A Year in Provence (Provence #1)
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
1. With enough money you can relocate to Provence and buy a 200 year old farmhouse with mossy swimming pool, problematic pipes, and a wine cave backing up to the Luberon mountains. Wait, it gets worse!
2. 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.
3. Tragedy strikes! Everythi...more
It’s sad to think that there are probably dozens of great books about people who have moved to France that were rejected by publishers so they could take this book, which is completely devoid of insights, and shove it down our throats. 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. I think most people who read this book didn’t need much more than that. It is mostly the tedious description of the work he does on an old house...more
Mayle mentions in passing, in an almost disparaging way, people of affluence buying up property in Southern France. This perspective was interes...more
1 week or so later...
So I've finished it, and although it had its moments where I chuckled a bit, I really didn't find it to be the incredible, evocative travel writing that it had been cracked up to be. The food descriptions were probably the strongest part, and I have to admit I did find my mouth watering on occasion....more
A Year In Provence is suitably divided into twelve chapters, each devoted to one month, January through December, staging the progress of renovations on Peter and M...more
This book had me ready to go on vacation in Provence. Notice that I don't say "move to Provence." I would starve. All those lovingly written descriptions of French food left me cold. I could survive for a week or two thou...more
Well, this was a very charming read. The whole "o hay we moved 2 provence, awesome rite?" thing wasn't nearly as obnoxious as I thought it was going to be, although I still think these travelogues are highly masturbatory in nature. Peter Mayle has a light touch with a pen (I think I read the whole thing in under five hours), and a real flair for characterisation. I admire a man who can sketch a portrait in a sentence, like this bit describing his uncle, for example: "'Puke in private,...more
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...more
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Cover Impressions: I really enjoy the mish-mash of elements in this cover.
The Gist: Peter Mayle and his wife have visited Provence several times and fallen in love with the picturesque countryside and the relaxed style of life. They have decided to take the jump and buy a property there. Peter chronicles their first year in their new home.
Review: This was a book club pick and not something I would normally have chosen for myself. The...more
The book was divided into twelve chapters by month. It was a very easy read and often made me hungry as much of the story is about French food. Unfortunately, I f...more
I'm not really sure how to rate this book - it's a wonderful book with lively writing peppered with similes. The book is populated by wonderful characters from Provence who are drawn without criticism but revealed for all of their quirks and human-ness. Mayle obviously loves people and loves Provence and that...more
Besides possessing all the qualities of an ideal lunch companion – it is essential to be in the process of eating whilst reading the book; otherwise to you are at risk of gnawing off your own foot.
The Provencal menu...more
::: The Dream :::
Mayle and his wife live out a dream come true, dropping everything, selling their home, and moving full-time to Provence, a region of France gener...more
I loved this charming book. My interest was stirred by the Russell Crowe film A Good Year which was based on Mr. Mayle's book. The movie is heartwarming, witty, and full of sweet charm, and tjh. Naturally I had to seek out the author of the book from which the movie was adapted. In doing so, I bought all of the other books written by Peter Mayle an ex-patriot Englishman living the life we all want to live in Provence.
Thus I began the first of his books A YEAR IN...more
Единствената сериозна разлика, която долових, е меракът - вероятно пораждащ се в хора, които са надвили на масрафа, а у нас такива са малко. Ако повече хора в нашата провинция са по-спокойни за препитанието си, ще има душевен ресор за мераклийски неща: вино, ракия, храна, зимнина, шарлан, петмез, празненства...
Авторът има много приятен изказ, книгата е увлекателна, макар че сюжетът е доста рехав, леко пътеписно-дневн...more
Peter Mayle writes with ease and eloquence, and reading this book in a comfortable chair in a patch of dappled sunlight is akin to being there! Mayle writes about the trials and tribulations he encounters in pursuit of a long-dreamed-of life in France with such humour and affection that the lazy pace of life if evident throughout. It takes real effort at times to realise that this rose-tint...more
Grāmata jauka, asprtātīga. Par to kā angļu ģimene iedzīvojas Provansā, kā viņi palēnām aprod ar provansiešu dzīvesveidu. Seko viena komiska situācija pēc otras. Vietām tiešām var pārsmieties.
Vairāk informācijas par ēdienu ir vienīgi pavārgrāmatās. Seko gari jo gari ēdienu pagatavošanas apstāsti, puse dienas tiek pavadīta ēdot. Iespējams, ka tas traucē tikai retajam. Par garšīgu ēdienu uzskatu siermaizes un izmantoju tikai 2 garšvielas- sāli un piparus, un reizēm gatavoju tikai tāpēc, ka jē...more
It makes me want to puke. What’s that I taste? Envy? Well, I’m puking nonetheless.
I do not believe that the author intended to write a book with a plot. Nor do I believe that he intended to provoke our sympathies by simply recounting the various day to day activities of renovation of the house and exploration of the country. There was no underlying tone of "feel sorry for us". I did, however, find myself thinking, may I be so lucky as to have the problems faced by this obviously wealthy couple.
He did what he set out to do, kept a simple and...more
I particularly liked and could sense the frustrations (yet was it really frustrating?) of remodeling a 200-year-old farmhouse in Provence. This Peter Mayle has a writing style that was...more
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We sat back, thankful that we had been able to finish, and watched with something close to panic as plates were wiped yet again and a huge, steaming casserole was placed on the table. This was the specialty of Madame our hostess - a rabbit civet of the richest, deepest brown - and our feeble requests for small portions were smilingly ignored. We ate it. We ate the green salad with knuckles of bread fried in garlic and olive oil, we ate the plump round crottins of goat's cheese, we ate the almond and cream gateau that the daughter of the house had prepared. That night, we ate for England.”