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Extremely Pale Rose: A Quest for the Palest Rose in France Hardcover – 13 Jul 2006


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  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 1st edition (13 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297848348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297848349
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like rose, I found this book, light bright and pleasurable, best tasted in small sips and on a hot summer day¿ (William Lyons SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)

a delightful read for anyone hooked on the food wine and glorious scenery of France. (Yvonne Crittenden THE TORONTO SUN)

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The true story of a hunt for the palest rosé wine in France.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Gilchrist on 17 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I recently finished reading "Extremely Pale Rosé", and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As an Englishman living in Paris for the past ten years, and a lover of wines who regularly visits the wine regions of France, I could relate to many of the experiences described. I particularly appreciated the unpretentious style of writing - very refreshing when compared with certain other French gastronomic travelogues. On my future travels to France's wine regions I will try to visit some of the producers mentioned in the book. In fact, when I had finished the book I re-read it so that I could jot down the details of producers I want to see. And I will keep the Psychoanalyst's observation in mind (you'll have to read the book to find out about his advice).

This was a fun read, and helped me travel around France from the comfort of my armchair. I look forward to the sequel of Jamie & Tanya's saga.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Barrett on 17 April 2009
Format: Paperback
Another opus out of the Peter Mayle 'Let's got to France' cottage industry, and an extremely disappointing read at that.
A middle class couple, give up their jobs and go to France on a whim to find the most pale rosie wine they can find, after meeting a french producer who challenges them.
The whole things smacks of being sponsored by either the French Tourist board or wine industry.
I didn't believe in any of it, each chapter becomes more repetitive than the last, and by continuing to fail to find their Holy Grail ( or by page 150 when I gave up) the book proves to be utterly pointless.
If you must read, find it second hand or in a charity shop; where my copy will end up.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Buckle on 9 Jan. 2008
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After all the glowing reviews, I was extremely disappointed in this book. There is no depth to it, I didn't feel as if I got to know the characters at all, and it was terribly tedious. I felt as if the author was cashing in on the fashion for books about people giving up their secure, well-paid jobs in order to explore the joys of southern Europe, and didn't do a good job at all. Buy second-hand, if at all!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Hardy on 24 July 2007
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I am only on page 70 and I am loving every single word. A superb picture is painted by Jamie Ivey, his prose is wonderful and you feel that you are with them every step of the way as they travel in search of the palest of "Rosie" to beat a bet that has been set them. Their friend Peter is an unrepentant roue and comic and I hated putting it down when I arrived at Waterloo this morning. The most entertain 70 mnutes I have had for ages and passengers were reaching for the white jacket as I guffawed and tittered and giggled.

Can't stop, now off to devour another 70 pages on the journey home!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Wilmot on 21 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished Extremely Pale Rose, A book following Jamie & Tanya Ivy in their quest to find the "Palest Rose in France". In what I would call a Peter Mayle moment Jamie, Tanya and their friend Peter "found themselves" on the receiving end of a challenge which took them the lenth and breadth of France.

How I enjoyed their journey, full of wonderful moments that I recognise so well from our own experiences in France. Things happen that you could never imagine or expect. Its a great fun read and leaves you wanting more !!! I was looking back over the book when I finished thinking now I have to go to this vineyard to visit and I must try this wine or that !!

In fact when they had visited the Luberon valley and the village of Lourmarin I had to stop reading after that chapter as the "sense of place" was so strong , I just wanted to keep it in my mind and my heart.

Having always wanted to visit Corsica I will now work on my husband to try and achieve this !!! I felt as if I was there.

I think there can be nothing better than an author whisking you away and providing you with such a strong sense of place you don't want to leave!! I was there all the way !

It is also both funny and heartwarming - a real feel good book !

Well done Jamie - I cannot wait for the next book !!! Keep up the brilliant work
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. R. E. Spencer on 1 Jun. 2007
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This is the stuff dreams are made of!Travelling through France tasting wines for 6 months.folowing a bet over a misunderstanding between a very pale Rosie and a very pale rose wine the 3 travellers enjoy an extended holiday in Franc ein search of the palest rose wine they could find.Not as easy as they 1st thought this amusing book will keep any lovers of France keeping their fingers crossed that the trio find this elusive wine.Very enjoyable read for the summer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amelie on 7 Feb. 2008
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I loved every minute of this book. The characters are endearing and the descriptions are amusing and very evocative. It is also an incredibly informative book.I now feel i know more about rose wine than just how to drink it.Really worth the read. I'm going to order Jamie's next book 'La Vie en Rose' immediately.
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How nice to find a book about French life & travel that doesn't rely on guffaws at their "strange" habits - 2 hours for lunch!! shops closed on Sunday!! supermarkets with the shelf labels in French!! eating offal!! etc . Jamie Ivey and his friends love the country, the people and most of all the wine, and that shines through his book. A really good read, and I have bought his other books on the strength of this one.
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