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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 47 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Books on Tape
  • Audible.com Release Date: October 19, 2006
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000K7KJLS
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By Jesse Kornbluth on November 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
t was at a show of paintings by Cezanne and Pissarro at the Museum of Modern Art that I realized I wanted to spend my declining years in the South of France. Specifically, in Provence. My bedroom was the key image: a big bed, whitewashed walls, a shuttered window. And this, most of all --- a view of rolling fields of lavender.

This was not a fantasy of a late-life invalid. Of course I'd write. Probably about Provence. And then I remembered: Peter Mayle has already been there, done that. Indeed, he owns the franchise on Provence.

I would be annoyed by Mayle's dominance, but the thing is, I know him ever so slightly and he just might be the most pleasant guy on the planet. Opens the good wine for guests. Laughs at your jokes, etc. And is so not a greasy careerist, eager to sell out a beautiful patch of France for a bag of Euros. Listen to Mayle tell the story of his success:

I was doing some work for GQ magazine and I had a little bit put aside. We sold our house in England. But I had an idea for a novel that I had sold to a publisher in England. I was going to go out to Provence, lock myself away and whack out this novel and financial things would be more comfortable. I got there and was so distracted by what was going on that I didn't do anything on the novel. My literary agent kept ringing me up and asking to see pages and I eventually sent him some pages on why I couldn't start the novel. He took them to the publisher and said this actually is a much better idea than the novel and the publisher agree. "If he can do another 250 pages like this we've got something." They gave me a "modest advance" -- so modest in fact that it was self-effacing.
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This is a collection of short essays about the culture of Provence in alphabetical order. I think it is typical Mayle, intelligent, bright, and whimsical without being "cute". It's a writing you can sample in at odd times.
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Shoulda read this before our trip to Provence this past June. There are so many places, foods and festivities we could have seen and enjoyed. In "Provence A-Z", Peter Mayle, one of my favorite writers, has compiled nearly all the interesting stuff you need to know if you want to explore and savor this special part of France. "A-Z" is part guide book, part history book, arranged just like a dictionary. You can read it front to back or just pick a couple of topics and dive in. His descriptions of interesting foods, places, people, festivals, markets are all here. As you read you will want to turn back page corners and make some notes about what to see and do on your next trip to France!

Mayle lived in Provence for over 20 years and wrote many delightful and engaging books about the people, places and passions of the locals. In "A Year in Provence", "Toujours Provence" and several others, he describes how he and his wife struggle to get comfortable with their status as "permanent tourists". "Provence A-Z" is a great way to see Provence through the eyes of a keen observer and excellent writer.
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Peter Mayle's "Provence A-Z" is a collection of personal interests and discoveries. There are amusing stories of construction complexities, the celebration of truffles and humorous stories of wild pigs eating perfectly ripe melons. Peter invites you into his world and as he explains the reality of Provence he keeps the fantasy of the perfect vacation alive and well. Since I recently made my own tapenade it was interesting to see a new recipe. There is also an explanation of why tomatoes are known as pommes d'amour. There are stories of unique fruits and visions of hills that are home to two thousand types of butterfly. I loved the story of the new puppy and you can't help but smile when you think of all the adventures Peter has on a daily basis. Overall, this collection of writing makes winter days seem a bit warmer and it is perfect as a cozy read by the fire.

~The Rebecca Review
Once I spent a weekend in Provence
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A wonderful book. If you love Provence, as I do, you'll love this book. I'm only sorry that the borders of Peter Mayle's Provence are so limited. I've always viewed Provence from the Italian border to the mouth of the Rhone. He's left out a good part of the Provence that I know best. Nevertheless the part that he covers is filled with interesting places, foods and people.Enjoyable and really worth reading!
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An enjoyable collection about things in and of provence. Peter Mayle has done another winner.

An easy read and quite informative.
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This book is delightful, charming, and witty! I loved it so much, I ordered all of the author's books about Provence. If you are looking for something easy to read, interesting, and funny, this is it.
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This book is similar to his others about Provence, in that it is filled with anecdotes and information for Francophiles. It is formatted in an alphabet way, but is thoroughly entertaining! You'll enjoy it if you like his work! I recommend reading all of his Provence books before this one though!
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