The dis-oriented author is a Francophile. I made my first trip to France in 1978 with my high school French teacher. I was hooked. So it was a no-brainer that I would buy Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence. Mayle's is a British ex-pat and his book chronicles his first year in a rehabbed farmhouse in Provence.
Mayle makes the people and the culture of the region come alive.
Since that first trip, I have made another six trips to France. I have been to several different regions of France including Provence. And my daughter is planning to spend next year in Strasbourg. It is in our blood.
Mayle and his wife take the big step and buy an old Provencal farm house. The book is organized into twelve chapters, one for each month of their first year. Throughout the year they have to work with local craftsman to remodel the house. They also have to try to fit into the local community.
Mayle writes an often compelling and always witty account of coming to terms with life in Provence. It is not always wine and poolside parties but reading Mayle — I can feel the sunshine and smell the food.
After reading this book, I am planning my next trip to France.
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