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A Year in Provence

Mayle, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0241122201 / ISBN 13: 9780241122204
Editorial: Hamish Hamilton Ltd, London, UK, 1989
Condición: Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
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First printing. Binding very good in clean blue cloth with gilt titling to spine. Corners all very good, although there are small bumps at spine ends. Text pages and illustrations are all clean with no markings. I would normally describe this book as very good, but there is a previous owner gift inscription on fep. D/J is unclipped with no tears or loss, but does have some rubbing to top edge and a couple of very small nicks. Slight loss of colour to lower spine area. Protected now in removable clear cover. Despatched same or next working day in protective packaging. N° de ref. de la librería 008674

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Título: A Year in Provence

Editorial: Hamish Hamilton Ltd, London, UK

Año de publicación: 1989

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Ilustrador: Leslie Forbes

Condición del libro:Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Good

Edición: 1st Edition

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Sinopsis:

In this work for armchair and actual travellers alike, the author records the events of a year in Provence, from foie gras and burst pipes in January, through the Tour de France preparations and the influx of tourists, the grape "vendange" and the mushroom season, to the Christmas gastronomie splurge.

Review:

Who hasn't dreamed, on a mundane Monday or frowzy Friday, of chucking it all in and packing off to the south of France? Provençal cookbooks and guidebooks entice with provocatively fresh salads and azure skies, but is it really all Côtes-du-Rhône and fleur-de-lis? Author Peter Mayle answers that question with wit, warmth, and wicked candor in A Year in Provence, the chronicle of his own foray into Provençal domesticity.

Beginning, appropriately enough, on New Year's Day with a divine luncheon in a quaint restaurant, Mayle sets the scene and pits his British sensibilities against it. "We had talked about it during the long gray winters and the damp green summers," he writes, "looked with an addict's longing at photographs of village markets and vineyards, dreamed of being woken up by the sun slanting through the bedroom window." He describes in loving detail the charming, 200-year-old farmhouse at the base of the Lubéron Mountains, its thick stone walls and well-tended vines, its wine cave and wells, its shade trees and swimming pool--its lack of central heating. Indeed, not 10 pages into the book, reality comes crashing into conflict with the idyll when the Mistral, that frigid wind that ravages the Rhône valley in winter, cracks the pipes, rips tiles from the roof, and tears a window from its hinges. And that's just January.

In prose that skips along lightly, Mayle records the highlights of each month, from the aberration of snow in February and the algae-filled swimming pool of March through the tourist invasions and unpredictable renovations of the summer months to a quiet Christmas alone. Throughout the book, he paints colorful portraits of his neighbors, the Provençaux grocers and butchers and farmers who amuse, confuse, and befuddle him at every turn. A Year in Provence is part memoir, part homeowner's manual, part travelogue, and all charming fun. --L.A. Smith

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