France Is Lovely. We Know

Peter Mayle's new novel is again about the sunlit joys of Provence. Maybe it's time for a change

France has been good to Peter Mayle. With the enormous success 14 years ago of A Year in Provence, about the adventures of Mayle and his wife after they moved from England to restore an 18th century farmhouse in the Luberon, he pioneered the Anglos-in-paradise genre. Every few years now he produces a new book to remind the rest of us worker bees what we're missing by not rolling in honey all day in the south of France, that great sunlit throne room of the middle-class imagination. In Mayle's books, both the novels and the nonfiction accounts of his antic good...

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