- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Vintage. (4. Juni 1991)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 9780679731146
- ISBN-13: 978-0679731146
- ASIN: 0679731148
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,4 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 44 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 42.854 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A Year in Provence (Vintage Departures) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Juni 1991
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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
"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 ChildAlle Produktbeschreibungen
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The region of the Luberon is wonderful and I think Mayles book was the reason that we wanted to visit it and found not only the landscape and the villages magnificent. Also the people were lovely, friendly and hospitable.
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.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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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...Veröffentlicht am 31. Dezember 2013 von sarah
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
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
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
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