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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (323 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Mayle Narrator: Peter Mayle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An indispensable, richly informative, and always entertaining sourcebook on Provence by the writer who has made the region his own. 

Though organized from A to Z, this is hardly a conventional work of reference. It is rather a selection of those aspects of Provence that Peter Mayle in almost twenty years there has found to be the most interesting, curious, delicious, or down-right fun. 

In more than 170 entries he writes about subjects as wide-ranging as architecture and zingue-zingue-zoun (in the local patois, a word meant to describe the sound of a violin), as diverse as expatriates, Aix-en-Provence, the Provençal character, legends, lavender, linguistic oddities, the museum of the French Foreign Legion, the museum of the corkscrew, the origins of “La Marseillaise,” and a bawdy folklore character named Fanny.

And, of course, he writes about food and drink: vin rosé, truffles, olives, melons, bouillabaisse, the cheese that killed a Roman emperor, even a cure for indigestion. The wonderful accompanying artwork includes curiosities Mayle has gathered over the yearsmatchbooks, drawings, century-old ads, photos, tourist brochures, maps.
Provence A-Z is a delight for Peter Mayle’s ever-growing audience and the perfect complement to any guidebook on Provence, or, for that matter, France.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/14/2014

    " A good book to expose one to French culture. I was especially attracted to the sections on food--the "Liste des 13 desserts" made me salivate. I like all the definitions of French phrases, but a pronunciation guide would be helpful. I also liked reading about historic personages like Nostradamus, and Alexandre Dumas who had such a passion for the melons of Cavaillon that he traded books for them. He made a gift to the town of all the volumes he had written in return for a dozen melons every year which were sent to him until his death in 1870. It's amazing the stuff you learn when you browse through an alphabet book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Phil | 2/11/2014

    " Too much trivia - a series of essentially short encyclopedia entries about everything Provence. Maybe good bathroom reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patty | 2/5/2014

    " Another entertaining Peter Mayle book about the south of France. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Richard Brand | 1/30/2014

    " I got this in one of those Christmas exchange gifts. I did not buy it and it was wrapped when I picked it so I did not know what I was getting. Mayle writes winsomely and entertainingly, but I had almost no interest in Provence. I have never been to that part of France and have little desire to go to that area. So I had very little interest in the whole book. Apparently, Mayle has been able to make a living writing about Provence. This is his 11 book. If you like to read about Provence, then you may like this book. I was just very glad to finish it. "

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