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Instruções para Visitantes

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Uma pequena vila no sul de frança é o lugar eleito por uma jovem inglesa. Aí encontra a casa perfeita, o modo de vida que lhe assenta na perfeição e um amor que - com todas as imperfeições - continua a ser o laço mais dificil de romper.
No romance de Helen Stevenson desfilam as singulares personagens da vila: Stefan, um maoísta convicto que vive á custa da mulher e passa o
Paperback, 216 pages
Published July 2003 by Publicações Europa - América (first published 2001)
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Feb 11, 2011 Birgit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In her memoir Helen Stevenson writes about her time living in a small town in France. Ever read a book you were totally torn about? Were you just couldn't say whether you liked it or not? This is such a book for me. The story, as fleeting as a summer breeze, didn't draw me in at all. Neither her description of the town and its people, nor her life in the village or her affair with Luc. Add that the story is divided into chapters that follow their own timeline and are thus quite confusing.
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Subtitle: Life and Love in a French Town. This is a memoir of the author’s experiences as a young British expatriate living in a village near the Spanish border.

Her writing is very atmospheric and I really felt as if I were in the French countryside. I loved the way she described certain people or scenes: “ …she had the face of someone put together by a police artist.” But I have to admit I was somewhat frustrated by her head-over-heels feeling for Luc – cowboy, painter, dentist and lothario. H
Tracey Warr
Jul 07, 2016 Tracey Warr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is there always an edge of jealousy when reading a travel memoir? By default the author is somewhere we want to be. Helen Stevenson’s Instructions for Visitors is the story of her time spent living in a small French town in the Pyrenees close to the Spanish border. The book’s title and the section titles – ‘Instructions, First Impressions, Useful Background, Local Life, Visitors, Leaving’ - groom us to expect a useful manual for travellers, but very early on the travelogue is hijacked by another ...more
Paula Dembeck
In this memoir, the author chronicles her experience as a young British expatriate living in the countryside in France. She introduces us to all the residents of the quaint hamlet known only as "the village". One of these is Luc, the cowboy/painter and part time dentist who becomes enamoured with her. A hard book to get into-the beginning seemed to wander in circles, but it gradually draws you in.
Cate Earnshaw
Mar 19, 2013 Cate Earnshaw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Beautiful prose about a doomed affair with a man, and the question of whether an affair with a country can ever end well.
Lyrical phrases to linger over, shame the storey didnt grip me so deeply. Sadly not more than the sum if it's parts, though the parts are individually delightful.
Holiday read travelling by train to/from Nice, not far from the book's setting.
Jan 17, 2010 Bachyboy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young Englishwoman settles in a French village near the Spanish border, escaping a failed marriage. The book is cleverly set in three time periods and is crammed with interesting personalities, centred around Luc her dentist/farmer/artist lover. A really well written memoir.
Feb 19, 2008 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Xenophobes and anti-French
Peter Mayle must wish he written "Oh yet another year somewhere in France" as, if it had sold as many copies as this rubbish had, he'd be even richer.
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This was an engaging travel memoir/ personal memoir.
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