Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Weekend in Provence

I plan on spending the weekend in Provence...all without having to pack a suitcase.

I purchased a hardcover copy of Peter Mayle's Toujours Provence (1991) at a recent book sale and it looks to be the perfect place to be this weekend. This is a follow-up to Mr. Mayle's very successful A Year in Provence which chronicled the trials and tribulations of his first year in the region after moving there from London. I enjoyed the book when it first came out and also enjoyed watching the television mini-series starring John Thaw (aka Inspector Morse).

I have already read a couple of chapters of this second book and have attended a very fancy birthday picnic, met a truffle dealer and his snuffling pig, gotten tipsy on a wine tasting adventure, and made the acquaintance a man who raised singing toads. 

Mr. Mayle has a comfortable, breezy style and a keen, affectionate eye for the foibles of the French. Just the fellow I want as a tour guide.

As a bonus, the text is sprinkled with pen and ink drawings by Judith Clancy.

Where might your reading take you this weekend?

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