Among their experiences that first year: being inundated with builders and visitors, grappling with the native accent, taking part in goat races and supervising the planting of a new vineyard.
Now, Peter Mayle personally recounts the pleasures and frustrations of Provençal life - sharing in a way no one else can, the unique and endearing culture that is Provence.
©1989 Peter Mayle (P)1991 Macmillan Audio
"A Year in Provence is part memoir, part homeowner's manual, part travelogue, and all charming fun." (Amazon.com review)
I love this story in its full length. I was not paying attention when I got this version and am irritated when I listen to it. The edits are very abrupt and part of the enjoyment of this book is meandering through their year, not racing through like a fire sale.
It would be 5 star unabridged.
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This was a very pleasant book; however I think I missed out on a lot since it was an abridged version.
I love food and travel so I was easily swept up by the story… minus the home renovation parts as humorous as they were. The writing was great, I loved the way the author made me feel like I really was in the country side or enjoying a delicious meal!
I can see how this book would compel people to go to Provence for a visit, I was there in 2010 and now that I’ve read this book I have an urge to go back!
You are able to tell the characters by their accents and flow of language...French to English.
My first of his books.
I really felt like I was in Provence. I could see all that happened and tell by their voices whether they were excited or hohum. Because i studied French in HS, it was a fresh way to hear the language again.
My attention span is not that long.
Want to visit France? Take a trip to Provence by listening to this book.
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