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Uncorked : My year in Provence studying pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking pastis, and mangling French

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The word bouchon—cork—is such a wonderful word. It is central to at least three terrific French pastimes: wine drinking, driving, and playing the ancient ball game pétanque. It sounds so beautiful when spoken out loud: bouchon, bouchon, bouchon.

So many of us have experienced how hard it is to have even the most modest of breakthroughs in a foreign culture while travelling
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Paperback, 164 pages
Expected publication: March 20th 2017 by Sea to Sky Books
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    Jim Christakos
    Jan 12, 2017 Jim Christakos rated it it was amazing


    Paul Shore’s Uncorked is a delightful and engagingly well written memoir about the experience of an adventurous Canadian’s year working in Provence and, thereby, learning the language and culture in a small and very traditional village with an interesting history. As I progressed through the book I found myself becoming increasingly immersed in the life and culture of the village, its people and its history. As the result, I now feel I’d be completely comfortable joining the locals for a glass o
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    David M
    Jan 16, 2017 David M rated it it was amazing
    Many of us have traveled somewhere and wished we could go "native" and experience what it's like to be a local. Paul Shore was fortunate to have such an experience, being very gradually accepted into the tight circle of those who play the sport of pétanque in a village in southeastern France. And we are fortunate that he has done such a fine job capturing what that was like for him, with vivid writing and self-deprecating humour that makes the residents of Saint-Paul de Vence come alive and make ...more
    Lorna Doucette
    Jan 10, 2017 Lorna Doucette rated it it was amazing
    This book was good enough for me to pick up and finish on Christmas day! Lots of chuckles and local colour and definitely made me wish I'd taken a year abroad in a foreign country. Really fun, quick read that also provided interesting insight into small-village France--and the game of petanque. Hugely enjoyed!
    Rebecca Wood
    Jan 19, 2017 Rebecca Wood rated it it was amazing
    I enjoyed Uncorked immensely: the fish-out-of-water story; the sweet and gentle humour; and all of the characters, especially Hubert and his 'la puff'! The story was very uplifting, and I could easily relate to finding oneself in a strange land and not knowing the customs, or the language.
    Pam
    Jan 11, 2017 Pam rated it it was amazing
    A fun read of a personal journey/experience. I feel like I could visit the town and recognize the sites, even pick out the people sitting at the Cafe or playing Pétanque!
    Lorne Waldman
    Jan 16, 2017 Lorne Waldman rated it it was amazing
    Charming, lighthearted, self-mocking, and chuckle inducings. A real page-turner on a subject I previously knew nothing about. If you were ever that kid who wanted to fit in and be invited to play with the the big boys, you'll love this book. A must read by anyone wanting to spend time in another culture, visit Provence, laugh at contrasts between French and Canadian culture, or simply yearning for a slower pace of life.
    Guitarick
    Jan 15, 2017 Guitarick rated it it was amazing
    A great, heartwarming and humorous read. For anyone who has spent any time in France this book is sure to bring a smile and warm memory...especially of those small personal victories of even being understood in French. For those that haven't been there yet this book is sure to entice them to visit this gorgeous area and discover the quirky and charming small towns and characters that inhabit it. It's worth reading the book for Paul's description of "la puff" alone!
    Harvey
    Jan 10, 2017 Harvey rated it really liked it
    I loved reading Paul's account of immercing himself into a foreign culture, and experiencing all the wonders that one can behold if you take the time and effort to become one of the locals. A trip to Saint Paul de Vence is definitely on my bucket list now thanks to Paul's talented story telling, and I may even start playing Pétanque!!
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    Stella
    Jan 20, 2017 Stella rated it it was amazing
    I finished reading Uncorked last night and loved it. Very funny in spots and emotional in others. It reminded me of my own time in Europe and how much I miss it. And I loved your references to Chagall and the connections to your own background. As someone who has researched and written extensively about refugees, and who is an immigrant herself, I appreciated that the refugee crisis and being a stranger in a new land is not a new phenomenon. Thanks so much for a wonderful read and bringing back ...more
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    Paul Shore is a technology industry veteran who has worked around the globe. His drive to embrace new challenges has seen Paul involved in a variety of pursuits. After the software startup he was with in France was acquired by computer chip maker Broadcom in 1999, Paul returned to Vancouver and led the company’s voice-over-internet group for years. Marrying a talent for business with a passion for ...more
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