A Good Year

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A autho with a claim to havin the world 's foremost literary escape artist is back, with an intoxicating novel about the business and pleasure of wine, set in his beloved Provence.

Max Skinner has recently defeate his job at a London financial firm and just as recently learned that he has inherited his late aun 's vineyard in Provence. On arrival he finds the climate delicious, the food even better, and two of the locals ravishing. Unfortunately, the wine produced on his new property is swill. Why then are so any people interested in it? Enter a beguiling Californian who knows les about wine than Max does – and may ave a better claim to the propert. Fizzy with intrigue, bursting with local color and savor, The Good ear is Mayle at his most entertaining.

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287
Original Title of the Book
A Good Year
Publication Date
Published October 3rd 2006 by Vintage (first published June 1st 2004

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Sure, there were a number of other bit players who remained the same- but the main haracters, and a plot itself, were altered considerably.The book had its moments, and for the most part was the ort of light fare that works perfectly in airport terminals- where I read Good Year- but it made no meaningful commentaries on the human condition, took no interesting chances with the language and left the characters ery much the same on the ast page as they were on the first.Admittedly, the sequel is heavy-handed in the transformation it subjects its protagonist to, but at least it makes an attemp at character development.Least impressive of all was the dialogue that supposedly happened in French.

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most violent act involves spitting into a crachoir, which as the Brits ight say is a bloody shame, especially if the wine contains only just the right hint of dirty sock.

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;) From what I appreciat about the movie, they 're going to play up the conflict between Max and Christie, which I fee is going to be possible to creat film more entertaining than the book.

he ook does raise the possibility of Christie bein a better claim on Max 's property than he does, but that plot thread gets dropped almost as oon as it 's introduced.

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He has also just received a letter from a notaire in a Provençal village, informing him that his Uncle Henry has died and left Max his house and the attached vineyard.

Max is able to even visit it; his memories of the many summer vacations spent as a child at Uncle Henry 's have convinced him that the place is hardly likely to be much use to him.

There, he encounters an eclectic lot of people: the attractive notaire, Nathalie Auzet; the an who does all the work in the winer, Claude Roussel, and his cousin, who akes a mean civet Her sister, the flamboyant Mademoiselle Passepartout, who becomes Max 's housekeeper.

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But, I never wanted he nove and would recommend it to anybod who think a witty quick read.

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