A Year In Provence

by Mayle, Peter

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 country of the Luberon with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhone Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provencal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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On Dec 17, 2010, feeney said:
Are you shivering in your shoes this December? Well, don't go to southern France, Provence in December expecting to get warm. It is cold there too. Author Peter Mayle describes Provence as being a cold country with lots of sunshine. Lots of mistrals, too: the terrifying winds verging on hurricanes that can leave you housebound for days. Month after month, from January through December, author Peter Mayle, in A YEAR IN PROVENCE, relives the first year that he and his wife spent in an old farmhouse. They coped. They renovated. They hired temperamental workmen. They learned to discriminate among olive oils, wines, breads and the region's many restaurants. Carefully underwritten is A YEAR IN PROVENCE. A masterpiece in its unique way of understated story telling. And it makes you want to experience Provence, as my wife and I did last September. *** "Understated" is not the word I would pick to describe the film/dvd of the same name based on the book and sequels. The book makes Provence magical. The movie clumsily showcases Provence as human but, as humans frequently are, as dull, self-absorbed and egotistical. Do not make my mistake of seeing the sub-par film before reading the superb book. I almost chose to skip A YEAR IN PROVENCE, the book. Thank the good Lord I did not. Enjoy! -OOO-

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