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Narrator's french pronunciation so wrong it's distracting. Where was the director on this? Erik Davies disappointing performance ruins an otherwise charming story - although the Caper series hasn't beat the excitement of the "Marseille Caper" earlier in the series. This story feels a great deal more discombobulated, as if Mayle were searching for a common thread and then it all comes together in the last chapter.
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I love(d) Peter Mayle. A Year in Provence started the genre of literary memoirs of ex-pats learning about life through emigrating to a new country. Even Mayle's early forays into fiction were enjoyable. Ah, my 25+ year old nostalgia for Peter Mayle lured me into reading this book (and its cousins). None are very good - not nearly as good as some of Mayle's earlier works. However, that bon vivante tone, the focus on food, wine, and high living - they are all still there albeit without a real story or memorable characters to fill the interstices. You could read better - merely reach for one of Mayle's earlier works.
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