June 22, 2018

Looking Back - A Year in Provence

Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
Nonfiction - Travel Essays
1991 Vintage (first published in 1989)
Finished in November 1997
Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)

Publisher's Blurb:

In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.

My Original Notes (1997):

Marvelous! Each chapter consists of the happenings of the month. Very funny, as well as informative.

Definitely one to read again before a trip to Provence!

My Current Thoughts:

I no longer own a copy of this book, so at some point in time I must have decided it wasn't worth a re-read after all. I do remember that it was very funny, though!


  1. I read this right after we moved from France and loved it. I was sad when the author passed away.

    1. Kathy, I hope to get to France someday! I was sorry to hear about the author's death, too.

  2. I remember reading and enjoying this book around the same time. My copy is long gone, too.

    1. JoAnn, I think I read another of his, but have no recollection of it. I'm sure it will turn up in one of my reading journals, which I'm slowly working my way through to share on this blog.


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