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Who hasn't dreamed, on a mundane Monday or frustratingFriday, 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 vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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“Engaging, funny and richly appreciative.” ―The New York Times

“Stylish, witty, delightfully readable.” ―The Sunday Times (London)

“A Francophile's delight, this is a highly entertaining book.” ―Library Journal

“I really loved this book.” ―Julia Child

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Von Taffetapunk am 15. September 2007
Format: Taschenbuch
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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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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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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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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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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