- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (June 14, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780375705625
- ISBN-13: 978-0375705625
- ASIN: 0375705627
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 212 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Off to Amazon to find the book. For a reasonable price, I downloaded for the Kindle software and began to enjoy the book as much as the movie.
The book has several interesting twists not present in the movie version. However, both are excellent. I will not reveal the twists, as that would spoil the read.
I suggest viewing the movie first. The characters in the movie are played by first rate actors and remembering their faces and mannerisms while reading the book make it all the more enjoyable and memorable. The movie and the book complement each other perfectly. Peter Mayle is an excellent storyteller.