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My Twenty-Five Years in Provence

Reflections on Then and Now
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Description

From the moment Peter Mayle and his wife, Jennie, uprooted their lives in England and crossed the Channel permanently, they never looked back. Here the beloved author of A Year in Provence pays tribute to the most endearing and enduring aspects of his life in France - the charming and indelible parade of village life, the sheer beauty, the ancient history. He celebrates the café and lists some of his favorites; identifies his favorite villages, restaurants, and open-air markets; and recounts his most memorable meals. 

A celebration of 25 years of Provençal living - of lessons learned and changes observed - with his final book, Mayle has crafted a lasting love letter to his adopted home, marked by his signature warmth, wit, and humor.

©2018 Peter Mayle (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critiques

"Fans of Mayle (who died in January) will be delighted by this final book from Provence’s most impassioned booster.... Composed in a uniformly bright and jocular voice, this is a breezy valedictory note for a much admired writer." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Flossiesmommy
  • 05/07/2018

The narrator ruins it for me.

As with all of Peter Mayle’s Provence-centric books, I loved reading/hearing about his take on life in that lovely area of the world..& always find myself hungry & thirsty while in the process. 😄 These books have all entered into my “comfort read” category, & I can - & do - read them over & over, without any loss of enjoyment. I believe this one, though not quite reaching the level of perfection that “A Year In Provence” did, will still be a book I will enjoy reading again. Reading. NOT listening to. His almost South-Scottish accent (doubly bizarre since he was born in Birmingham from Irish ancestry) is decidedly not the one I would choose to read an autobiographical book by a man born in the south of England, raised partly in Barbados, & who then spent a lot of time in London. Even getting beyond the very wrong accent, the strange tempo/pattern of speech spoken in a very forceful manner (as if he’s a lecturer who believes every sentence he speaks is equally as important as the ones that came before - You. Must. Pay. Attention. Here.) is...boring! I would have to switch to other books every 45 min. or so while trying To plow through this one, as my ears needed a rest, and my brain just couldn’t take the same Level of portentousness for each sentence. The near raider sounds gross portentous and pretentious, all at the same time.

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  • disudds
  • 20/10/2018

Like taking a trip myself

Reading Peter Mayle is like walking through Provence (at least I hope it is...I've actually never been). Parts of "My Twenty-Five Years" were like revisiting a familiar friend, stories from other books and memories. Other parts were refreshingly new. Mayle is so easy to read and his stories always bring a smile.

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  • V T Abel
  • 18/07/2018

Delightful as always

Peter Mayle’s way of spinning a tale brings the reader into his world in a delightful entertaining manner. I’ve enjoyed all the books he has written about his life in Provence. I was extremely saddened to hear of his passing.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 03/07/2018

Classic Mayle

So sad to know that this will be Peter Mayle's final love letter to Provence. Godspeed Mr. Mayle.

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  • Renee
  • 29/06/2018

Wonderful visit to France with out leaving home<br />

By an adopted "son" who embrace the quirks with love and joy. A summer favorite.