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Anything Considered

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,855 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
Peter Mayle continues to mine the romanticism of Provence for his literary success. A former advertising executive, his Year in Provence told of his time there and brought him unexpected acclaim. Then came three more tales from Provence, Toujours Provence, Hotel Pastis and A Dog's Life. In his latest work, Mayle finds another good reason to write about Provence: its food a ...more
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published May 28th 1996 by Knopf (first published December 12th 1991)
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Dimity Powell
May 20, 2014 Dimity Powell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe because I still have a few dregs of salt water sluicing through my veins thanks to my ex-pat days in Provence, but I thoroughly enjoyed this romp through southern France with Peter Mayle. This Provencal adventure about an English man of diminishing means,vague future prospects and the criminal street smarts of a soggy baguette develops into a witty and wry frolic up and down the French Riviera and it's lavender-scented surrounds. Mayle's protagonist,Bennett assumed the appearance of a suav ...more
Roy
Apr 29, 2009 Roy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are several reasons why I like Mayle's writing. He accurately captures the things that are important and different among cultures, tells a good story, and builds in enough plot twists to defy predictability. In this story, we learn about the biases of expartiate Brits in France (once again) and the nuances of differences among Italians, Corsicans, and the French. Throw in an American, season with the light and culture of Mediterranean France and you have a "ripping good yarn", as Mayle him ...more
Evelyn
Apr 14, 2015 Evelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best quote from many from this book is "But what is champagne, after all? Nothing but grapes breaking wind. .." I loved this book from the very start and like all Peter Mayle books, I want to go to France and enjoy the food and wine.
Lisa
Jul 06, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
Effervescent fun. Here in NC we have summer storms and rain, so it was nice to embark on a caper in with a book set in the sunny south of Fra
nce with Luciano Bennett. Bennett, an Englishman with a taste for the good life and a dwindling bank account, finds what seems to be the dream job that will more than tide him over until his ship comes in (his yacht for hire has gone missing with his business partner at the helm). However before he can say truffles and foie gras, he is embroiled in the esca
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Emily
Mar 10, 2009 Emily rated it liked it
Anything Considered tells the story of Bennett, an Englishman who enjoys living a luxurious life in France, but unfortunately is running out of money to do so. Bennett puts an ad up in the International Herald Tribune looking for a job. He gets a response from Julian Poe, an extremely wealthy man. Poe is asking Bennett to live in an all expense-paid Monaco apartment and watch a very important case containing a serum that would make truffles, an extremely decadent and expensive mushroom, grow fas ...more
Grace
Aug 01, 2015 Grace rated it liked it
Very enjoyable light romp through Monaco and the south of France. REALLY made me want to be sitting on a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean, having a glass of chilled white wine.
Molly
Jun 29, 2012 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slowly working my way through the complete oeuvre of Peter Mayle. Anything Considered is just as delightful as all of Mayle's other South of France capers. Bennett takes the perfect job - he is paid by a millionaire to live like a king in Monaco. But what seems too good to be true turns out to be just that. He is caught up in international intrigue over...a suitcase of truffles. He must retrieve the stolen case, with the help of a female ex-Seargent of the Israeli Army, before the millionaire's ...more
Jane Hoppe
Apr 30, 2015 Jane Hoppe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How can a Provençal caper whose every sinister twist threatens violent death be such a buoyant read? Because the caper’s creator, Peter Mayle, loves Provence. The caper’s protagonist, bon vivant Bennett, loves Provence. And an Anything Considered reader cannot help but fall in love with Provence. Also because Mayle laces his lingo with wry wit. Throughout the story, I smiled in spite of the suspense.

In an economic slump, British ex-pat Bennett advertises for “interesting and unusual work … anyth
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Pamela
Anything Considered / by Peter Mayle

In the late 1990s I was introduced to A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle. Liking his writing style, I decided to read some more titles most of which were travel and autobiographical.

Then I came across a novel entitled Anything Considered about the ever elusive truffle. Bennett is an Englishman living in Provence and is running out of money and is without a paying job. He runs an ad in the newspaper – “Unattached Englishman…seeks interesting and unusual work. An
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Becky Moore
Dec 31, 2011 Becky Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books ever. I've read it a dozen times since first breaking open the spine in 1996, and have lent it out so often that I had to buy a second copy last year. I re-read it while travelling for the holidays this year, and finished with a smile on my face, as usual. Light-hearted, quick, easy read. And who couldn't get into a character who's run through his money and is so desperate that he runs an ad in an international paper that suggests, "anything considered ... but ma ...more
Dalene
Mar 02, 2010 Dalene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i love peter mayle. his fiction amuses me even though the women are unabashedly objectified (at least his main female characters are smart and not just sexy). i don't usually tolerate this in an author, but i am so in love with the settings, the clothes, the food and the french-ness of it all i give him a pass.

as a side note, i don't care if they cost thousands of dollars a kilo, someday i want to eat a vrais french truffle (the fungus, not the chocolate).
Alli
Jun 07, 2014 Alli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anything Considered by Peter Mayle
3 stars

Bennett is a man of little means, doing odd jobs for people in his village to make a way of living. He finds it more and more difficult to survive so he puts an add in the paper for his services, anything considered. When someone responds to it, its not what he expects.

I thought this book was well written and one of the better books that I have honestly read lately. I liked the characters and thought they were relate able, however I kind of felt like thi
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Rebecca
Jun 23, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Very fun! Quick and easy but well written.
Teresa Michael
Aug 17, 2014 Teresa Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bennett is a British expat living in a small French village. He's a bit down on his luck and needs some income so he places an employment ad in the newspaper with the line "anything considered." The job offer he accepts sets a chain of events in motion that includes the rich life in Monaco, Italian gangsters, crooked cops, truffles, and and a beautiful con artist partner. The adventures through France keeps the reader turning the pages to find out what trouble they get into next. This is our boo ...more
Mariana Gevak
Що сказати.Плюси у цій книзі ті ж,що й у всіх творах Мейла: палка любов до Франції,гаряче південне сонце,лагідний бриз,по-домашньому приваблива провінція,смачна кухня,ароматні вина...І разом з тим доволі шаблонний детективний сюжет. Так, і динаміка є,і багатенький негідник, і привабливий головний герой та не менш красива героїня.Але...з самого початку знаєш,чим все закінчиться.Все ж читати було приємно,бо вміє автор передати атмосферу і перенести читача у теплі обійми Провансу. Саме за це люблю ...more
Michael Laflamme
Jan 23, 2015 Michael Laflamme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It starts with a personal ad: Unattached Englishman. Mid Thirties, personable, fluent French, seek interesting and unusual work, preferable in the Aix/Avignon area. Anything considered except marriage.
With the placing of this add Luciano Bennett, a down on his luck and down to his last franc ne’re-do-well living in France changes the course of his life. Before long he has a response from the ultra-wealthy Julian Poe. Poe’s proposal is very simple and simply irresistible. Bennett must impersonate
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Elizabeth Ray
3.5 stars. "Anything Considered" is strongest in making you feel like you want to move to Europe and live the fancy European life. I greatly enjoyed its descriptions of food and scenery.

Where "Anything Considered" is weak is in its characterization. I'm a reader who likes to connect emotionally with her characters. I didn't care much about the outcome of the main characters and my favorite character (Georgette) was very secondary.

Bennet loves his French lifestyle, but is only interested in fun
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Tonia
Aug 26, 2012 Tonia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Mayle book that was entertaining and a quick read. A former business executive, Bennett, who has moved to southern France is swindled out if his life's fortune. At the end of his financial rope, he places an add in the paper to find work and receives a proposition from a rich gentleman by the name of Julian Poe, who asks him to live the high life on his behalf in Monaco for the purposes of tax evasion and residence deception. After one week of bliss, the mishandling of a metal suitcase w ...more
Brad
Dec 03, 2009 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun little adventure story of a British man and an American woman in a pickle in the south of France. They're amateurs not ready for the situation they're in, so it actually makes it suspenseful. You get nervous because you picture yourself in the situation instead of James Bond or Bruce Willis who would get out of it, no problem.
Plus it's set in beautiful spots (I've actually been to a few of them now) and you can feel the sun on your back, smell the food, and picture the landscapes Mayle des
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Sarah Sammis
Aug 06, 2007 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recently my husband and I were talking about capers we enjoyed. We were mostly talking about films: A Fish Called Wanda, The Trouble with Harry, North by Northwest, A Shot in the Dark, The Thomas Crowne Affair (the remake more so than the original), Condorman and so forth. A good caper has lots of running around (though not necessary a la Keystone Cops), a bit of mystery or a theft, some romance and some humor.

Anything Considered by Peter Mayle fits the bill of a caper perfectly and is the firs
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Dina P.
Dec 01, 2014 Dina P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I pay attention to the details of Peter Mayle's book. And I regret those times I spent reading his other books hurriedly.
His description of places and people are very thorough. It's very clear that make me feel like I see it with my eyes.
Maybe the plot is too simple, but it involves truffles, which is very France. And actually I read Peter Mayle's book not for the plot, but for my longing of Provence. Yeah, me still want Provence!
Trisha Owens
A fun story of an unattached Englishman, who places an ad for work, "anything considered" except marriage. Bennett, the English expat, gets tangled up with a very wealthy Julian Poe, and he, Bennett is asked to impersonate him, and before long the Sicilian and Corsican mafiosi are trailing him, searching for the elusive recipe for truffle making. This is a fast moving, suspenseful and enjoyable look into the super rich and the good life.
jane
Sep 15, 2010 jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: international
I always wanted to know about Truffle hunting--"they indicated much more than a passing gastronomic fondness for truffles, and Bennett found himself becoming increasingly interested, and increasingly curious...."a spore from a previous year's truffle, at the moment of putrefacation, is transported(by insect, animal, rain, wind) into the soil...germanates into an embryo fungus-----theses attache themselves to tree roots, whose sap nourishes the parasitic truffle in a symbiosis known as mycorrhiza ...more
Bonnieb
Just a simple, fun ‘mystery’ written by the author of “A Year in Provence”. Geographic location is France and Monaco, with Provence playing a key role. Fun story of an Englishman needing money, getting wrapped up with several ‘bad’ people. Plot is around a small village and the French obsession with truffles, with a potential formula for growing the elusive truffle prize.
Sandra
Jul 01, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light, entertaining romp through the French Riviera as Bennett and Anna try to avoid the French police and outsmart the Silician mafia as well as Mr. Poe, Bennett's employer. Mayle, as always, injects humor and entertains the reader with descriptions of the wealthy's playground, the exquisite hillside views, and the narrow, winding streets of Monaco and Nice.
Linda Smatzny
Dec 01, 2015 Linda Smatzny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of an English expat,Bennett,needs a job to pay his bills. He takes a job from a rich man who is slightly shady to get a case that contains information on growing truffles. The action takes place in the south of France and gets to include lots of shady people. The action was fast paced and very civilized. The book was an easy read.
Ruth
Jul 05, 2014 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Unfortunately, all I can remember, other than I sort of liked it, is a vague feeling of it being rather odd. I had just finished A Year in Provence, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and had hoped for something similar here. I usually like it when authors can show themselves to be versatile but I must have been looking for more 'ordinary life on the Riviera' when I opened this one.
Nancy
Sep 07, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
I have read, and enjoyed, other Peter Mayle novels but never quite felt they lived up to their reputation. They were good entertainment, but for me, nothing out of the ordinary. This book changed my mind.

It still contained all the charm and local colour that Mayle is noted for, but it added totally engaging protagonists, vibrant evil-doers, and a brilliantly conceived caper. I loved every minute of it.

Part of the pleasure in this story is the wild adventure that Mayle's "almost broke hero" encou
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Greg Marquez
Mar 17, 2016 Greg Marquez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sort of a caper story but takes place in the south of France. Read this because one of our favorite movies, A Good Year, is based on one of his stories. It was enjoyable.
Owlcourt
Aug 01, 2014 Owlcourt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Perfect book for summer reading, and the story made me laugh (it was so implausible, but entertaining.) Peter Mayle's treatment of characters is brilliant.
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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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