Having delighted millions of Americans with A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence, Peter Mayle treats us to a wonderfully entertaining novel of escape, romance and adventure. played in the landscape he has made so irresistible.
Simon Shaw, a forty-two-year-old advertising tycoon, worn down by insatiable clients and a rapacious ex-wife, wants to get away from it all. On impulse he drives to the south of France. When an accident leaves him stranded in a small village in the Luberon, an enchanting Frenchwoman, who is between husbands, comes to his rescue and soon lures him into buying the local gendarmerie. Together they transform it into a little jewel of a hotel. And life seems idyllic. But at the same time, a crook, recently released from the Marseilles prison, is plotting to rob the bank in the nearby town. Paths cross. schemes go awry -- and through it all Peter Mayle delights us with the intrigues of the haut monde that descends on the Hotel Pastis and the machinations of the bad guys, as everything conspires to threaten the heaven on earth that Simon Shaw has envisioned.
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Tim Pigott-Smith has worked extensively in British television, including his role as Ronald Merrick in The Jewel in the Crown. He has also performed in many classic productions for the Royal Shakespeare company and the National Theatre. His film credits include Joseph Andrews and Merchant Ivory's The Remains of the Day.
Hotel Pastis is available in hardcover from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
This newest novel by Peter Mayle is once again set in rural France. The story centers around the adventures of three characters who are building and opening a hotel. Tangled up with the main plot are a bank robbery, a kidnapping and a Mafia hit man. Tim Pigott-Smith narrates this light-hearted tale, providing accents for all the characters. The British accents are very clear, the French light and understandable. Presented in an even-paced tone, lazy with the relaxed atmosphere of rural life, this tale is a nice change from hustle and bustle. Warm up your tape deck and prepare for an unusual adventure in the country. M.B.K. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Random House Audio, 1993. Audio Cassette. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0679427139