Three Visions, Two Books and One Country
The magnetism of shared experiences is really a remarkable thing. Both the books we are reading this month, Paris to Provence by Ethel Brennan and Sara Remington and A Pig in Provence by Georgeanne Brennan are books I chose to read because of their beauty, their writing and because I have travelled to France and share the authors love of the place and the food. Having read A Pig in Provence years ago, it inspired me to go stay in the a small village in Provence in a house owned by the author. Reading the book again, now, after being there, I am once again amazed with Brennan's ability to draw a picture of life in a very remote section of Provence, raising not only her children, but goats, lambs and a husband. Her descriptions of the days are from the perspective of a mother who is also working hard to learn new skills, in a new country, while at the same time making an incredible life for her family. From the start of the book we see her challenges, not only to learn the craft of living in Provence, but also to be able to be accepted as a member of this small community. How amazing it is now, to view that same time and that life, from the eyes of her daughter Ethel in her book Paris to Provence.
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In case you haven't filled your Francophile bookcase, I also highly recommend the new book by Edward Rutherfurd, Paris. I just finished it and loved this portrait of Paris, done as a historical novel. Like our two books for June, it makes you feel as if you are living through the time and in the place.
As always, thank you for reading.