La Vie: A year in rural France

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La Vie: A year in rural France

La Vie: A year in rural France

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John Lewis-Stempel sets off from the UK to the rural far west of France - la France profonde - where he and his wife settle to a farming life in a draughty house with a small menagerie of pets and farm animals and a few acres of vineyards. You can unsubscribe from our list at any point by changing your preferences, or contacting us directly.

Good detail on the wildlife, farming and village life here in Charente but John's aim to live as a rural peasant is not supported by 100s of euros spent on exotic lillies, rare sheep and automatic oil pressing machines etc. He is the only person to have won the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing twice, with Meadowland and Where Poppies Blow.For many years a farmer in England, John Lewis-Stempel yearned once again to live in a landscape where turtle doves purr and nightingales sing, as they did almost everywhere in his childhood. The Charente: roofs of red terracotta tiles, bleached-white walls, windows shuttered against the blaring sun. In la France profonde the signs are more exotic, as John Lewis-Stempel discovers one February morning when his horse crashes through an electrified fence and bolts into a walnut orchard.

Although it began as a practical enterprise, it quickly became an affair of the heart: of learning to bite the end off the morning baguette; taking two hours for lunch; in short, living the good life - or as the French say, La Vie . He plants his toes in the French earth and turns his lyrical gaze on the land, the people, the deep community spirit . John Lewis-Stempel's story of a year on his smallholding in the Charente is warm and vivid and beautiful .What I have particularly enjoyed is re-learning French word and slang which I only remembered when reading the book, things I learned at school over 40 years ago came back to me (the fables by Jean De La Fontaine were learned by rote in "conversational French" back then. John Lewis-Stempel's story of a year on his smallholding in the Charente is warm and vivid and beautiful. Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages.

After calming the terrified animal, Lewis-Stempel leads him back to his field where the cause of the alarm is revealed: a fire salamander, basking in the sunshine.Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. Good-humoured, unpretentious and a bit eccentric, it's more like having a well-read friend than a subscription to a literary review. The descriptive writing of his walks in the area, the local wildlife, the local people and customs (and the attitudes of the French rural resident! The independent-minded quarterly magazine that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach. A clear-eyed and unsentimental, yet utterly beguiling immersion in La France Profonde, keenly observed and beautifully told.



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