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Beats me too but then the other person I've met down there (Johnny Hallyday) is massively popular as well, again for reasons which utterly escape me, likely due to my age.

I really find Mayle's stuff exceedingly boring, in any event that's not really the south I know, but then one writes for a given audience which means in Mayle's case English and American women of a certain age and a nostalgiac and not particularly accurate conception of southern France, which means I'm not the target audience. I'm sure people from certain parts of Italy (like Tuscans, for instance) probably find Anglo-American glorification pieces of their region equally boring and incomprehensible.

I'm sure the same elements which make it attractive to English and American women also might make it attractive to a certain set of parigo-tete-de-veau as well, who may think of themselves as excepted from Mayle's humor. It wouldn't be the first time.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Wed Jan 23rd, 2008 at 03:54:27 PM EST
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I haven't looked at all that much Mayle, but it seems to me he's writing kind of French jokes that Brits will get nudge-nudge wink-wink. I think his readership includes men too. And the French people I've heard speak approvingly of him are down this way, not Parigots (though not Provençots either!).
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Jan 23rd, 2008 at 04:23:25 PM EST
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