A Year in Provence (Provence #1)

A Year in Provence (Provence #1)

National Bestseller  In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing throug National Bestseller  In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a lo...

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Title:A Year in Provence (Provence #1)
Author:Peter Mayle
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Genres:Travel
ISBN:A Year in Provence
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:207 pages pages

A Year in Provence (Provence #1) Reviews

  • JG (The Introverted Reader)
    Sep 26, 2009
    Peter Mayle and his wife finally decide to say goodbye to dreary British weather and move to sunny Provence in France. This book tells about their experiences living in Provence, from the colorful locals to the excellent food to the workmen who come and go like forces of nature. Thi...
  • Noel
    Feb 01, 2011
    I read a couple of reviews on goodreads for this book and had to laugh at some of those who felt the book was whiney and written by a rich guy who could afford a super farmhouse with a pool no less! One review said that Mayle went back to England to live. Well ? those reviews smack o...
  • Maria
    Nov 28, 2007
    3.5 stars. Well, this was a very charming read. The whole "o hay we moved 2 provence, awesome rite?" thing wasn't nearly as obnoxious as I thought it was going to be, although I still think these travelogues are highly masturbatory in nature. Peter Mayle has a light touch with a pen...
  • Dave
    Oct 01, 2007
    This is a fun book that is literally about the first year Mayle spent in his new home in Provence. The chapters are divided into months, so a reader gets to enjoy with Mayle the seasonal changes of this beautiful region of France. Mayle understands the importance of gastronomy to the F...
  • Leftbanker
    Sep 30, 2007
    It?s sad to think that there are probably dozens of great books about people who have moved to France that were rejected by publishers so they could take this book, which is completely devoid of insights, and shove it down our throats. The book has a wonderful premise in which a Br...
  • Christine
    Sep 26, 2007
    I found this book walking to the B train this morning. Someone had gotten rid of it. Don't judge me to harshly for my foray into escapism, it makes the morning commute go fast. 1 week or so later... So I've finished it, and although it had its moments where I chuckled a bit, I ...
  • Catherine
    May 23, 2008
    A Year in Provence is a book about a couple who decides to leave their every-day-life behind and begin a new life together in Provence. For those of you who don't know what Provence is, it's kind of like Tuscany meets France, but better. After reading this book, I truly hope some day M...
  • ❂ Jennifer
    Dec 20, 2015
    One of those beautiful, descriptive memoirs that make me want to sell everything I own for a house in France (or Italy) and a life of tranquility and luxurious food. Only slightly more wordy review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/123517... ...
  • Dennis
    Mar 20, 2011
    J'adore the English sense of humor. With stiff upper lip and wry observation sprinkled with warm affection, Englishman Peter Mayle embraces a cadre of colorful characters inhabiting the warmer south of France in this memoir documenting his first year as a new permanent resident relocat...
  • Kim
    Jun 02, 2017
    2.5 stars, ok +. I'll give the next two a go! ...
  • Jen
    Jan 13, 2009
    Hmmm...okay. I learned that: 1. With enough money you can relocate to Provence and buy a 200 year old farmhouse with mossy swimming pool, problematic pipes, and a wine cave backing up to the Luberon mountains. Wait, it gets worse! 2. Once you do this everyone who has ever vaguely...
  • Julie Ehlers
    May 26, 2015
    In some ways it wasn't really this book's fault that I didn't like it. It came out in the U.S. in 1990 and was probably one of the first "I-lived-among-the-French-and-they-are-peculiar" memoirs. Since then, there have been countless other memoirs on this same topic, several of which I ...
  • Snap
    May 20, 2012
    I've been cleaning out the bookshelves and found A YEAR IN PROVENCE. I know I read this book when it was first published and remembered enjoying Mayle's chronicles of the year he and his wife moved to Provence. I thought it was the perfect weekend read and I was correct! I enjoyed visi...
  • Todd Wright
    Jan 20, 2018
    The idea for this book was borrowed from Green Acres. Mayle loves living in the country but immediately needs to update his house in an effort to make it more familiar. Wow, look at the crazy locals, they carry guns and use dogs to hunt. Contractors don't meet their deadlines. People t...
  • Joan Reeves
    Jun 02, 2012
    Part Travelogue; Part Love Letter I loved this charming book. My interest was stirred by the Russell Crowe film A Good Year which was based on Mr. Mayle's book. The movie is heartwarming, witty, and full of sweet charm, and tjh. Naturally I had to seek out the author of the book fro...
  • David
    May 09, 2011
    I've read quite a few negative reviews of this book, many of them focusing on the author's presumption in being able to afford a home in Provence and the reviewers' consequent inability to "relate" to him. Others see it as "trite" and not at all what they were expecting. Well, bald...
  • Cyndy Aleo
    May 20, 2011
    In the course of thinning out my book herd, I've been reading books that I haven't read in years, trying to determine whether I should keep them, or move them along. Going back to Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence was like going back to an old friend's house, but I've never been so hung...
  • Jan-Maat
    Jan 17, 2018
    Chiens de chasse are too specialised to be bought and sold across a counter, and we were told that no serious hunter would consider buying a pup without first meeting both parents. Judging by some of the hunting dogs we had seen, we could imagine that finding the father might have been...
  • Antonomasia
    Jan 18, 2012
    [3.5] Back in the early 90's, A Year in Provence was a favourite easy target for satirists and alternative comedians on British TV. Now in my 30s, with a new liking for books about moving to the country and doing up an old house, I wanted to find out what this object of so many jokes w...
  • Negin
    Jun 11, 2017
    I read right this before our visit to Provence, which has turned out to be one of my favorite places on earth. I was quite excited to read this since I?d always heard such great stuff about it. The book started out nicely enough but then became rather repetitive. Most of the ...
  • Bookish Temptations
    Dec 28, 2015
    Such a fabulous book. If you've never read a book by Peter Mayle I'd really recommend that you do. I've enjoyed all of his books...some of them several times. ...
  • Hannah
    May 21, 2016
    4 Stars - Fantastic book, would absolutely recommend it. There's really nothing I don't like about this book. It's short, easy to read, and such fun. Peter Mayle, the author, writes in a charming book that, in my opinion makes the people of Provence endearing. As an American, we oft...
  • David Silva
    Dec 17, 2011
    I vacationed in the Luberon area of France this year, the setting of Peter Mayle's book and mini series. My friend had read his book prior to arranging the trip and as expected the familiarity was a great starting point. I decided to wait on reading the book until after the trip. I wan...
  • Margitte
    Nov 06, 2015
    The next best thing to living in France, is to read this book. Loved it! It is the first book in this genre which provided a complete picture of life in a rural French town by two Brits moving there. ...
  • Manab
    Jun 08, 2016
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    May 03, 2015
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  • Neil Fox
    Mar 12, 2017
    Reading this at the back end of a Northern European winter, Provence seems, and is, a million miles away. From the pages of this book flow the sights, smells, tastes, moods, sounds and ambiance of Provence, right down to the clear, crisp and sharp quality of the Provencale light. The s...
  • Nooilforpacifists
    Aug 19, 2015
    Not as funny as he thinks he is. Goes on and on--starry-eyed Anglo-Saxon loose in flinty Province, kept afloat by uncontrollable electricians and incompetent plumbers. And, ultimately, by profits from this best-seller. Major result of publication, and sequel, has been increase in pr...
  • Kara
    May 22, 2017
    "A Year in Provence? is not lesfic, nor is it a new book. Thirty years ago it kicked off a new type of travel book that showed the reader what it would be like to live in an area, not just visit it. Honestly, I expected much more from the book. The first half or two-thirds showed ...
  • Robert
    Jan 06, 2017
    Peter Mayle duce o via?? frumoas? ?i calm?. Sunt fericit c? mai exist? înc? oameni care se bucur? din lucruri m?runte. Mai vreau s? v? zic ceva: Vreau s? m? mut în Provence! ...