactions of life with good friends and fresh discoveries in that lovely part of France. Reading about them is the next best thing to being in the Midi, where almost ``every prospect pleases.'' (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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