Hotel Pastis

Hotel Pastis

by Peter Mayle


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A beguiling novel of romance, adventure, and tongue-in-cheek suspense set in the South of France, from the beloved, best-selling author of A Year in Provence.

Simon Shaw, a rumpled, fortyish English advertising executive, has decided to leave it all behind, and heads of to France to transform an abandoned police station in the Lubéron into a small but world-class hotel. On his side, Simon has a loyal majordomo and a French business partner who is as practical as she is ravishing. But he hasn’t counted on the malignant local journalist—or on the mauvaise types who have chosen the neighboring village as the site of their latest bank robbery. Slyly funny and overflowing with sensuous descriptions of the good life, Hotel Pastis is the literacy equivalent of a four-star restaurant.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679751113
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1994
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 229,648
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peter Mayle is the author of fifteen books, nine of them novels, including the beloved bestseller A Year in Provence. A recipient of the Légion d’Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions, he lived in Provence with his wife, Jennie, for more than twenty-five years. Mayle died in 2018.

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Hotel Pastis 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TLeopard More than 1 year ago
Peter Mayle has such a way with words. I loved this book. Made me want to move to France.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Mayle introduced many of us to Provence through his travel books. His fiction is equally enjoyable. This book is a fun view of the Provencal lifestyle. Great reading after a boring day at the office.
ssfletch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As others have suggested, Peter Mayle books can be an acquired taste, like a nice bottle of Provence Rose wine. However, Hotel Pastis works on a number of literary levels and should be an enjoyable read for all but the most severe Francophobe. It is a vaguely creepy mystery sourrounded by the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and joie-de-vivre of Provence. The romance between the two main characters is sensual but believable in that their relationship does not automatically solve their conflicting career paths or personal differences. Pleasantly paced and attentive to detail, Hotel Pastis, is a lovely, passionate tale of romance, intrigue and haute-cuisine.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Peter Mayle's books and I thought Mr. Mayle had a fun writing style until this book, Hotel Pastis. I found it offensive and written from a strong male perspective which was just boring and not interesting. I had recommended this book for our bookclub read this month and I am embarrassed that I did. I wish I would have read a true review of the book that would have at least given an R rating for language. Mr Mayle must have decided to leave his charming style for vulgarity and edge that won't appeal to his previous followers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I HIGHLY recommend Mayle's 'travel' books such as 'A Year in Provence' and 'Encore Provence' I am not as enamored with his fiction. Yes, he includes his trademark descriptions of French villages and food, but his characters seem phony and flat. Perhaps the difficulty lies in the fact that this contrived story pales in comparison to the charm of Mayle's 'real' France.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Mayle has a style all his own: clever, witty, and filled with fun! Here Mayle tells the story of how a burnt-out advertising man from London leaves it all behind to start anew in the South-of-France as the owner of a charming (renovated) hotel and the beau of a ravishing Frenchwoman. Great fun for a summer afternoon!