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362 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following excerpt, Breasted offers a largely negative assessment of Where Did I Come From? [Where Did I Come From? The Facts of Life without Any Nonsense and with Illustrations] is, as a matter... Read more
694 words, approx. 3 pages
Prial is a journalist and wine columnist for The New York Times. In the review that follows, he praises Toujours Provence as an episodic collection of finely crafted essays. The Economist, which is ne... Read more
392 words, approx. 2 pages
An English novelist and journalist who worked for English and Scottish newspapers for nearly thirty years, Turner is noted for his humorous studies of British social history. Below, he provides a nega... Read more
2,395 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following unfavorable review, Johnson judges Expensive Habits vulgar and notes similarities between it and Mayle's books about Provence. The contents of this vulgar and irritating book [... Read more
365 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Grimes acknowledges Mayle's wit and ability to entertain but asserts that some of his pieces in Acquired Tastes, originally published in England as Expensive Habits, se... Read more
330 words, approx. 2 pages
Below is a negative review of Hotel Pastis. Peter Mayle is the man who turned his back on Madison Avenue in the mid-1970s and settled in the Lubéron. He locked horns with recalcitrant native st... Read more
329 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following excerpt, the critic describes Up the Agency as an amusing look at the advertising business. Generalities about advertising by the tireless Mayle [appear in Up the Agency: The Funny Bu... Read more
2,197 words, approx. 8 pages
In the essay below, based on an interview with Mayle, Field discusses the author's life and writings. Peter Mayle looks like Robert Redford—the same boyish face with a geography of lines... Read more
754 words, approx. 3 pages
Kraft is an American editor and novelist. Below, he provides a favorable review of Hotel Pastis. Here [in Hotel Pastis] we have the story of a man who abandons dreary London for sunny Provence. Peter ... Read more
276 words, approx. 1 pages
Below is a positive review of A Dog's Life. Both canine "memoir" and cautionary tale, this sprightly account [A Dog's Life] of the further adventures of Boy, Mayle's... Read more
357 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following excerpt, McCall offers a mixed assessment of A Dog's Life. The One Hundred Cruelest Pet Stories probably won't be showing up at fine booksellers anytime soon. Writers wh... Read more
555 words, approx. 2 pages
Walsh was an American writer, educator, and Episcopal priest. In the following review, he acknowledges the difficulty in writing about heaven and hell but concludes that however brave the attempt, May... Read more
566 words, approx. 2 pages
In the review below, Heeks notes Mayle's nonmoral stance and light approach to sexuality in We're Not Pregnant. Penis size may not matter, as Peter Mayle assures us [in We're Not ... Read more
616 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following excerpt, Warnock, an English educator and author of works on philosophy, ethics, imagination, and education, faults Grown-ups and Other Problems for presenting an essentially adult pe... Read more
348 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Winterbotham commends A Year in Provence for its informative and humorous portrait of rural France. Peter Mayle recently emigrated to the South of France, where he has bought ... Read more
1,205 words, approx. 5 pages
Fussell is an American educator whose writing interests include travel and cooking. In the review below, she finds A Year in Provence an entertaining look at the food and people of Provence. I like a ... Read more
437 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following excerpt, Pratt describes A Year in Provence as interesting and informative, but not necessarily realistic. Idyllic places—and most visitors think that Provence, in the south of... Read more
527 words, approx. 2 pages
Thorpe is an educator, Whitbread Prize-winning poet, playwright, and short story writer who was born in Paris. Below, he offers a negative review of Toujours Provence. These anecdotes [in Toujours Pro... Read more
889 words, approx. 3 pages
Below, Waugh faults Toujours Provence as patronizing and labored. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, where do I begin? For I too have lived in France and come away from it with a view as different from Peter ... Read more