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Hotel Pastis Paperback – 7 Jul 1994

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (7 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140238646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140238648
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Delightful, amusing and appealing, a merry celebration of sensual pleasures. The New York Times Book Review

Once again . . . Mayle makes Provence sound like the most enticing place this side of paradise. People

A deft comic novel. . . . Mayle s gently satiric glance invites us happily into a world whose annoyances are cause for laughter. San Francisco Chronicle

Mayle is a writer of grace and good humor. The New Yorker

A charming tale of love and labor in Provence. USA Today" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With his national bestsellers A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence, Peter Mayle gave new meaning to the phrase "great escape." Now he has written a delightful novel of romance, adventure, and tongue-in-cheek suspense, set in the beguiling French region he has staked out as his own. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I love all Peter Mayle's books, and I'd like to stay at the Hotel Pastis if it existed. 'Airnest' is a wonderful character, and whether it's stories of life in Provence, or his dip into crime, all are an enjoyable read.
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I love this book. Pure escapism.
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Very good read
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Peter Mayle's earlier books on his time in Provence have introduced us to a utopian world of sun, fine wine and cuisine, the quirks of provencal living and a number of interesting characters. What he does in Hotel Pastis is use this idyllic world as a background for the telling of what is generally a very uncomplicated but warm and cheerful story. We've all read those stories of people following a dream and escaping to warmer climates, living in picture postcard surroundings and romancing with beautiful people and this book offers more of the same. There are one or two sub-plots and twists but the book is still following a common genre. That said, i still enjoyed this one very much, finishing it off in under two days.
Its certainly not a classic but if you are a Mayle/Provence buff, you want an easy story to read while relaxing by the pool on holiday or perhaps to cheer you up on those dark and grey winter evenings then Hotel Pastis has a lot to offer.
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I recently read this book while holidaying in Antibes, a large town south of provence on the Cote d'Azur. I found it most entertaining, and, although a novel, quite informative regarding customs and habits of the Provencal people. It is extremely well written and very easy to read. The characters are all lovable, even the rogues (apart form the Marseille gangland boss), and you feel that you know them before reaching the end of the book. I highly recommend this to all fans of Peter Mayle and to lovers of this area of France.
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If you lead a hectic working life you'll find it easy to relate to Simon Shaw. You'll probably be a little envious too - but who wouldn't... Imagine being able to abandon the rat-race and start a new life (and find a new love) in one of the most beautiful regions of France.
Read Peter Mayle's book and it's easy to imagine yourself in Brassiere-les-Deux-Eglises watching the plot unfold and enjoying the many pleasures of Provence.
With a cast of colourful characters and curious sub-plots there is never a dull page. And, by the time you get to the end, you may well wish that you could stay in the little world that Peter Mayle has created instead of returning to the real one.
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By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Sept. 2011
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A change in environment, and few are more pleasant than Provence; moreover, a change in reading habits, a "letting go" which is essential to enjoy an escapist "summer read." Peter Mayle first achieved literary success in the English-speaking world from his perch, renovating a home in the Luberon, with his account entitled A Year in Provence It is a witty, sardonic account, playing to the audience that wants to see the French as "different," (including themselves, of course.) It was released in 1990. I purchased the sequel, Toujours Provence in a French only bookstore in Aix, in 1994. (The book is in English, but the title must have tricked the purchasing agent.) Hotel Pastis is Mayle's first venture into fiction (if one overlooks the occasional "embroidery" in his first two works, which are considered necessary for a "good tale," as well as a successful technique in his advertising career.)

Mayle fled the corporate world of Madison Ave. for the sun of Provence. He still carries some of the baggage, and bad memories with him. Consider: "...was likely to behave in classic committee fashion - dithering, backbiting, compromising and sitting as firmly as possible on the fence" (p 64). The protagonist is Simon Shaw, rich, newly divorced, "looking for new challenges," as the expression has it. He links up with Nicole Bouvier, and decides to transform a gendarmerie into the charming hotel with the title's name. As usual with Mayle, he sprinkles his English prose with the Herbes de Provence of French, just for enough flavoring to ensure you don't forget where the story is based.
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I had this book already in my printed book collection but of course wanted it also amongst my e-books. A very entertaining story with beautifully delineated characters. The tale of a british man who decides to leave his life in London and to reastablish himself in France by buying a picturesque old house, restoring it lovingly and opening it as a hotel with the help of Lady he meets in Provence. A secondary story runs alongside, some less than bright locals plan to rob a bank but get hopelessly befuddled - it has everything, crime, love, the Mafia, Le Tour de France - what else can one ask for? A perfect read.
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