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A Year in Provence [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Peter Mayle
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1. Juni 2000
Enjoy an irresistible feast of humour and discover the joys of French rural living with Peter Mayle's bestselling, much-loved account of 'A Year In Provence'. Peter Mayle and his wife did what most of us only imagine doing when they made their long-cherished dream of a life abroad a reality: throwing caution to the wind, they bought a glorious two hundred year-old farmhouse in the Lubéron Valley and began a new life. In a year that begins with a marathon lunch and continues with a host of gastronomic delights, they also survive the unexpected and often hilarious curiosities of rural life. From mastering the local accent and enduring invasion by bumbling builders, to discovering the finer points of boules and goat-racing, all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life are conjured up in this enchanting portrait.

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  • Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin; Auflage: Neuausg. (1. Juni 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0140296034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140296037
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 1,4 x 19,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.4 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (43 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 72.939 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Who hasn't dreamed, on a mundane Monday or frowzy Friday, of chucking it all in and packing off to the south of France? Provençal cookbooks and guidebooks entice with provocatively fresh salads and azure skies, but is it really all Côtes-du-Rhône and fleur-de-lis? Author Peter Mayle answers that question with wit, warmth, and wicked candor in A Year in Provence, the chronicle of his own foray into Provençal domesticity.

Beginning, appropriately enough, on New Year's Day with a divine luncheon in a quaint restaurant, Mayle sets the scene and pits his British sensibilities against it. "We had talked about it during the long gray winters and the damp green summers," he writes, "looked with an addict's longing at photographs of village markets and vineyards, dreamed of being woken up by the sun slanting through the bedroom window." He describes in loving detail the charming, 200-year-old farmhouse at the base of the Lubéron Mountains, its thick stone walls and well-tended vines, its wine cave and wells, its shade trees and swimming pool--its lack of central heating. Indeed, not 10 pages into the book, reality comes crashing into conflict with the idyll when the Mistral, that frigid wind that ravages the Rhône valley in winter, cracks the pipes, rips tiles from the roof, and tears a window from its hinges. And that's just January.

In prose that skips along lightly, Mayle records the highlights of each month, from the aberration of snow in February and the algae-filled swimming pool of March through the tourist invasions and unpredictable renovations of the summer months to a quiet Christmas alone. Throughout the book, he paints colorful portraits of his neighbors, the Provençaux grocers and butchers and farmers who amuse, confuse, and befuddle him at every turn. A Year in Provence is part memoir, part homeowner's manual, part travelogue, and all charming fun. --L.A. Smith -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .


"Delightful." —The Washington Post


"Get a glass of marc, lean back in your most comfortable chair, and spend a delicious year in Provence." —George Lang


"Engaging, funny and richly appreciative." —The New York Times Book Review


"Stylish, witty, delightfully readable." —The Sunday Times (London)


"Fascinating." —Christian Science Monitor


"I really loved this book." —Julia Child

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Magnificent! 15. September 2007
This book is one of my very favourites. It is the story of an English couple which has moved to France and their struggles with the French bureaucracy, getting their house finished and freezing in the chilling winds of the mistral. But it is also about the joys of French cuisine, lovely neighbours and the stunning provencal landscape. It is truly a masterpiece. It is wonderfully written, laugh-out-loud funny at times and always beautiful. A must read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a Charming Divertissement 20. Juni 2000
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I generally abhor travelogues, but this defies the genre and isn't really a travelogue per-se anyway. It describes a destination rather than a journey. Mayle and his wife arrive in Provence with full expectations of living la dolce vita and end up embroiled in a series of catastrophes that require them to reshape their entire characters and perform some serious attitude-adjusting. The English, like their American cousins, are accustomed to time and labor operating at peak efficiency. When someone tells us a job will be done in two weeks, we expect it done in 10 days. When we listen to weather reports, we want to know how long a particular pattern will last. We don't want to be told, "Maybe two days, maybe two weeks, maybe two months." As Mayle reports, things are done a bit differently in Provence. Time operates in a different dimension. If time is even considered, it is contemplated in terms of seasons, rather than hours, days, or weeks.
Mayle's (and his wife's) adaptation to the Provencal lifestyle is sometimes painful, other times poignant and telling, but almost always extremely funny. He is a born raconteur, a master of the amusing anecdote, expert at rendering a farcical tableau.
The cast of characters of A Year in Provence are priceless. He describes them vividly and each lends color to the overall impression of les Provencals that we eventually come away with. Mayle pokes gentle fun at them and obviously has warm feelings towards them, even his fox-eating neighbor, Massot. Every inhabitant of the region has a strong opinion on a variety of subjects, and these opinions are often at odds with those of their neighbors. About the only thing everyone agrees on is the importance of food.
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Von gypsy18
I think Peter Mayle was a genius to leave his boring Madison Avenue job to become a provencal in search of the perfect marc; pastis; olive oil; boulangerie; 130-franc seven-course dinner (!); philosophical plumber; crochety (murderous?) neighbor; goat race; Parisian hipster party...I could go on! The author has a flair for developing his characters with wry panache. You will want to read this book over & over (& at least ONCE while actually in Provence)! Enjoy!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Like vacationing in the South of France . . . 28. April 2000
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When I was a sophomore in college, I spent a semester in Aix-en-Provence, France. While I was there I discovered that many of my fellow classmates had read "A Year in Provence" and were captivated by Mayle's account. Once I returned to the US, my parents bought it for me and I devoured it quickly. I loved this book -- and since I spent some time in Provence, I could relate to the various characters and adventures that Mr. Mayle writes about. His talent is definitely in the writing -- you certainly feel as if you are in Provence with him, searching out truffles or lamenting over his stone dining room table. I read this book (as well as its sequel, "Toujours Provence") over and over again, whenever I want to reminisce about the four months I spent abroad, or just for a few quick laughs. It truly is like taking a vacation, and taking a peek into Peter Mayle's charming quaint Provencal life. I highly recommend this book to anyone . . . and I promise that you will want to visit the South of France immediately!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Accordion-a-flowing-a-humourous-delicacy 1. Dezember 1999
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Every chapter of this book presents a vignette that brims with unpredictable hilarity. It has the sheer charm to make you reluctantly nod yet more or less agree why the fame and fabled South of France is all at once riveting, alluring, loungy, laidback and the quintessential respite to pamper people from all over the world. Its unharried glamour all the more becomes real and felt once you start with even chapter one. It's like going through a travelogue where encounters will not stupify yet mystify you. And you will just really laugh! Then you slowly reckon why and how its denizens's lifestyles, annotations, conceptions and the French culture become simply irresistible to many while being puzzling to a few.
Like a laiback yet long string of circuitous coil, every event is connected and funny and serious at the same time. I read and follow the detailed records of Peter Mayle in what I can describe as his sojourn to Aix-En Provence and I am left charmed and delighted.
Particular house, street, get-together scenes in sun-drenched hillsides, gardens and stream banks just fill my imagination. My eyes cannot avert from these picturesque visions. Then they're perfectly admixtured with Mayle's records of the perplexing yet funny experiences the characters get into.
This book is a dear and a delicious feeder with or without the aperitif!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Made me laugh and drink wine!
Loved it so much, half way through the book I started drinking wine as I read along ;) I laughed tons, learned a bit about the region, drooled a bit, and finished off a bottle of... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 10 Monaten von sarah veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen still intersting and worth reading
I read this book as a recommendation in hindsight of our holidays we wanted to spend at the Provence - without having decided where to go precisely. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 15 Monaten von A. Pabel veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Year in Provence
Das Buch war ein Geschenk für einen Freund. Ich habe dieses Buch in gebrauchtem Zustand gekauft und mein Freund hat mir erklärt, daß das Buch in einem... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 20 Monaten von Peter Ferdinand veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Hörbuch - stark gekürzt
Das Buch ist wunderbar und wer die Provence kennt, wird die Erlebnisse, die Peter Mayle zum Besten gibt genießen und viel lachen und schmunzeln können. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Dezember 2011 von Anonymous
1.0 von 5 Sternen A Year in Provence with a Boring Snob
I must agree with a previous review--I am mystified as to why such a piece of junk received so much acclaim. Mayle is definitely a snob, and it resonates through the entire book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Juli 2000 von Sarah L. Goralewski
5.0 von 5 Sternen AMAZING! Need I say more? I will.....
Truly an amazing book--reading this takes you on a fantastic trip to the Provence you once knew, or the Provence you want to know (and trust me, after reading this, you will want... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Juni 2000 von ineedaniron
5.0 von 5 Sternen I have died and gone to heaven
I live in northern Idaho where we are at the whimsy of the elements and when I stumbled onto this lovely book I was entranced. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Juni 2000 von Lynda Lowman
5.0 von 5 Sternen Oh la la... La Provence
With my wife coming from the region of Provence in the South of France, and having spent numerous vacations hiking the hills, swimming in the sea, eating the food, and drinking the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 5. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Year in Provence
It is like taking a vacation in the South of France. Every page makes one want to win the lottery and leave for Provence tomorrow; of course with other books by Peter Mayle in... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 15. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Lovely visit to France-for its Italian=read AS THE ROMANS DO
I read and re-read A Year in Provence and longed for the European sensibilities; the sensual, amusing, delicious ways. Lesen Sie weiter...
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