July 2019: Peter Mayle
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In July, we'll be reading works by Peter Mayle -- sounds perfect for a beach read if it's summer where you live.
Have you read anything by Mayle before? What are you planning on reading? Feel free to start sharing below! :)
About half way through A Year in Provence and it's okay. The book is basically about the culture shock of moving from England to France. I've read a lot of other books that are about expats in France, so it's not particularly unique, although this one does have the distinction of being older than most of the other titles I've read. However, because it is some 30 years old now, some of the things discussed are already obsolete, such as the use of the franc rather than the euro.
A Year in Provence is the first book in a loose series, but I don't think I'll go on to the other titles after finishing this one.
>9 bell7: I definitely didn't think it was bad ... just wasn't like "wow!! greatest book ever!" while reading it (or now that I'm done either). Definitely wouldn't tell people to steer away, especially if you haven't read a lot of books about folks moving to France.
>10 BookConcierge: That does sound interesting! Please do come back with the review. :)
The Marseille Caper – Peter Mayle
Digital audio performed by Robin Sachs
This is book two in the Sam Levitt crime caper series. I haven’t read the first one yet, and this book references what happened in that book, so perhaps I should have read them in order. But, C’est la vie!
Sam Levitt is a former corporate attorney who’s been hired to help promote a development in Marseille. Think James Bond with less danger and more emphasis on enjoying life. Beautiful (and smart) girls, fantastic yachts, private jets, mansions with gorgeous sea views, political intrigue, sumptuous repasts, and good wine. Not to mention a couple of Corsicans and a multi-lingual assistant, all adept at playing a role. Stir, add a dash of spice and Voila! ... A fast, fun, romp of a comedy crime caper.
Gosh, I miss Peter Mayle!
Robin Sachs does a fine job narrating the audio. He sets a good pace and I love his French accent.