Notes From the Languedoc Paperback – 7 Jul 2005
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"This book is a literary gem. Notes from the Languedoc is like a tremendous wine cellar. It is a treasure trove of treats. Rupert Wright is a mischievous, bold reporter who has met everyone and tasted everything. This is the best book on the Languedoc. Exquisitely illustrated, this is a book to savour, like a full-throated local Merlot" (Jonathan Miller Sunday Times)
"Languedoc is what Provence was until about 70 years ago: the British ideal of the south of France. Rupert Wright's Notes from the Languedoc evokes it so perfectly that the British do not need to leave Britain" (Frank Johnson Daily Telegraph)
"All you ever wanted to know about the Languedoc, this book is a cultural, historical and contemporary tour de force" (Carla McKay Daily Mail)
"A hilarious read about the wine, people and history of the area ... a story of love, laughter and liquorice allsorts in Languedoc" (The Lady)
"Evocative and intriguing" (Woman & Home)
'This book is a literary gem. Notes from the Languedoc is like a tremendous wine cellar. It is a treasure trove of treats. Rupert Wright is a mischievous, bold reporter who has met everyone and tasted everything. This is the best book on the Languedoc. Exquisitely illustrated, this is a book to savour, like a full-throated local Merlot.'
Jonathan Miller, The Sunday Times
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It is presented as a series of letters to a relative of the author, most of which include an invitation to come and visit. The revelation, at the end of the book, that said relative never made it is mawkish, rather than moving, and frankly not that much of a surprise. Even as letters home, what is written here would not have been all that compelling.
In terms of insight into life in the modern Midi, there's very little. Such as there is concerns only the life of one privileged British expat. And given that most of the book is based on days out on bicycles or short trips on boats - little more than any tourist in the region might undertake - it is hard to see how any great understanding of the Languedoc or its natives can be expected. There may be a good book out there about the Languedoc, but this isn't it.
I cannot agree with the comments about excellent writing. The author has no lightness of touch and his style is painfully dated (perhaps some would find it charming?). The only funny jokes were stolen from other people (e.g. Peter Sellers).
Was I the only one shocked by his blase description of shooting his own dog?!
Comparing him to Bruce Chatwin? You have got to be kidding!
How he manages to turn such a unique and fascinating place (and much under-described compared with neighboring Provence) into a series of dull and characterless descriptions is amazing.
Going on for page after page about his blasted dinghy...is anybody interested? Far too much about his tedious lifestyle and not enough about the place and its people.
As an alternative, I would definately go for "Signs of the Heart" by Christopher Hope. Not that its perfect but the author is actually interested in the local people rather than this books bland middle-class fascination for wining and dining.
Try harder next time
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Rupert Wright - who is also the co-author of Wine and Landscape of the Languedoc - has produced a charming set of impressions of various aspects of life in one part of the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was a looking for a book that would enlighten me on local customs, history and legends, hoping it would be full of delightful anecdotes and entertaining snippets of local wit and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lisa
What a fabulous book, I so enjoyed reading about Ruperts life style in rural France. Sooner or later I hope I'll be there as well, been a bit of a Francophile all my life...Published on 25 Feb. 2013 by Hd Kriete
I've only just started reading the book, but so far so good. It brings back memories of the area, which is good.Published on 4 Oct. 2010 by tilly
An excellent read.The book is full of information and very anecdotal. It really brings the Languedoc to life. Easy to read and quite amusing - i would highly redommend it.Published on 3 Mar. 2010 by L. Garrett