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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (June 2 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679736042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679736042
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 20.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

British author Mayle shares his adventures in France's Midi in an enchanting book that stayed on PW 's hardcover bestseller list for 19 weeks. His new book, Acquired Tastes , will be published by Bantam in May.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

For fans of his A Year in Provence ( LJ 4/1/90; "Best Books of 1990," LJ 1/91), Mayle is back with more amusing tales of "la vie en rose" in the south of France. Writing with affectionate humor, he recounts such adventures as sneaking through British customs with a suitcase full of expensive truffles and digging for gold coins in his backyard with his wily and greedy neighbor. He encounters truly French eccentrics like Regis, the athlete gourmet who wears a track suit to enjoy his meals, and the ambitious Monsieur Salques, the choirmaster of the singing toads of St. Panteleon who plans to celebrate the bicentennial of the French Revolution with an amphibian rendition of the "Marseillaise." Describing a memorable 50th-birthday picnic that ends in a sudden rainstorm, Mayle conjures up hilarious images in vivid prose: "Showing through a pair of once-white, once-opaque trousers, red-lettered knickers wished us all Merry Xmas." Recommended for all travel collections.
- Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If you've ventured through my reviews previous to this you know of my deep seated love and enthusiasm for Mr. Mayle's first novel " A Year In Provence". Being such a big fan I was more than slightly apprehensive when his second installment was released. I had prepared my self for a huge letdown!
Fortunately, once again, I was wrong. Don't misunderstand me...while I enjoy this book immensely it simply doesn't match up to his first novel. The "flow" of the first novel isn't there and some pieces feel as though they've been plastered together. That being said...WHO CARES!
Mr. Mayle's talent in story-telling is still with us and some of his chapters, such as hunting the elusive tuffle, attending a Pavorotti concert and digging up gold Naopoleon's in his own yard make for a wonderful adventure which I greatly enjoyed.
Overall, the book has the same cozy, warm feeling that his first novel so vividly captured and I now have my own hardbound copy as well. But, than again, I'm biased! I tend to enjoy his novel's due to their naivete,innocence and of course his tendencies to expand upon French culture. What's not to like?
So, if you enjoyed his first you will undoubtably like this as well. And if not....well, you wish to stay away. Overall, I think Peter Mayle has done us, and his bank account,a very big favor by letting us enjoy he and his wife's misadventure's in Provence and here's hopeing they'll be many more!
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Peter Mayle has written a very entertaining view of rural French people and life in Provence. His view contrasts sharply with the idea most Americans have of that region -- very glitzy and refined. Instead he paints a picture that pretty much excludes the tourists that flock to the area in July and August. Very humorously and quite accurately, he paints a charming picture of people who lead pretty plain lives that seem driven mostly by pleasures of the palate and a lack of concern for problems of the world. His verbal renditions are packed with French, which adds a lot of flavor but might turn off those who speak no French. This book is most delightfully enjoyed as a book on tape, read by a Brit, who also has command of French. It will be enjoyed by anyone who has traveled to and through Provence. Those who have not been there, may or may not appreciate his very colorful, wry, and vivid British descriptions.
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Peter Mayle has written a very entertaining view of rural French people and life in Provence. His view contrasts sharply with the idea most Americans have of that region -- very glitzy and refined. Instead he paints a picture that pretty much excludes the tourists that flock to the area in July and August. Very humorously and quite accurately, he paints a charming picture of people who lead pretty plain lives that seem driven mostly by pleasures of the palate and a lack of concern for problems of the world. His verbal renditions are packed with French, which adds a lot of flavor but might turn off those who speak no French. This book is most delightfully enjoyed as a book on tape, read by a Brit, who also has command of French. It will be enjoyed by anyone who has traveled to and through Provence. Those who have not been there, may or may not appreciate his very colorful, wry, and vivid British descriptions.
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By JK Oregon on Feb. 1 2001
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A series of pastiches of life in Provence. If you don't speak French, a lot will be lost on you. If you do because you have spent time in Provence, the characters will appear familiar.
However, the tales are not that funny or even amusing. In addition, they're from the point of view of an Englishman, so it has a twist that at times really doesn't work for American readers (comparisons of school food in France and Britain, etc.)
My wife read "Une annee en Provence" and felt the same lack of interest in this volume as I do.
It is redeemed mostly by Mayle's talent as a writer. Some of his descriptions and meals are very, very well done. But again beyond painting the picture, it's not funny or insightful.
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Like Provence, Mayle continues to charm with further adventures from the land of food, wine, and sunshine. If you haven't read "A Year In Provence", I'd suggest starting with that as many of the "characters" he introduced make return visits here. Less structural than his first book, these chapters come off as varied meditations on random events that occur day to day; A birthday picnic, a new found pet,the search for gold in his backyard, and of course the various gastromical pleasures to be found throughout the region. I didn't find it quite as good as the first book, but still he has a way of making you feel like you're sitting down with an old friend.
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Don't ask but I read this book first and it's the second intallment in the series. I bought it because I was waiting at the airport and liked the cover. What a surprise that I actually found myself laughing at several of the chapters! My husband would want to know what was so funny, but it's just one of those things that to tell him, he wouldn't get it or see the humor. My favorite chapter and the one that still makes me giggle was the dinner date with Pavarotti!! You know, it really did make sense!! (will mean something only to the person who read the chapter)
My best suggestion: BUY A FRENCH DICTIONARY. I found myself constantly looking up words. Enjoy!
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