- 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)
Hotel Pastis Paperback – 7 Jul 1994
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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.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Well. Reader, I finished it.
I got bogged down with the boring advertising agency stuff, and lost the plot rather with the dotty bank robbers and the Marsellais gangster... Read more
Good characters and setting. A nice story too! A very enjoyable read!Published 8 months ago by Tom Tom
I really enjoyed this book. I am a fan of the author so looked forward to reading it and it is all that I wanted this book to be; witty, charming, quaint and transports me to a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Helen Rees
There are books that ease you into their pages, that lure from page to page and chapter to chapter. This is one of them!Published 11 months ago by stewart
Very descriptive writing, good humour. Interesting how the several themes run alongside each other. I feel as though I have been on holiday there, in the Lubedron can almost feel... Read morePublished 14 months ago by CAZZER