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Anything Considered

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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
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
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
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
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...more
Becky Moore
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
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).
Allison Welker
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...more

Very fun! Quick and easy but well written.
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
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...more
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...more
Sarah Sammis
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...more
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
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.
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.
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...more
Theryn Fleming
Anything Considered was total dick lit, i.e. the male equivalent of chick lit. The MC is Luciano Bennett. Of course, he's called Bennett, because Luciano is too twee. He's mid-30s, doesn't really have a job, lives in France. He's broke but this really isn't an impediment to his lifestyle. Anyhow, the premise is that he places an ambiguous ad looking for work, a Really Rich Dude answers it, and hijinx ensue. Naturally, he partners up with a chick who happens to be both formerly a model and former...more
Petr Bolek
No co k tomuto napsat? Prostě klasický Mayle. Angličan v Provence, k tomu víno, jídlo příroda a jedna malá američanka. To prostě nemůže být špatná kombinace. A když se k tomu přidají peníze (ať už nedostatek nebo přebytek), zvláštní mnišský řád a tlustý Ital, tak z toho bude prostě fajn letní čtení.
Ale je pravda, že jsem už od Mayleho četl lepší kousky.
I just finished listening to this audiobook on my way to work this morning. I originally picked this book out of a travelling bookcrossing box of audio casettes. I'd never heard of it. I was initially drawn to the fact that Tim Curry was doing the reading, and I know how awesome and talented he is. But the story itself, while not my usual fare, was so fun and improbable, I really enjoyed it. The ending left me with a silly grin on my face. And now I've added to my list of life goals to find out...more
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
Fun love-story come not-too-serious thriller. Some nicely observed characterisations - I particularly liked the houseproud housekeeper - and gentle wit. A quick, easy read.
I thought this was one of Mayle's better efforts, amusing, light reading for pleasant diversion before shut-eye. A theft caper on the Riviera involving a charming unemployed hero of a certain age, an American gal of many talents, a British mogul of consummate acquisitiveness, and Sicilian mobsters. Cary Grant and Grace Kelly need not fear. I have to say, though, that his pretty hide-bound roue-sexism, or maybe it's better characterized as British machismo, has gotten a bit stale. All in the name...more
An entertaining Grahame Greene-esque romp through the South of France, with gorgeous descriptions of scenery and rich food that'd give me heartburn. An Englishman in a bad financial state takes questionable employment with billionaire. Gets embroiled in shady goings-on, meets gorgeous lady body-guard and they get into scrapes together.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 60's style profound Englishness of the protagonist and the top quality writing.
This book is pretty much perfect, and one of the few where I think the back cover is 100% a description of the book. If the back cover delights and astounds you, then chances are the book will, too. Reading this book was like drinking perfect champagne from a perfect etched glass flute. The bubbles tickle your nose, the flavor stimulates your palate, and by the end you are filled with contentment.
Mayle can be counted on to be entertaining, and this lightweight "thriller" was delightful, especially if you're already convinced that the South of France, french food and Provincal villages are pretty close to heaven anyway (Don't we always love books that reconfirm what we already know?). Couldn't help thinking throughout, though, that the author was already negotiating the movie rights...
girl writing
Very light and fun read. Mayle has the amazing skill to transport you to the location he's writing about. Whenever I read a book of his, I want to go to France. If I could find a monastery like the one described in the book, I'd never want to leave. And the description at the end of all the loose ends coming together in the small town is close to hysterically funny.
Very amusing. This is a real spoof of the dark, warped, brooding yet suspenseful Ripley Novels (The Talent Mr. Ripley; Ripley Under Ground and Ripley's Game) by Patricia Highsmith. Bennet, the main character, is an endearing and charming bachelor who may be involved in a criminal enterprise, yet he has a moral compass where Tom Ripley absolutely does not.
Maybe it was the setting - southern France, palm trees, Monaco. Or maybe the characters - roguish Bennett, confident Anna, mysterious Poe, etc. Yes, there's lots of adventure and close calls, but it reminded me of the movie It Takes a Thief and I could imagine the 1960s soundtrack as our heroes try to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.
Fun book! Great summer reading!
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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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