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Notes From the Languedoc

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  3 reviews
It is easy to get to the Languedoc. Follow the Rhone south through France, then once you hit the Mediterranean coast, turn right. The mystery is that for generations, people have been getting to the sea and turning left to Provence. This lack of attention means that the Languedoc is France's last undiscovered Mediterranean secret.

Now Rupert Wright introduces you to the reg
Paperback, 276 pages
Published July 7th 2005 by Ebury Press
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Wright's journo-who-moves-to-France tale is a fairly well trodden path these days - the ex-patriot memoir being pretty much a sub genre of non-fiction publishing; but this is a nice enough jaunt through a bit of South Western France. I know this particular bit of the South West reasonably well so it perhaps had added interest. It's an easy glide through vineyards, olives groves, the Canal du Midi, Cathar castles, bullfighting, cycling, impressionist painters, writers who visited (Durrell, Blixen ...more
This book was OK, but Wright is not a particularly good or evocative writer and I didn't learn very much. But then I have been living in the Languedoc for 12 years :) Surprisingly I found the most interesting part was about the Abbaye de Fontfroide, which I have visited many times, yet Wright still managed to tell me several things I didn't know. At least he doesn't bang on about quaint peasants or house renovations.
Rachel Stimson
A light read in the genre of slightly smug English who have relocated to France. This one is a little better in that there are a few interesting morsels of information about the region. It is light hearted and whitty in places, but won't be going to the top of the re-read or recommend pile.
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