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.
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.
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.
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! :)
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
I really enjoyed reading this.
I liked the chronological format.
Each chapter is a month of humorous events that begin early in the year, with buying a nice fixer upper in the French countryside, and conclude at year end with finishing projects and celebrations with food, fellowship and fruitful harvests of the region.
I like maps and found myself looking up the places mentioned so I could see it the areas for myself. To read about fields of lavender sounds nice; then to look it up on Google Maps (or geographic source of your choice) and read first hand reviews and see photographs of the lavender fields... that was pretty cool.
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!
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.
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.
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