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Toujours Provence (Provence #2)

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Taking up where his beloved A Year in Provence leaves off, Peter Mayle offers us another funny, beautifully (and deliciously) evocative book about life in Provence. With tales only one who lives there could know—of finding gold coins while digging in the garden, of indulging in sumptuous feasts at truck stops—and with characters introduced with great aff
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Jan 24, 2013 Radostina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Симпатична и приятна за четене книга, даваща прекрасна възможност на "книжните пътешественици" като мен да получат доза бягство от забързания ни начин на живот. С характерното си свежо чувство за хумор, познато ни от "Една година в Прованс", Питър Мейл продължава да обрисува живописно ежедневието си на англичанин, предпочел безвремието на френския юг пред вечно мрачната британска действителност. Прелиствайки страниците, почти можеш да усетиш аромата на лавандуловите храсти, да си представиш вкус ...more
Tanya Nekrasova
Jul 11, 2016 Tanya Nekrasova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Еще одна душевная книга про Прованс. Очень понравились эти маленькие истории про людей, про традиции, про еду и вино. Эх, махнуть бы сейчас туда на недельку, другую!
Mar 05, 2008 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Mayle writes about characters: Monsieur X, the truffle hunter; Massot with his metal detector; Boy, the dog, who ate the seat belt on his first car trip (and who apparently now has his own book, A Dog's Life). In Mayle's hands, the place of Provence and the French language become characters as well. From musing about Pavarotti's dinner to learning about the history of pastis, everything about this book is cheering. I've enjoyed all the other books by Mayle that I've read (A Year in Provenc ...more
Cyndy Aleo
May 20, 2011 Cyndy Aleo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
After rereading A Year in Provence, my next logical book to read was Toujours Provence, Peter Mayle's follow-up to the wildly successful A Year in Provence. To be honest, while I could remember reading the first book, I had no recollection of reading Toujours Provence and now I remember why.

::: When a Sequel Isn't a Sequel :::

A Year in Provence dealt with Mayle and his wife's move to Provence, near the Lubéron, their struggles with the language, their interesting neighbors, and the renovations t
Mar 20, 2011 Jaclyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just discovered Peter Mayle last fall when I traveled to Provence, but now I think it's safe to say that I'm obsessed and I simply can't resist anything he has written. (Okay, I haven't tried any of his fiction, although it's on the list.) While Toujours Provence isn't my favorite of his travelogues (that would always have to be A Year In Provence, it's still delightful. And who could say no to more Provence? More truffle-eating adventures, more wine, more silly local antics, more legendary me ...more
Feb 21, 2016 Olesya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One more book by Peter Mayle and one more lesson of French life, love, habits and people's character. It's a light and pleasant book that you don't want to finish and can't put down in the same time. While reading it I even wanted to send a letter to the author thanking him for such a wonderful view over his "neighbourhood" and such an optimistic lifestyle with a great sense of humour that made me laugh out loud several times. But after learning that he already got lots of letters and met with l ...more
Feb 19, 2008 Toria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Peter Mayle writes about his daily life in Provence. It continues where a A Year in Provence leaves off. It is a great read and really made me want to travel to that region of France. I definitely want to read his other books as well.
Sep 16, 2014 Red rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Опять уютно, вкусно, хочется съездить. Но собак не люблю.
"Возможно, из-за этих неожиданных поворотов, ловушек и подвохов французский язык на протяжении столетий считался языком дипломатии — занятия, в котором простота и ясность не только не необходимы, но и нежелательны. Многозначность фразы, всяческие экивоки и уловки чреваты для дипломата меньшими неприятностями, чем ясное, недвусмысленное выражение, понимаемое однозначно. Дипломат, по Алексу Дрейеру, — это «человек, который дважды подумает
Fun, little stories from the man that brought us, A Year in Provence. I love books that immerse me in a different culture. Oh, how the French enjoy their food :)
Jun 22, 2014 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travelogue
I started this yesterday morning and found myself becoming tipsy and satiated on the prose of the food & drink of Provence. In truth toward the end of the book the food prose was getting to be too much. He also introduces us to more local characters. My favorite chapters include the passage of the Singing Toads of St. Pantaleon and his birthday picnic on turning 50, his encounters with fans of his books and the stray dog they called ‘Boy’ they adopt. Of course one expects the bits about truf ...more
Apr 08, 2014 Джорджия rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Джорджия by: Предай нататък
Книгата продължава историята за китния Прованс от първата част - "Една година в Прованс". Двете не са свързани по никакъв начин и непрочитането на едната или другата не пречка за прочитането на останалата. Затвърди ми се мнението за селското спокойствие, нашествието на туристите, богатството на вина, храни, характери, ресторанти, природни красоти, климатични особености и борбата с тях.

Нямам как, четейки тези книги и то една след друга, да не се породи желанието ти да отидеш да видиш с очите си,
Apr 26, 2015 Wouter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like a bundle of loose blog posts before the popularity of blogging than a complete travel story, Peter writes about his life in the Provence and the funny and weird encounters he has with locals - or foreigners. Every single chapter made me smile, it is very well written and hard to put down. I like the change of pace for once and all the little stories fit in nicely. The majority of the chapters are food oriented (after all, it's the Provence), and that's a good thing.
Now I'll have to re
Moody Kitty
Oct 18, 2015 Moody Kitty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this one is more fragmented than A Year in Provence as it employs a different style of narration. Nonetheless, it's a good companion for the first book because I remember some stories here are accompanying breakdown of some details that some are curious to find more about and some could easily neglect the first time like the two gold coins. It's also a follow-up so we can know how Monsieur Peter deal with his new found fame of publishing a book that is very relevant to many people th ...more
Nov 02, 2008 bookyeti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surrender to the quintessence of Provence!

A Year in Provence and Toujour Provence, in respective order, chronicle Mayle’s real-life experiences following his family’s (wife and dogs) move from England to Provence. Their pages offer an entertaining and light-hearted narrative of everyday life — the people, the climate, the landscapes, and mainly the acclaimed Provençal art of eating! — from the perspective of a British “long-term tourist” (as Mayle puts it).

The Provence series is usually locate
Oct 24, 2009 yexxo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Mayle, Brite der seit vielen Jahren in der Provence lebt, schildert in mehrseitigen Geschichten auf zärtliche und humorvolle Art und Weise das Leben dort im Besonderen und im Allgemeinen. Mit jedem Satz spürt man, wie sehr er seiner neuen Heimat verbunden ist: den Menschen, der Natur, dem Klima, dem Essen und Trinken. Bei soviel Liebe wird selbst der in Frankreich bestehende Bürokratismus mit einem zwinkernden Auge betrachtet. Und bei einem Besuch in 'Good Old England' wird klar, dass er i ...more
Jul 07, 2010 Belinda rated it really liked it
I picked this book up from a second hand bookshop and read it mostly traveling to and from places on Sydney's often frustrating public transport system. "Toujours Provence" became a little holiday, or a lifestyle change without leaving everyday life. Less a novel and more a series of anecdotes, without reading A Year in Provence first, I did not know what I was in for. Luckily, I was charmed. Like "Lunch in Paris" by Elizabeth Bard, it wasn't preachy like a lot of books about a change in lifesty ...more
A Year in Provence is a book to lunch with. An undemanding companion, the novel unfolds in a casual undulating fashion, with each chapter devoted to a different month of the year. So enraptured by the countryside, it’s food and people, you learn little about the author (Peter Mayle).

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
Joan Reeves
Affectionate Portrait of Provence

Peter Mayle's books could more rightly be described as his love letters to Provence.

Toujours Provence begins where his first book A Year In Provence ended. Now a seasoned resident of this region of France, he broadens his view to give us an affectionate portrait of the French in all their regional peculiarities.

At once amusing and educational, this book gives the reader the sense of what it would be like to see France as a resident, not a tourist.

I know I've ente
Victoria Haf
Dec 05, 2011 Victoria Haf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libros-que-amo
Este libro es delicioso, y lo digo porque una de las cosas principales es la comida, habla de cosas que suenan demasiado bien y en verdad te dan ganas de estar en Provenza en verano probando los melones que han sido vaciados por dentro y bañados con jugo de uva y brandy por 24 horas y están en el refrigerador, Un vaso de Pastis: "El mesero vuelve con un vasito, quizá lleno hasta un cuarto si ha sido generoso, y una garrafita de agua. El liquido del vaso se enturbia cuando viertes el agua, se vue ...more
Jan 03, 2009 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I meant to read Peter Mayle's memoirs of his transplanted life in Provence in order - but I misplaced A Year in Provence, and picked this one up from my mom. Mayle focuses generally on being an outsider in France (he is British), and how he and his wife go about becoming accustomed to French life, and the quirky adventures and misunderstandings they have along the way. Mayle has a wonderful sense of humor - and reminds me a great deal of Bill Bryson (though a little more refined). Each chapter ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Not as good as 'a year in Provence' but still a very good book. Mayle elaborates on subjects he touched on briefly in his earlier work to the delight of the reader. The subject of truffle hunting is elaborated upon and the reader is introduced to a pig which makes more money in a year than many British corporate hotshots simply by searching for truffles. The subject of food is never far away, and Mayle describes his experiences in a restaurant for French truck drivers where the meals are three c ...more
Mar 20, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful jaunt through Mayle's humorous encounters in Provence---from the clandestine encounters with truffle salesman to the education of how to become a real Provencal resident. Every chapter has some quirky twist about life in southern France amid the tourist season & offseason. And the food, food, food, and wine, wine, wine!! It made me so hungry! Now I have to go back and read "A Year in Provence."
May 30, 2015 Eleni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so happy I took this book from the outcasts from the staff room. I enjoyed the constant reference to food. There a part in the book where Peter is describing his experience of wine tasting with a wine seller. He was amazed that lunch lasted 4 hours and the only conversation they had was about the food they were eating, the food they ate and the food they were going to eat. There was no room at the table for unappetizing topics such as politics and the economy. I think I need to move to Prove ...more
Sue Iri
Nov 18, 2015 Sue Iri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Celebration of Provence

Mr. Mayle is a charming and respectful fan of Provence where he has taken up permanent residence. He has lived in London for most of his life so has a visitor's appreciation of a new and interesting way of life. He writes at length about the wonderful food and local people he encounters, and his total conversion to French ideals of food and wine.
Feb 04, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually had a more interesting time with this book than "Hotel Pastis." Normally I'm more for fiction than non, but this grabbed me more. Maybe it's because this one focused on Provence, presented through the eyes of an English emigrant, as opposed to trying to tell the story of an English emigrant in Provence. It's a subtle distinction, but perhaps significant. Either way, these essays are delightfully warm and entertaining.
Aug 17, 2015 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ah, France! So attractive to the well-heeled English tourist, so quaint, so full of great food and eccentric people! Mayle and his wife clearly love the area they live in, and it's delightful to read of their experiences, but isn't he just a wee bit condescending? Well, that's the reader's call--if the pleasures of the book outweigh the frisson of guilt.
Mar 24, 2014 EM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just happen to stumble upon this book in a book sale and when I read the first two pages, I was instantly hooked. Who else would describe constipation as 'traffic jam in the transit intestinal'? Now I'm on the hunt for other Peter Mayle books. Honestly, I could care less for the story but it's his writing style that I enjoy so much.
Aug 30, 2015 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I never read this book before. I absolutely loved it - and will definitely read it again! I need to read a lot more Peter Mayle, too - his little gems of stories about his life in Provence, his neighbors, and his various gastronomic experiences are just delightful. Makes me want to go back to Provence ASAP.
Really enjoyed this book, but I think I liked A Year In Provence better. This one is more about the region than Mayle's personal experience. He also sounds rather curmudgeonly in this one. I did love the stories about truffle hunters, food, stray dogs, and the fires in the region, but I do hope the following books are more personal.
Jun 30, 2008 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: francophiles, gastronomes, and anyone dreaming of owning a rural retreat
This book is an enjoyable follow-up to "A Year in Provence" and goes more into the details of daily life and life's adventures, and frustrations, in living in a Mediterranean country. I can understand the frustration of dealing with the seemingly unfathomable bureaucracy involved in getting anything accomplished and the difficulty for an Anglo in trying to adapt to the "C'est la vie" way of thinking. One drawback for me is what seems a pedantic overuse of French words and expressions (irony here ...more
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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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