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A Breath of French Air Hardcover – 1 Jan 1959

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  • Hardcover: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1st edition (1959)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718100298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718100292
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,234,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

H. E. Bates was born in 1905 in Northamptonshire. He worked as a journalist and clerk on a local newspaper before publishing his first book, The Two Sisters, when he was twenty. In the next fifteen years he acquired a distinguished reputation for his stories about English country life. During the Second World War he was a Squadron Leader in the R.A.F. The Darling Buds of May, the first of the popular Larkin family novels, was followed by A Breath of French Air (1959), When the Green Woods Laugh (1960), Oh! To Be in England (1963). His works have been translated into sixteen languages. H. E. Bates was awarded the C.B.E. in 1973 and died in January 1974. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Before I read this second novel in Herbert E Bates five book series about Pop Larkin and his family, I did the mistake of watching the DVD with the entire TV series from the early 1990s. The TV series was alright but when reading this second novel in the series, I realized that the TV series doesn't by half measure up. Bates has an extraordinary language! It is a true delight to read his description of places and people that is totally lost in the TV series. My recommendation would really be to stay away from the TV series unless one just is looking for a cozy fun series to watch on a cold winter night. Otherwise just stick to the books, they do not need to be visualized by Catherine Zeta-Jones and the like.This second novel in the series, start out with Mr. Charlton sitting reading about France and reminiscing about his childhood summers in Bretagne and the fantastic hotel he had stayed in there. Since the summer has rained away, Ma starts wishing for a holiday, beaches and sun, so she listens carefully to Charley's rantings. Before he knows it, Pop has been persuaded to take the entire family to Bretagne and to the same hotel Charley stayed in as a boy before the war. Charley and Mariette Larkin has by now been married for a year and Pop is deeply disappointed that they have not produced a grandchild so he feels that a vacation in France might do the trick and decides that they will go for an entire month. When the family arrives, the hotel is not so grand anymore nor as big as Charley remembered it. And the weather is ghastly for three days so that the family is close to returning home. Not only does Larkin's state of unwed couple meet with disapproval at the hotel, but Ma's body size and all the seven children as well.Read more ›
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"A Breath of French Air" is the very readable and enjoyable sequel to "The Darling Buds of May" ,the first of doings of the Larkin family,
It is packed with humour, affection and practical common sense presented with the superb skill of H. E. Bates.
I commend it to those who have not read any of the set . They do not knowwhat they are missing..
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I wasn't too sure about this episode in the Larkin family life, at first. I wondered whether their infectious joie de vivre would cope with being transplanted to a post-war French coastal resort? I needn't have been concerned, their full-on approach to life and love transforms all it touches. Not as riveting as the first book but still a marvellous piece of escapism.
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AS a sequel to the Darling Buds of May it has a lot of opportunity for laughs and fun. The hotel the family stays in is brought to like by Bates and the French holiday resort is interesting. the book reveals interesting in sights into a time long gone when families lived together and the father's decision was final.
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Just as good after about the sixth reading as the first time I read it,if ever I want a belly laugh I read the Larkin books.the t v series never did the stories justice and many were made up or omitted maybe Primrose and a vicar was not p c .
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Brilliantly written and a pleasure to read as were the others in the series. Shame I've only got 1 more book to read!
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Format: Paperback
A truly wonderful book, I can't imagine someone not enjoying it. However I did prefer the first in the series as it was about the Larkin's everyday lives. Also, fast delivery.
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Halfway through this lovely book after reading the first :-) very pleased with quick delivery and not at all disappointed with the second part of the series :-)
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