Book Reviews of A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence
A Year in Provence
Author: Peter Mayle
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ISBN-13: 9780679731146
ISBN-10: 0679731148
Publication Date: 6/4/1991
Pages: 224
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 266 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 7
I thoroughly enjoyed this book...spent last night after supper at the table sipping wine and reading bits out loud to my husband! I found it a bit eye-opening to read about the more "rural" French....they are surprisingly "down-to-earth". Some of us Americans tend to think of all the French as sophisticated snobs...apparently those are the Parisiennes to some degree, but the French farmer and laborer are much like us...only with a huge zest for life...and food and drink-whew! I also found it interesting the way the French get around the exorbitant taxes imposed by a typical European socialist government...we may, très infortuné, need some of those tips in the years to come here in America.
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Helpful Score: 3
I really enjoyed reading this, although, I would have probably enjoyed it more if I knew French. :) There are French words and phrases scattered throughout, but it is not essential to understand French to read the book. The book was very enjoyable, regardless. I enjoyed the author's sense of humor. Overall, I would recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
A lighthearted account of the first year's happenings when two English writers move to Provence. Recurring characters include restauranteurs, neighbors, handymen, and their wives. Fun commentary on the adjustment necessary to move to another country, buy a house, renovate, and finally settle in as townspeople.
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This was a delightful book which I read while on vacation in South Florida - so it's not Provence, but it was a close as I'm getting right now! I waffled between wanting to hop on an Air France jet to Provence or Delta back to Jersey several times. Let's say the heat and the cold didn't endear me to Provence, but spring and autumn sounded just about right!

I enjoyed the written feast of life in Provence immensely. One of these days my husband and I will pack our bags and play tourist in Provence, but you bet it won't be in August! :)
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Helpful Score: 1
I read this one aloud with my aunt, and we laughed and laughed the whole way through. The French phrases were a bit trying at times, but we didn't feel like that took anything away from our enjoyment. I want to move to Provence now! I will be finishing this series, for sure! Highly recommended!
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I enjoyed this book so much that I ordered the sequel right away! The scattered French terms throughout were easy to understand within the context of the story, and what few I couldn't figure out, I Googled.
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The author's banters about everyday life in Provence are absolutely delightful. A quick, fun read. Will be coming back for more.
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Loved it.
Fast, fast read.
Utterly charming.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great read, Peter Mayle writes in a style which makes youfeel as if he is relaying these tales to you over dinner.
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loved it! you must read the whole series...makes you want to go there and meet the characters.
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A wonderful quick read.
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Absolutely hilarious and charming! I laughed until I cried.
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Warm, funny, wonderful! Made me feel as tho I lived there with them.
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I loved this book so much I have collected the several sequels to it. Being a retired French teacher and having visited France at one time, though not Provence, made this memoir all the sweeter, although it can certainly be enjoyed by anyone. The account of Mayle and his wife's year is amusing, informative and terrific story-telling. I laughed out loud more than once!
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I love these books. Anyone who has ever travelled over seas, particularly to Germany, Austria, or France can certainly appreciate the situations which arise in this book. I laughed all the way through it!
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This was a nice, light read. Enjoyed the author's description of their "culture shock," and reading about the things they fell in love with and wouldn't ever get used to. Thought it funny how they come to view "tourists." Similar to "Under the Tuscan Sun," I recommend this to all who enjoy sitting down with a book with the ability to take them away to another country and life.
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This was a great book. It was entertaining from beginning to end and I felt like I was there in Provence. I grew to love the characters immediately and am ready to move there after reading this delightful accounting of Peter Mayle's first year of living in Provence.
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Reading their story of moving into a home in Provence as "outsiders" proves interesting, just as one would hope it would. This book allows you to try it out vicariously. It's a good little read.
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Very funny look at living in southern France as an outsider.
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This book is fun to read! Peter Mayle and his wife move to Provence and he writes about their experiences in one year there. Getting to know the neighbors and their ways, learning about business, culture and FOOD, and all with a great sense of humor. You could put it on the travel book shelf, the humor book shelf, and probably several others. I recommend it!
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This is just a really enjoyable read - - loved the insights into French culture, the love of food, and could completely envision the appeal of of Provencial lifestyle.
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If you aren't able to visit Provence, do so vicariously by reading this book. And if you are planning on going, this is a must read.
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Charming book. English couple setting up household in France.
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You really get a feeling for what it would be like to live in Provence including the local preferences in foods, social settings etc. If you can't go there, this book is the next best thing.
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Charming read despite its age.
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Peter Mayle brings Provence to life in this wonderful narrative of his travles through the region in the 80's. Very enjoyable and lyrical recounting of his adventures.
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A wonderful look at the French!
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If you are planning to go to France...read this on the way!
Delightful!
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English folk move to France and rusticate. Good food and wine, lots of sun, and interesting locals.
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A pleasant, literate, read.
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Very good book, a quirky look at France. Be warned - you will get VERY hungry while reading!
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Wonderfully funny. I had to put the book down repeatedly because I was laughing so hard
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Really, really fun read! Just all around enjoyable!
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A favorite!
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Very enjoyable true story. Author describes fulfilling dream of moving into 200-year-old stone farmhouse in France.
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A delightful book. An Englishman moves to Provence and the colorful story of how the French work in a renovation project. The description of the French food and restaurants makes this a worthwhile read.
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Classic travel lit. The British author describes his first year as a resident of Provence after years of visiting the fabled region of France. Funny and insightful.
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great read
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A very enjoyable read.
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Loved it!
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Very easy and pleasurable read.
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I think this is must reading for anyone planning a trip to the region. it's amusing and informative. I can hardly wait to get there!
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I read this book quite awhile ago and remember loving it. I never laughed so hard and thinking my how we americans are so spoiled.
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Entertaining, amusing, and the best of Mayle's French series. Highly recommended as a light but edifying read.
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I loved this book, which is a humorous account of one family's experience on moving to the French countryside. It is extremely entertaining, a wonderful read !
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A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle is a humorous account of a British couple who moves to an old farmhouse in Southern France. Thinking back on this book, the IHOP slogan keeps running through my mind. Come hungry, leave happy. I read this book over twenty years ago when it was first published and I still drool when I think of all the delectable food Peter Mayle mentioned. From the sugared slices of fried bread called tranches dorées, to the cold roasted peppers, slippery with olive oil and speckled with fresh basil, tiny mussels wrapped in bacon and barbequed on skewers, salad and cheese, my taste buds never forgot my little jaunt to Provence with Mr. Mayle. His writing style is memorable, too. With charming wit Mayle takes us with him month by month as we explore his new surroundings and neighbors. We learn about truffle hunting, the mistrals, and how to move a frozen stone table with a little help from your friends. I highly recommend this book enjoyable book! Read other reviews at http://readinginthegarden.blogspot.com
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Armchair travelers will love this account of Brits moving to a vacation spot and the adventures of their first year.