Provence A-Z Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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About the Author
Peter Mayle is the author of 11 books on Provence, including the best-selling non-fiction works A Year In Provence and Toujours Provence. His novels include A Good Year, which will be released as a film in October 2006. He has contributed to a wide range of publications in England, France and America, and his work has been translated into 22 languages. He lives in Provence with his wife. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Thus, it is with the greatest reluctance that my comments re Provence A - Z are less than laudatory. For me it is precisely what the title implies - an alphabetical listing of words with each followed by a brief definition, description or explanation.. Some of the included listings were of interest to me; others were received with my version of a Gallic shrug.
We begin with "Accent" and learn that French is not truly the language spoken in Provence as we might expect but what is spoken is "a rich, thick, pungent verbal stew, simmered in an accent filled with twanging consonants." The closing listing is "Zingue - Zingue - Zoun," which we are told is used to describe the sound of a violin.
Yes, there are frequent flashes of the Mayle humor throughout. But, for this reader, Provence A - Z is adulterated Mayle, and I much prefer him pure - straight, if you will, without soda or water simply because he is one of the world's premier raconteurs, an amiable travel guide, and blessed with an unerring eye for humor in the most improbable situations.
If you've not read Mayle, I encourage you to let your introduction be A Year In Provence or Encore Provence - both are pure Mayle, pure pleasure.
- Gail Cooke
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent Book. Will be very useful for our holiday in Aix-en-Provence in August this year. I would recommend this supplier - excellent value for moneyPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
lovely book.. Couldn't put it down ..delivered on time ..... I have recommended it to several friends. Hope to read again soon.Published 6 months ago by M. Steinmann
arrived quickly and in good condition. A good read as are all of Peter Mayle's booksPublished 21 months ago by scorpio2
I have not read this book as I purchased it as a present for a friend who likes Peter Mayle.Published on 28 Feb. 2014 by Wendy Davey