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Riassunto: A personal description of the charms and occasional frustrations of Provencal life. Provence, a hugely popular area of France, where tourists take away memories of white-hot skies, alfresco meals a
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
Titolo: A Year In Provence (U) (Ulverscroft Large ...
Casa editrice: Ulverscroft
Data di pubblicazione: 1991
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Ulverscroft, 1991. Condizione libro: Fair. Largeprint. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP3805448
Descrizione libro Ulverscroft, 1991. Condizione libro: Good. Largeprint. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP7687297
Descrizione libro Ulverscroft Large Print Books. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fair. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Codice libro della libreria G0708924859I5N10
Descrizione libro Ulverscroft Large Print. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used; Acceptable. YELLOW PAGES DUE TO AGE **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence!. Codice libro della libreria 2524536
Descrizione libro Ulverscroft., 1989. Condizione libro: Very Good. Hard Cover. Book-VG; ex-library. Codice libro della libreria 1797986
Descrizione libro Ulverscroft Large Print 1992-01, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: good. 0708924859. Codice libro della libreria 517799
Descrizione libro Ulverscroft, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110708924859
Descrizione libro Ulverscroft. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0708924859 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.3141868