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A Year in Provence | [Peter Mayle]

A Year in Provence

Peter Mayle and his wife had been to Provence as tourists. They had dreamed of one day trading the long, grey winters and damp summers of England for the blue skies and sunshine of the coast of southern France. And then they made it happen. They moved into an old farmhouse at the foot of the Luberon mountains and embarked on a wonderful, if at times bewildering, new life.
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Publisher's Summary

Peter Mayle and his wife had been to Provence as tourists. They had dreamed of one day trading the long, grey winters and damp summers of England for the blue skies and sunshine of the coast of southern France. And then they made it happen. They moved into an old farmhouse at the foot of the Luberon mountains and embarked on a wonderful, if at times bewildering, new life.

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

What the Critics Say

"A Year in Provence is part memoir, part homeowner's manual, part travelogue, and all charming fun." (Amazon.com review)

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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 06-24-14
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 06-24-14 Member Since 2006

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    "Very Enjoyable"

    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!

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    Kristina Bozeman, MT, United States 02-04-13
    Kristina Bozeman, MT, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A perfectly delightful to listen to, the French!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    You are able to tell the characters by their accents and flow of language...French to English.


    If you’ve listened to books by Peter Mayle before, how does this one compare?

    My first of his books.


    What does Peter Mayle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    My attention span is not that long.


    Any additional comments?

    Want to visit France? Take a trip to Provence by listening to this book.

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