Friday, March 25, 2011
From the Bookshelf - Old Favourites
I recently been re-reading this old favourite. One of the first of the ex-pat memoirs that have since flooded the book market. I think we all love to read these because there's a part of us - maybe down deep inside, or, not so deep - that hungers after the idea of leaving all behind and starting anew in a foreign clime. And, reading about others doing it often will feed the desire while we can remain safely at home! By the end of this story and the many others that followed it, Mayle's friends and neighbours are ours, we can feel the sun on our backs, smell the lavender, and taste the anise tang of the pastis as it glides slowly down our throats. A return trip to Provence is always a pleasure, well worth reading again.