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Chasing Cezanne

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  2,520 ratings  ·  203 reviews
Our hero, glamorous art photographer Andre Kelly, is on assignment for glamorous DQ Magazine--run by the glamorous Camilla Porter--in Cape Ferrat on the (you guessed it) glamorous Côte d'Azur. Snooping around an ancestral pile for some snaps, by chance he spies Old Claude, the ancient retainer of the immensely wealthy Denoyer family, packing the family Cezanne into a plumb ...more
Published June 4th 1998 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published December 12th 1991)
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Matt Kuhns
Another slow read, mostly as a result of frequent over-cuteness and plain old annoyance.

On the surface, this one should have been very well-suited to my tastes. I love caper stories. It seems that much of the appeal is ruined, however, when all of the lead characters in the caper story are already well-to-do, fashionable and near-insufferably smug with their own fabulousness. Toward the end of the story, when one of these smirking, sophisticated Manhattanites is suddenly and unconvincingly tran
I tried reading this book years ago and just couldn't get into it - this surprised me because I am a big fan of Peter Mayle's non-fiction writing about his life in France, and in general I like a good art heist story. So, I decided to try again. I had a little more luck this second time around, but still found that the story failed to really hold my attention. The basic story line is that a magazine photographer who takes pictures of the homes and art of the rich and famous, finds himself photog ...more
Chasing Cézanne is a lighthearted, quick read novel that takes us from New York City, Bahamas, England, Paris and the south of France. Professional photographer Andre Kelly has just completed an assignment in the south of France. Rather than heading straight back to wintry NYC, he decides to drop in on some people he met on another assignment. He soon realizes that no one is home, but then notices that the Denoyer's handy man "Old Claude" is helping to load a Cézanne in a plumber's truck. Someth ...more
Andre Kelly is a freelance photographer who does a lot of work for a decorating magazine. While in France he stops by a house where he shot pictures in the past and sees a Cezanne being loaded into a plumbers truck. Andre then becomes obsessed, for no apparent reason, with finding out why this happened. Even after getting a perfectly valid explanation from the paintings owner he is still obsessed with it.
I wouldn't classify this book as a thriller. It's mostly Andre travelling around wondering
I loved this book from the very beginning. I love how Mayle changed up a little bit from his other books and Made the Cezanne painting the other character in the book. Typically it is wine or food, but this one took a different turn. The painting became this forbidden woman that everyone wanted and could not have. This one by far is by favorite Mayle book, or until I find the next one that is just as good.
Honestly, it was silly. I expected better of the renowned travel writer.

Typical elements involved: Fashionable New York living, trips to Paris, fancy meals and drinks, falling in love with a beautiful woman, rich & sympathetic patron, nasty bad guys, somehow invincible good guys, art theft using a local delivery van.

Unusual elements: The narrative switched viewpoints among nearly all the characters involved, so we know what's going on in everyone's heads. ... and that's all I can come up wi
I grabbed this book for free at The Book Thing (haven't heard of it? GOOGLE)...because it took place in France and it was written by "the GREAT" Peter Mayle...I have never been a fan of this writer, but he seems to be adored, so a book of his for free? I thought I'd grab it and try to figure out why he is soooooo popular. Flash forward a year and a half....I am stuck at my Dad's house in the middle of nowhere with nothing to I go into my boxes of stuff and located my box of "books to ...more
Suanne Laqueur
I think I’ve figured out Peter Mayle’s style: Start with England or America. Add one out-of-luck or down-at-heart bachelor with a heart of gold and cosmopolitan tastes. Add a believable reason to go to the south of France, throw in a girl and some lunch and some sort of scam. Let the adventure begin.

Both Chasing Cezanne and Anything Considered follow this pattern (in Cezanne the scam involves a stolen painting; in Anything it’s the truffle industry at stake), but Mayle writes so wonderfully, so
I didn't realise Mayle wrote novels as well. I picked this up at the Naseby book sale and it was an ok holiday read without getting too cerebral!! I had to laugh that half way through the book the central character Andre suffered a typo and became Andrew for a minute!! I dutifully scribbled out the w. How could that happen!!!
Mildly amusing book- I still think that Mayle was at his best with A Year in Provence. It was interesting to see him take a stab at another genre. There were moments that reminded me too much of the magazine industry as portrayed in The Devil Wears Prada but on the whole, the spoof pulls off just fine.
OK story of art forger.
What happens when a Cezanne is forged twice.
Fairly uninspired.
Light entertainment, some nice descriptions of art. The ending was abrupt and left a lot of questions unanswered. The most enjoyable part of the book was the description of Paris and the French countryside--and the food!
Julie Barrett
Chasing Cezanne by Peter Mayle
Travel, adventure and photography, art world, via world wide fascinates me and love the tale and trails.
Andre is the photographer and his place is ransacked and all photo equipment, film, etc is gone but other electronic things remain intact.
All relates to the pictures of the item he was sent overseas to photograph.
Food and how those in Paris can eat all the meals they do for hours and not get fat.
Love the car chases.
I received this book from National Library Servic
P.A. Pursley
This book has been on my shelf for years so I finally decided to read it. I picked it up because of the cover and the title. It is an interesting book about artwork, art dealers, and art forgery. The writing was okay with the author using third person omniscient so he jumped from one character to another. For me, the reading is a little difficult to follow when the authors do that. I did enjoy the story and the characters. If you like a little adventure with your art - this book is for you!
I really did enjoy this book and would have given it a 3.5 had I been able. This is the first book of Peter Mayle's that I have read, and I will definitely read him again. This is the story of Andre Kelley, a photographer that shoots interiors for a decorating magazine. While on assignment in Nice, he decides to go visit some friends on Cap Ferrat. When he arrives there he finds them not at home, but sees their famous Cezanne painting being loaded into a plumbers van. He finds this highly suspic ...more
Peter Mayle combines a pleasant page-turning way of taking you to delightful places (lots of France, of course) where mostly pleasant people do pleasant things (like eat good food and drink a lot) with a rather lazy approach to plotting and development. The net effect was that I kept reading, and ended up dissatisfied and mildly pissed off at him. It's been a while since I've read one of his books, and it'll be a long time before I read another...
Per Zufall wird der Fotograf Kelly Zeuge, dass ein berühmtes Bild aus einer exklusiven Villa abtransportiert wird. Dies lässt ihm keine Ruhe, er vermutet einen Diebstahl und versucht, der Sache auf den Grund zu gehen. Doch dies ist nicht ganz ungefährlich.
Das Buch lebt vor allem von den Beschreibungen der Landschaften, den idyllischen Umgebungen und zuletzt auch von den exquisiten, schmackhaften Mahlzeiten, die immer wieder aufgetischt werden. Dabei ist der Schreibstil locker und leicht, manchma
Tamara Dahling
I loved Peter Mayle's Provence books so when a friend loaned me this book, I figured I couldn't go wrong. It's a good, pleasant, light read; certainly not great lit, but mildly entertaining and amusing. It follows the foibles of a photographer, a magazine owner, an art forger, and good many other interesting characters, with the normal twists & turns one would expect from a madcap mystery. The ending seemed a bit of a stretch, and a bit rushed, but what the heck?! If you want an entertaining ...more
This one is set in Provence, Paris, and NYC and it's a light comic caper about a stolen Cezanne. The comedy is mostly subtle and I would say it is more of a FUN read than a truly outrageously comical read, but the dialogue and the situations the characters find themselves in provide enough humor to cause a giggle or two now and then. The plot is easygoing and a little convoluted, though it doesn't matter because the "ride" of the story is much more fun than the story itself. A Cezanne painting i ...more
Easy and elegant writing define this smart and fast mystery novel. Early on we meet photographer Andre Kelly, a smart and suave ladies man. While on assignment he notices a rather odd happening and photographs it. A priceless Cezanne painting has been loaded carelessly into the back of a van. Andre is immediately suspicious and soon contacts the once he contacts the paintings owner he knows the owner is lying and thus the quest begins. Finding a charming and well respected art dealer in Cyrus Pi ...more
So far really good and a quick read. Is the Cezanne missing? If yes, why? Taken into the heart of the art world. Mayle impresses the reader with his knowledge of various fields once again.

Quick read that kept me busy while lying in bed ill with all by body parts aching. A photographer accidentally sees a Cezanne being moved from the home of a wealthy client into a van, and with his attempts to solve the mystery of this strange scene, he interacts with varied characters, encounters he wrath of se
Had Sidney Sheldon handled this, "Chasing Cezanne" would have been one of those typical crime capers spread across two continents with the ample doses of gunshots, sex and intrigue. But with Mayle's handling, what we get is a languid piece of work which focuses less on the plot and more on the art of 'high living'.

A photographer whose job it is to snap up the interiors of the rich and mighty for a glossy magazine chances upon a Cezanne being secretly shifted from a house in France. Realization s
A professional photographer accidentally stumbles upon the heist of a Cézanne, spurring a country-hopping caper. Like all of Mayle’s books, this is a meandering foray of a story with little in the way of excitement. Admittedly, the more I read his books, the less charming I find them: they are a bit too relaxed and a bit too repetitive. As I read this book, I kept thinking of cotton candy: how the first bite is wonderful but subsequent bites are little more than sickeningly sweet fluff. I like g ...more
Ryan Chapman
Apr 23, 2007 Ryan Chapman rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Idiots in grocery stores
After reading only literary fiction, it is nice to get some contrast with something more mainstream like this book. I would go into the numerous faults in this novel, which cares more about the meals its characters eat than their psychology, but that would be like picking apart the mise-en-scène in the Jackass films: this is a book that's never meant to be read in such a harsh light. I also have a hard time deciding whether it's heartening or depressing that such trash is so successful in our cu ...more
Rosemarie Bentgen
Nice change of venue from a Log Bar on the shores of Lake Superior with a Rutabaga Pasty in one hand and a Canadian Moleson's in the other to Café Les Deux Maggots sipping Puilly Fuisse with the garlicky Escargot on your plate!! I needed that!!!
As with AYear in Provence, Mayle's descriptions of Paris, Provence and French gastronomical delights are superb, however this attempt at a "thriller" leaves something to be desired. It was generally a fun read but I found the ending to be less than satisfying.
I had high hopes for this one as I was definitely in the mood for a light and entertaining romp about a jet setting photographer who gets mixed up with the theft of a Cezanne. I guess the one thing going for it is that it's short. It was over quickly but not before I wondered if I could be bothered following through with the farcical plot and caricatures. Unless you're stuck on a plane for a few hours with nothing else handy I wouldn't bother with. Life's too short.

I've just noticed that Peter
Petr Bolek
Další autorův pokus o detektivku. Ale zloduch je znám od začátku, zločin dokonale popsán v první třetině knihy, zápletka nanicovatá. Takže to raděj ani vůbec nečtěte.
Nebo jo?
Jasně, že jo. Tohle nejsou knihy o zločinu, ty dneska píše kde kdo (i Vievegh - tedy on si to myslí, že je to o zločinu). Z téhle knihy na vás dýchne kouzlo Francie (tentokrát nejen Provence). Budete si připadat, že jste na známých místech i když jste tam nikdy nebyli. Budete přesně vědět jak to které jídlo a víno chutná.
Rob Innis
From what started to be a promising plot it petered out into a complete disappointment with some highly improbable and at times pathetic plot lines.
Got this book at the local used bookstore. Now I realized why I hadn't read before. Not inspired. Food descriptions did make me hungry, though!
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Peter Mayle (born June 14, 1939 in Brighton) is a British author famous for his series of books detailing life in Provence, France. He spent fifteen years in advertising before leaving the business in 1975 to write educational books, including a series on sex education for children and young people. In 1989, A Year in Provence was published and became an international bestseller. His books have be ...more
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