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French Spirits: A House, a Village, and a Love Affair in Burgundy (utgåvan 2003)

av Jeffrey Greene (Författare)

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When Jeffrey Greene, a prizewinning American poet, and Mary, his wife-to-be, a molecular biologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, discover a moss-covered stone presbytery in a lovely village in the Puisaye region of Burgundy, they know they have to live there. With an unabashed joie de vivre, they begin the arduous process of procuring their slice of paradise amid the wild beauty of the French countryside -- a place of gentle farmlands and dense forests, of rivers and lakes, of stunning fields bursting with the color and heady scent of wildflowers. French Spirits is the magical tale of their odyssey to become not just homeowners but Burgundians. In lush, lyrical prose, Greene recalls their experiences turning the three-hundred-year-old stone building -- a "château in miniature," which the locals believe houses numerous spirits--into a habitable refuge. He brings to life their adventures in finding wonderful bargains with which to furnish their new space, including a firm mattress and some rather suspicious "antiques" bought from the back of a van. Greene offers the unexpected joys and surprises of village life, from celebrating his and Mary's simple backyard wedding to discovering summer fêtes from toiling in a verdant garden to trading insights with new neighbors. He shares the experience of surviving his mother's decision to move in and humorously introduces the locals -- both human and nonhuman -- who define his and Mary's new world. Woven throughout this luscious tale are the pleasures of rural France: wondrous food and wine, long-held rituals and feasts, dark superstitions and deeply rooted history. A memorable feast for the senses, French Spirits will entertain and enlighten all who succumb to its charms.… (mer)
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Titel:French Spirits: A House, a Village, and a Love Affair in Burgundy
Författare:Jeffrey Greene (Författare)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2003), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Anyone reading the blurb about this book couldn't help but think this has all been done before - an ex-pat purchases a falling down place in a small quaint town in France, renovates it, gets to know the equally quaint locals and the French rural way of life first-hand and makes many observations on the experience. And of course it has - many times, in various European locales. This didn't detract from the enjoyment of the book,for me, but then I'll read almost anything about France and as this was was set in a village in Burgundy, a place I hope to visit soon, it had topical appeal.

Not that you get to learn a lot about the broader canvas of Burgundy, or France for that matter, as the focus is set very tightly on the specific village, its inhabitants and history and the various quandaries faced by the author and his wife as they come to grips with their particular restoration project. It wasn't the best book of its type I've read, but it was intriguing and very well written (Greene is a poet and has a way with words). It was a light, unchallenging read and if you're a Francophile, you'll enjoy it. ( )
  Anne_Green | Sep 29, 2014 |
I have the Flamingo edition 2002
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
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When Jeffrey Greene, a prizewinning American poet, and Mary, his wife-to-be, a molecular biologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, discover a moss-covered stone presbytery in a lovely village in the Puisaye region of Burgundy, they know they have to live there. With an unabashed joie de vivre, they begin the arduous process of procuring their slice of paradise amid the wild beauty of the French countryside -- a place of gentle farmlands and dense forests, of rivers and lakes, of stunning fields bursting with the color and heady scent of wildflowers. French Spirits is the magical tale of their odyssey to become not just homeowners but Burgundians. In lush, lyrical prose, Greene recalls their experiences turning the three-hundred-year-old stone building -- a "château in miniature," which the locals believe houses numerous spirits--into a habitable refuge. He brings to life their adventures in finding wonderful bargains with which to furnish their new space, including a firm mattress and some rather suspicious "antiques" bought from the back of a van. Greene offers the unexpected joys and surprises of village life, from celebrating his and Mary's simple backyard wedding to discovering summer fêtes from toiling in a verdant garden to trading insights with new neighbors. He shares the experience of surviving his mother's decision to move in and humorously introduces the locals -- both human and nonhuman -- who define his and Mary's new world. Woven throughout this luscious tale are the pleasures of rural France: wondrous food and wine, long-held rituals and feasts, dark superstitions and deeply rooted history. A memorable feast for the senses, French Spirits will entertain and enlighten all who succumb to its charms.

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