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By Peter Mayle

ISBN-10: 0307755495

ISBN-13: 9780307755490

During this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it truly is wish to become aware of a long-cherished dream and truly stream right into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse within the distant kingdom of the Lubéron together with his spouse and huge canine. He endures January's frosty mistral because it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets and techniques of goat racing in the course of the heart of city, and delights within the excellent local delicacies. A yr in Provence transports us into the entire earthy pleasures of Provençal lifestyles and shall we us dwell vicariously at a pace ruled by means of seasons, now not through days.

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For a piece of stone this size, it needs to be twice as thick. ” He turned the paper over, and sketched on the back. “There. ” He pushed the sketch across to us. It was much better than mine, and showed a graceful monolith: simple, square, well proportioned. ” We shook hands on it, and I promised to come back later in the week with a check. When I did, it was at the end of a working day, and I found that Pierrot had changed color. From the top of his trilby down to his boots he was stark white, dusted all over as though he had been rolling in confectioner’s sugar, the only man I have ever seen who aged twenty-five years in the course of a working day.

An old man explained why this was so. ” He cackled so hard at his own joke that he had a coughing fit, and I was worried that his turn had come to join them. When I told him about the cemetery in California where you pay more for a tomb with a view than for more modest accommodation he was not at all surprised. ” Days passed with no sign of a thaw, but the roads were now showing strips of black where farmers and their tractors had cleared away the worst of the snow, making a single-lane passage through the drifts on either side.

One day, we might even be able to talk to each other. THE PROPRIETOR of Le Simiane wished us a happy new year and hovered in the doorway as we stood in the narrow street, blinking into the sun. ” he said, with a flourish of one velvet-clad arm which took in the village, the ruins of the Marquis de Sade’s château perched above, the view across to the mountains and the bright, clean sky. It was a casually possessive gesture, as if he was showing us a corner of his personal estate. ” Yes indeed, we thought, one certainly was.

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