Toujours Provence

by Peter Mayle

Paper Book, 1992




New York : Vintage Books, 1992.


Peter Mayle offers us another funny and beautiful book about life in Provence. Here is a heart-warming portrait of a place where, if you can't quite "get away from it all," you can surely have the best of times trying. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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LibraryThing member Harrod
Excellent descriptions of a new life in Provence. Although not a current book it is timelessly entertaining. Mayle tells delightful stories that enrich the travel genre.
LibraryThing member ablueidol
Lyrical description of adjusting to another way of life and of the escape we all dream about on the cold winter day as work flags. Not sure why it wont translate to TV or film as both are/were turkeys despite having a good cast
LibraryThing member gypsysmom
Just what I needed for a light read while I convalesced from a cold. Who wouldn't want to be Peter Mayle, living in Provence fulltime? I suppose there are drawbacks such as the influx of summer people and the risk of forest fires but really, that seems like small flies in the ointment when you can buy fresh produce of almost any description at almost any time of the year. Or if you don't feel like cooking yourself you can go to the local cafe for a three-course lunch. Even the truck stops serve gourmet fare.

I'm sure even a cold would be more bearable in Provence. Maybe pastis would cure it completely.
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LibraryThing member liz.mabry
I think it would have been a good idea to read A Year in Provence first. I enjoyed the book, but it felt like I was missing something. It didn't evoke in me a desire to go buy a house in a village, though.
LibraryThing member wenestvedt
The sequel to "A Year in Provence," where the british newspaper columnist stays in his redone provencal farmhouse. If you liked the first one, please consider having a second helping.
LibraryThing member gooutsideandplay
This, and A Year in Provence are his best books. His other fiction, set in Provence, are not worth it, a mon avis! But Toujours and Year are both in the best tradition of travel books --- they transport you to another time and place so effectively and enjoyably that you finish the book and immediately look around for your suitcase and passport.… (more)
LibraryThing member lostinavalonOR
Another great narrative from Peter Mayle! I enjoyed A Year in Provence, so I knew I would love this one as well. I love reading about European culture---even if I don't understand a lot of what is going on. It was fun reading about the real estate agent as I have a friend (who says I'm his long-lost cousin) who is a realtor in France. Also, I loved the story of Pavarotti---makes me wonder if the woman's idea was correct! Like A Year in Provence, though, I was irritated by his many uses of the word, gastronomic. In this book he said it four times and said "gastronomy" twice. Not only does it irritate me when an uncommon word like that is used multiple times in the same work, any word with "gas" in it is so unappealing. All I can think of is a fat, bloated, bald guy who smells bad. Other than that, the book was great! Setting aside to pass along soon!… (more)
LibraryThing member SandyAMcPherson
Enchanting vignettes of people/places bt an expat Brit in France; I should probably read 'A year in Provence' but this one is an enjoyable stand-alone. I felt it was authentic but kind of travelogue-ish, as if he didn't really engage with the locals. Based on my feeling from 'A Good Year', reviews of the first Provence book, I expected more intimacy.… (more)
LibraryThing member empress8411
Hilarious as the first, this second collection of Mayle’s adventures take us through life in the south of France. From his descriptions of local customs and food (oh, the food made me so hungry) to the stories about truffle hunting and dog shows. His vivid descriptions made me long to visit Provence! I’m eager to read his next book.… (more)
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LibraryThing member MrsLee
A collection of musings from the author, sharing his experience living in Provence, France. His love for the people, lifestyle, food, drink and place shine through. I found this comforting and relaxing to read. In fact, I enjoyed it much more than the fictional novel he wrote about the same thing. I will be on the lookout for more of this author's work.… (more)
LibraryThing member pussreboots
I loved nearly every page that I read. The chapter about Vogue and real estate didn't hold my interest quite the same as the other chapters but I won't fault the book for one off chapter.

Anyone reading this series looking for another similar and equally good book to read, I highly recommend Driving Over Lemons.… (more)
LibraryThing member murderbydeath
One of Mayle's follow-ups to A Year in Provence (there are at least two), this one read more like a collection of short essays of the type that might have perhaps been columns in a newspaper or magazine.

Nevertheless, it was thoroughly enjoyable and dangerous to read him describing a life that sounds so purely wonderful, especially as the days here turn cold and short. Reading this is a taste of the beautiful, warm life of a small village in Provence.… (more)


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