A Dog`s Life

A Dog`s Life by Peter Mail

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Both canine "memoir" and cautionary tale, this sprightly account of the further adventures of Boy, Mayle`s real-life dog introduced in Toujours Provence, is a gem of its kind. As animated by Mayle, Boy is a clever chap given to literary allusions, urbane observations and stinging bon mots. With many an arch and insightful comment, Boy celebrates his life after he escapes from his first owner, a brutish farmer, and is adopted by a kindly woman (thereafter called madame) and her "other half," a rather dim-witted soul who is of course Mayle himself. Boy`s encounters with wrathful butchers and irate owners of dogs in heat and of treed cats are the high points of this picaresque tale, balanced by his admonitions on how to acquire social polish and communicate effectively with insensitive humans. From his spot under the dining-room table, Boy receives "a wide ranging, eclectic education," learning chiefly that "the management," as he calls his owners, are incorrigible and bibulous party givers. Boy himself proves incorrigible too: in hilarious scenes, he explains how he overestimates human intelligence time and again. While most of the episodes have the ring of truth, those toward the end of this slim volume veer toward farce and bear the marks of having been thought up to pad out the pages. Yet this is a delightful read, augmented by Koren`s suitably droll illustrations, and the closing sentence is worthy of inclusion in any quiz about famous last lines.

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Born: June 14, 1939, UK Peter Mail Born in Brighton, UK, spent fifteen years in the advertising industry, left the business in 1975 to write educational books, including a series on issues of sex education for children and youth. Long years of work in the advertising business (15 years), with its sweatshop system, bestial competition, frequent stress and permanent writing of texts glorifying the advantage of the island kingdom, provided Meil ​​with the necessary means to realize the cherished dream of many Englishmen: he fled from civilization to the French province. Mail found the Promised Land in Provence. He began writing educational books, including books on the relationship between a man and a woman for children and adolescents. The serene life in the bosom of nature delighted the English Francophile so much that when a publisher he knew suggested that he write a book about his rural idyll, Mayle readily agreed. It didn`t take long, the author was helped by a diary that he kept since he settled in Provence. It is not enough to say that the book`s success exceeded all expectations, it turned out to be truly phenomenal. The three-thousandth circulation, which the cautious publisher began with, sold out in the blink of an eye. There was no end to those wishing to plunge into the intoxicating prose, infused with the aromas of lavender, olives and Zhitan cigarettes. The book fell in love not only with the inhabitants of Foggy Albion. It was translated into 22 languages ​​and sold four million copies. The BBC made a film on it, and the British reached out to Provence: who to take a look, who to live, and who to move. More than 40,000 British book tourists have passed through these places. And after them a stream of inquisitive Japanese rushed. “A Year in Provence” became a bestseller in the Land of the Rising Sun. The development of the French province proceeded at an accelerated pace. Some Japanese company bought a bakery in one of the villages and began to bake special “Provençal” bread for compatriot tourists. In the rural paradise, it became noisy, crowded, worried fans scurrying everywhere. And Peter Mail ran again. This time to the United States, which guaranteed his anonymity. However, nostalgia for the south of France made the writer return to the blessed Gallic land. There he recently completed his new novel about the theft of a painting by Cézanne in Provence, which is distinguished by his characteristic lightness, English humor and French charm. Peter Mayle lives in Lourmarin, located in Luberon in Provence, France.

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Born: June 14, 1939, UK Peter Mail Born in Brighton, UK, spent fifteen years in the advertising industry, left the business in 1975 to write educational books, including a series on issues of sex education for children and youth. Long years of work in the advertising business (15 years), with its sweatshop system, bestial competition, frequent stress and permanent writing of texts glorifying the advantage of the island kingdom, provided Meil ​​with the necessary means to realize the cherished dream of many Englishmen: he fled from civilization to the French province. Mail found the Promised Land in Provence. He began writing educational books, including books on the relationship between a man and a woman for children and adolescents. The serene life in the bosom of nature delighted the English Francophile so much that when a publisher he knew suggested that he write a book about his rural idyll, Mayle readily agreed. It didn`t take long, the author was helped by a diary that he kept since he settled in Provence. It is not enough to say that the book`s success exceeded all expectations, it turned out to be truly phenomenal. The three-thousandth circulation, which the cautious publisher began with, sold out in the blink of an eye. There was no end to those wishing to plunge into the intoxicating prose, infused with the aromas of lavender, olives and Zhitan cigarettes. The book fell in love not only with the inhabitants of Foggy Albion. It was translated into 22 languages ​​and sold four million copies. The BBC made a film on it, and the British reached out to Provence: who to take a look, who to live, and who to move. More than 40,000 British book tourists have passed through these places. And after them a stream of inquisitive Japanese rushed. “A Year in Provence” became a bestseller in the Land of the Rising Sun. The development of the French province proceeded at an accelerated pace. Some Japanese company bought a bakery in one of the villages and began to bake special “Provençal” bread for compatriot tourists. In the rural paradise, it became noisy, crowded, worried fans scurrying everywhere. And Peter Mail ran again. This time to the United States, which guaranteed his anonymity. However, nostalgia for the south of France made the writer return to the blessed Gallic land. There he recently completed his new novel about the theft of a painting by Cézanne in Provence, which is distinguished by his characteristic lightness, English humor and French charm. Peter Mayle lives in Lourmarin, located in Luberon in Provence, France.