A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence

Book - 1990
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They had been there often as tourists. They had cherished the dream of someday living all year under the Provencal sun. And suddenly it happened.

Here is the month-by-month account of the charms and frustrations that Peter Mayle and his wife -- and their two large dogs -- experience their first year in the remote country of the Luberon restoring a two-centuries-old stone farmhouse that they bought on sight. From coping in January with the first mistral, which comes howling down from the Rhone Valley and wreaks havoc with the pipes, to dealing as the months go by with the disarming promises and procrastination of the local masons and plumbers, Peter Mayle delights us with his strategies for survival. He relishes the growing camaraderie with his country neighbors -- despite the rich, soupy, often impenetrable patois that threatens to separate them. He makes friends with boar hunters and truffle hunters, a man who eats foxes, and another who bites dentists; he discovers the secrets of handicapping racing goats and of disarming vipers. And he comes to dread the onslaught of tourists who disrupt his tranquillity.

In this often hilarious, seductive book Peter Mayle manages to transport us info all the earthy pleasures of Provencal life and lets us live vicariously in a tempo governed by seasons, not by days. George Lang, who was smitten, suggests: "Get a glass of marc, lean back in your most comfortable chair, and spend a delicious year in Provence."
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1990, c1989
ISBN: 9780394572307
Branch Call Number: 944.9 May 05ad 01
Characteristics: 207 p. :,ill
Additional Contributors: Clancy, Judith


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Jan 13, 2019

A delightful read!

Lovestoread5 Aug 05, 2018

Fantastic writing. Very inspiring - making you want to pack up and leave right away to visit Provence. The author's chapters go through each month of the year, telling the reader what each month provides with regards to the weather, people, food, towns, events. I'd read it again. Loved it - one of my favorites!

Nov 15, 2017

I loved it and plan to read more of this books. But he has his critics - people who feel his impressions of Provence are not accurate and portray the locals in a negative light. I do find that in cultures that I know well that the locals are very sensitive to any form of criticism - they don't want to admit to their weaknesses. On the other hand maybe they have some valid points. But I would love to spend some time in Province living like a local.

Oct 30, 2017

Humorous and entertaining.

Jan 13, 2017

The way he describes shopping for, preparing, and eating food is delightful. And the way he writes about the renovations to his home and all the people he encounters, makes you want to look at your own experiences in a new light.

JCLMeganC Aug 07, 2015

Peter Mayle treats his adventures in Provence with humor and insight. A pleasure to read - with a glass of wine at hand!

bibliotechnocrat Dec 31, 2014

This charming month-by-month account of a British couple who move to the south of France is a delicious treat. Mayle has a light touch and a gift for deft characterization. Renovation plans drag on with tradesmen randomly disappearing, visitors collect like flies on honey, food and wine take on new meaning, and the sun shines. If you need a vicarious vacation, this book completely fits the bill: armchair travel at its finest.

May 05, 2014

Funny book that any travel reader or writer will love. This is written in a great narrative style that allows the reader to truly experience Provence first-hand through Peter's eyes.

Jun 21, 2011

also good as an audio book

Oct 27, 2009

This is an excellent vacation book. I totally enjoyed the author's style and his gentle and humorous depiction of life in rural Provence.

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Feb 04, 2010

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Aug 27, 2012

"We learned that time in Provence is a very elastic commodity, even when it is described in clear and specific terms. Un petit quart d'heure means sometime today. Demain means sometime this week. And, the most elastic time segment of all, une quinzaine can mean 3 weeks, 2 months, or next year, but never, ever does it mean 15 days." "...occassionally reinforced by the magic word normalment, a supremely versatile escape clause worthy of an insurance policy.Normalment-providing it doesn't rain, providing the truck hasn't broken down, providing the brother-in-law hasn't borrowed the tool box-is the Provencal builder's equivalent of the fine print in a contract...."


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