A Year in Provence

Mayle, Peter (Book - 1990)
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A Year in Provence
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In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.

The questions, discussion topics, and reading list that follow are designed to enhance your group's reading of Peter Mayle's delightful books about life in Provence, where he and his wife bought a two-hundred-year-old stone farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Lubéron Mountains.

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An account of the author's first year in Provence offers many examples of its local cuisine, tips for dealing with French contractors and truffle hunting, and discussions of his eccentric neighbors

Authors: Mayle, Peter
Statement of Responsibility: Peter Mayle ; illustrations by Judith Clancy
Title: A year in Provence
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1990, c1989
Characteristics: 207 p. ; 23 cm.
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain by Hamish Hamilton, Ltd., London, in 1989"--T.p. verso
Local Note: Published also by Vintage Books
Subject Headings: Provence (France) Social life and customs Mayle, Peter Homes and haunts France Provence
LCCN: 89038475
ISBN: 0679731148
Branch Call Number: 944.9 M
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May 05, 2014
  • dmr100 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Funny book that any travel reader or writer will love. This is written in a great narrative style that allows the reader to truly experience Provence first-hand through Peter's eyes.

Jun 23, 2013
  • niceauntie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Humorous and entertaining.

Aug 04, 2012
  • MichelleBees rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

hilarious! keeps you smiling. an awesome summer read.

also good as an audio book

Oct 27, 2009
  • adixonmahatoo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent vacation book. I totally enjoyed the author's style and his gentle and humorous depiction of life in rural Provence.


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Feb 04, 2010
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Aug 27, 2012
  • birchpoint5 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"We learned that time in Provence is a very elastic commodity, even when it is described in clear and specific terms. Un petit quart d'heure means sometime today. Demain means sometime this week. And, the most elastic time segment of all, une quinzaine can mean 3 weeks, 2 months, or next year, but never, ever does it mean 15 days." "...occassionally reinforced by the magic word normalment, a supremely versatile escape clause worthy of an insurance policy.Normalment-providing it doesn't rain, providing the truck hasn't broken down, providing the brother-in-law hasn't borrowed the tool box-is the Provencal builder's equivalent of the fine print in a contract...."


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