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I read a couple of reviews on oodreads for this book and had
To Laugh At Some Of laugh at some of who felt the book was whiney and written by a rich Out of This Orbit (Cosmic Soul Mates, guy who could afford a super farmhouse with a pool no less One review said that Mayle went back to England to live Well those reviews smack of small minded jealousy Right now a farmhouse in France can be bought for as little as US25000000 back in 1989 before this became trendy property values were even reasonable especially coming from England where everything wasis expensive It was kind of like selling your million dollar house in San Francisco and moving to Iowa you could buy the entire town for the price of your modest house in California I don t think Mayle whined about the repairs to his house in fact he took it lightly and with a clear dose of patience and humor Kudos to the Mayles to manage their money well enough to be able to enjoy the lifestyle which I don t believe it was at all over the top Anyhow I just had to say thatNow for the book I loved this book I curled up with alass of wine Chilean sorry and read this in a couple of evenings I laughed and laughed and commiserated with the Mayles The writing is witty and the pace is excellent It s a romp through Provence over the course of a year Peter and his wife have left behind their lives in England to move to Provence buy a farmhouse and settle in to a slower pace of life The story starts with the formidable paperwork process in buying a house and reminded me of the process my son has The War Planners Series gone through to rent a simple apartment in Brazil Frustrating to the point of being funny Mayleoes on to beautifully describe the climate which is so different from common knowledge again very similar to our Brazilian experience the absolutely mouthwatering Glidepath (Max Fend, gastronomic descriptions locals tourists and then the never ending uest to fix the house This part in particular reminded me of the time we bought a fixer upper right on the beach in a beautiful town in Chile and went through so many similar situations with repairmen anduests At the time it drove us crazy but now we look back at those times with a bit fondness In any case Mayle brings the area to life and does so in a light engaging way The next best thing to living in France is to read this book Loved itIt is the first book in this enre which provided a complete picture of life in a rural French town by two Brits moving there It s sad to think that there are probably dozens of reat books about people who have moved to France that were rejected by publishers so they could take this book which is completely devoid of insights and shove it down our throats The book has a wonderful premise in which a British Um Natal em Ardmore guy and his wife move to the south of France and begin a new life I think most people who read this book didn t need much than that It is mostly the tedious description of the work he does on an old house and has little to do with France I can t recall a single entertaining passage in the entire bookIive almost everything here five stars I m not a book critic but there are certain extremely popular books that just need to be eviscerated Please explain to me why this book was popular After I finished reading this I didn t think that I had learned a single thing about life in FranceI found zero sense of adventure in what he had to say about France It s travel writing for the rich which at least for me is usually boring Instead of a book about an over privileged douche bag paying people to fix up an old house I d much rather read a memoir of someone who moved to France and actually had to work for a living I rate this book down there with Under the Tuscan Sun J adore the English sense of humor With stiff upper lip and wry observation sprinkled with warm affection Englishman Peter Mayle embraces a cadre of colorful characters inhabiting the warmer south of France in this memoir documenting his first year as a new permanent resident relocated from Britain to the Lub ron region of Provence A Year In Provence is suitably divided into twelve chapters each devoted to one month January through December staging the progress of renovations on Peter and Madame s newly purchased two hundred year old home Over the course of the year it becomes clear that here time is measured in seasons not days and that the tempo in Provence would not change for newcomers A project as simple as moving an antiue concrete planter into the arden for example is not something that can be arranged overnight There would be visits of inspection drinks heated arguments Dates would be fixed and then forgotten Shoulders would be shrugged and time would pass by The author has a special penchant for observing human nature and describing it both with humor and he. National Bestseller In this witty and warm hearted account Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long cherished dream and actually move into a 200 year old stone farmhouse in the remote co. ,
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the homeland Maybe To Love From A Safe Distance This Seemed To to love from a safe distance this seemed particularly so when homeland easier maybe to love from a safe distance this seemed to be particularly so when who had made money on account of the deregulation and privatisations of the 1980s moved to France where life was as it had been in the 1970s or earlier This it turns out wasn t uite true of Mayle who had made his packet of money in advertising in New York but this book became emblematic of the aspiration of a eneration to sell up move to France and enjoy the food and drinkThis book established itself as the basic and apparently near infinitely repeatable model for books and tv series of metropolitan Englishman heads to foreign country or non metropolitan part of Britain buys old building which is potentially bucolic spends a year etting it repaired while etting to know the locals who are amusingly eccentric with delightful physical or sartorial uirksPerhaps in a nod to Mayle s background in advertising the book is shorter than typical minus the illustrations maybe under 190 pages while I So Far from the Sea guess the typical book of thisenre is in the region of 240 pages As adverts may do it leads to the curl of the lips without leading to full amusement the above section on dogs I felt the funniest in the entire book This is very efficient writing Also true to the The Wolfs Healing Touch (Wolves of Stone Ridge genre change is all on the surface the only adaptation to local habits is that he takes up the triple kiss as standardreeting combien de Bises may be of assistance here but The Draft given the low number of votes for some departments I wonder if it is entirely accurateMayle is curiously present and absent from the book obviously he is the central figure but we learn nothing about him or his wife who really could have been a man or a particularly clingy kangaroo as far as I could tell from the text they have some French unusually for thisenre in which humorous inability to communicate with locals may be a key plot point but they struggle with the way French people speak it At the same time Mayle is the measure of all humanity the degree of deviation from Mayle is eual to the extent to which the person is amusingly original or eccentric A thoughtful publisher could have provided a Bible Prophecy graphic to illustrate this so we can appreciate precisely how much theuy with bad teeth who eats foxes is funnier than the plumber who always wears a seasonally appropriate hatThe narrative structure of a year is strong and simple but as each month contains detailed recollections of the places they visited meals eaten and how much they cost I wondered how accurate and honest this wasThe most curious feature to my mind was money and the details of what things cost million franc houses 1000 francs for a custom made stone table the price of restaurant meals Then one Yaratma Cesareti got about eight to nine francs for the UK pound so there is the undercurrent that one can live better than a Lord and eat better than the ueen for modest sums of cash money At the same time he doesn t tell us how much his own house cost or the cost of installing central heating this is all about living the dream view spoiler provided you dream of living of living in a stone farm house in Provence and eating fantastic restaurant food at modest prices hide spoiler I ve read uite a few negative reviews of this book many of them focusing on the author s presumption in being able to afford a home in Provence and the reviewers conseuent inability to relate to him Others see it as trite and not at all what they were expecting Well balderdash I found this to be a very entertaining account of the first year in a new home and a new country with all the explorations discoveries disappointments triumphs and failures thato along with it Would it be a The Astral Codex good basis for discussion in a bookroup Probably not Was it enlightening or did it change the way I think about things Can t say that it was or did But the author s dry wit talent for understatement and occasional elouence painted an interesting picture of life in Provence with characters that were by turn amusing infuriating puzzling and human This book did a Here There Be Witches great job of carrying me away from Michigan into a place I ve never been and experiences I ll likely never have It was fun It was fun to experience living vicariously in a stone farmhouse in Provence by reading this delightful book Stories aboutood food Story of the Liberty Bell great wine living close to the land and the spirit of the people of Provence fill the pages A Year in Provence is very entertaining and I was sorry to see the book end In the course of thinning out my book herd I ve been reading books that I haven t read in years trying to determine whether I should keep them or move them along Going back to Peter Mayle s A Year in Provence was likeoing back to an old fr. And delights in the Fake Mustache glorious regional cuisine A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempooverned by seasons not by day. ,
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Art Lub ron country folk can suspicious of visitors from throughout Europe who descend upon C te d Azur in the summer months including German campers Belgian road hogs Swiss Europe who descend upon the C te d Azur in the summer months including German campers Belgian road hogs Swiss dwellers and the British with their notoriously weak stomachs and plumbing complaints but the Proven al people are warm amiable and all too eager to ensure their friends are well fed The absolute joy of Provence is the food and free flowing local wine which refreshes even the most curious of exchanges such as unexpected house calls made by traveling Oriental rug salesmen or visits paid by French bureaucrats at Christmastime to hint for annual tipsThese pages are peppered with French Voil Oh l l Allez which enhances the feel for a foreigner s life in France as well as doubling as a Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog grammar in simple and useful phrases to those readers who are sure to add Provence to their must see list This account is often laugh out loud hilarious and is every bit as savory as the much sought after and highly prized black P rigord trufflesrown only in this region 4 Stars Fantastic book would absolutely recommend itThere s really nothing I don t like about this book It s short easy to read and such fun Peter Mayle the author writes in a charming book that in my opinion makes the people of Provence endearing As an American we often hear or rather we re aware of the stereotype how stuck up abrasive the French are Albeit
I have met many a French person in my day and luckily I have never had this stereotype confirmedhave met many a French person in my day and luckily I have never had this stereotype confirmed they re mannerisms are different but isn t that to be expected Anyway I digressI enjoyed this book even because it was relatable I spent a significant amount of time living in a village well like a town in the north of Moldova Of course a former Soviet Eastern European country is uite different than France but I was struck by how many similarities there are For instance the struggles the author and his wife faced during construction on their house particularly the timeline is very familiar In my Moldovan experiences things don t run on a city schedule eg when someone says work starts at 800 am it would be a miracle if that actually happened Also the constant advice and interaction with neighbors is similar It s fascinating I uess provincial life is similar across the board in Europe or at least in these two cases Hmmmokay I learned that1 With enough money you can relocate to Provence and buy a 200 year old farmhouse with mossy swimming pool problematic pipes and a wine cave backing up to the Luberon mountains Wait it ets worse2 Once you do this everyone who has ever vaguely heard your name and Provence together in the same sentence will attempt to visit whilst you are having a hell of a time fixing the charming antiuated house and bicycling into town Hard times3 Tragedy strikes Everything in Provence moves at a slower pace including uninvited house Hey Wait a Minute! Five Rough and Reluctant Sex Erotica Stories guest departures and theuys you hired to remodel your soon to be awesome Provencal place You are to be pitied poor thing having been forced to survive on mostly fresh breads herbed cheeses and the occasional sausage4 It can be rough rumbling around in an old car looking for Drawing Straws great places to eat It is a daunting task you face after finding them having to stuff your face with delicacies drizzled with truffle sauce5 The somewhat backwards rough but ultimately charming locals are worth talking to you never know if they ll tell you about how to choose a pig for hunting truffles or inform you that they ve booby trapped the area from foreign campers How uaint the poor dears6 Truly life in Provence can prove to be much tougher than it seems Butive it a year or so before you decide to o home at the very least wait until you have managed to have your rapes harvested by the Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference guy that works your vines you veot to have your own wine to drink with your breads and cheeses to The scarecrow give you the strength too on Chiens de chasse are too specialised to be bought and sold across a counter and we were told that no serious hunter would consider buying a pup without first meeting both parents Judging by some of the hunting dogs we had seen we could imagine that finding the father might have been difficult but among all the hybrid curiosities there were three or less identifiable types the liver coloured approximation of a large spaniel the stretched beagle and the tall rail thin hound with the wrinkled lugubrious face p146 I have come late to this book my parent who bought it came late to it it had been all the rage and on the best seller lists long before they bought it and looking inside and seeing that it was published in 1989 it seemed to me that Mayle himself came late to writing itIt is well known that many a British patriot will Elizabeth Cady Stanton given a chance buy. Untry of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley discovers the secrets ofoat racing through the middle of town.