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4.0 étoiles sur 5 MEDIUM MAYLE NOT QUITE WELL DONE 29 septembre 2000
Par Gail Cooke - Publié sur
When Provence is his provenance Peter Mayle serves a 5-star feast. Toujours Provence and A Year In Provence were delicious.
Mayle's sixth presentation, Chasing Cezanne, is more of a satisfying deli sandwich, thick with slices of New York, Paris and the Riviera plus a side order of chicanery garnished with romance.
The Big Apple is where photographer Andre Kelly hangs his long lens when he isn't in lush locales photographing estates and their art treasures for a trendy design magazine, Decorating Quarterly. Nourished by Evian water and greed, his editor, Camilla Porter, is as sleek as her publication. Avarice is the bond she shares with one of her paramours, an art trader.
While on a photo shoot in the south of France, Andre drops by a billionaire's villa hoping to renew acquaintance with the magnate's attractively receptive daughter. Since the mansion is shuttered for the season, he is surprised to see what appears to be the family Cezanne leave in a "dirty blue Renault" plumber's van. Unable to forget this puzzling scene, Andre contacts an upscale gallery owner who deals in Impressionists, the patrician Cyrus Pine. (Think Peter O'Toole "in a gray tweed suit of European cut, a pale-blue shirt, and a butter-colored silk bow tie.") Having learned at Eton that "coming top" or winning is the only way to go, the dealer smells skullduggery and a whopping commission.
While Cyrus does some investigating, Andre warms himself during Manhattan's dank winter with his agent, Lucy, a Barbadian beauty sporting a mop of black curls and skin color "halfway between chocolate and honey."
The potage thickens when Andre's apartment is ransacked, and it is learned that the painting now hanging in the Cap Ferrat villa is a skillful forgery.
Deciding the copyist is Franzen, a corpulent Dutch forger living in Paris, Andre, Cyrus and Lucy head for the City of Light, where an elevator is "of that particular Gallic size which encourages close personal relationships."
Mayle is, of course, the most congenial of travel guides as the trio romps down the Boulevard Saint-Germain, up the Eiffel Tower and along the Seine. He's as urbanely witty as ever and still turns an intoxicating phrase: "...the sound of the cork being drawn, no louder than a sudden exhalation of breath, was followed by the whisper of bubbles rising in the glass."
Less adroit when describing the murderous Paradou who stalks the trio, the author cooks up a careening chase through Cannes, Antibes and back to Cap Ferrat.
With Chasing Cezanne Mayle brings to mind an accomplished boulevardier who has mastered each glance, inflection, and compliment. He knows he can easily charm, and he does.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 clumsy and hastily penned Mayle 27 mai 2001
Par M. H. Bayliss - Publié sur
I've enjoyed several of Mayle's other books, but this one is an amiable clunker. The mystery plot is buried under the guise of globetrotting and eating good food. The book would have read much better without the dumb chase scenes (the "hit man" following our narrator) and with more meals. After all, it's mood, ambience and food that Mayle specializes in, not characterization and plot, both of which are sorely lacking.
This book is so mediocre that it's not even a good beach read. You won't care much what happens in this "art" mystery because the plot is so thrown together. One gets the feeling his editor said, "Okay, we need a book in a week." I won't hold it against Mayle since his other books are much more charming, but this one is almost totally devoid of this usual charm.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 As effervescent as French champagne 11 mai 2005
Par J.G. Pen - Publié sur
So I pick some no-brainers off the library shelf -- Deaver, Woods, Mayle, and a couple of lesser-knowns -- and "Chasing Cezanne" is so much fun, not to mention goreless and unperverted, that I can't bring myself to read the others. As much as I enjoy murder mysteries with psychological complexities, "Cezanne" has definitely put me off my feed. Like Rosemunde Pilcher's novels, it's a vacation to heaven. The plot of "Cezanne" is not overburdened but merely le moutard sur la viand of glamourous settings and eccentric characters who love themselves and life, sweet romance without graphic sex, and food, food, food. This novel is a salad course, a sorbet that clears a mental palette of sordid modern life. Its pace is much livelier than that of the Provence books -- which is appropriate, after all. I'm going back for seconds.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 VINTAGE MAYLE 22 janvier 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur
Chasing Cezanne isn't Mayle's best book, but it's still vintage Mayle--a fun romp through the French countryside. And, as usual, Mayle brings his special brand of magic to this book as well--he captures the essence of Provence and somehow manages to convey it with crystal clarity and lots of laughs.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 merely average... 5 juin 2000
Par Jamie Cole - Publié sur
Years ago I read Mayle's Provence books and I can remember laughing out loud to his descriptions of the French people and customs. I borrowed this book the other day, and eventhough I wasn't expecting GREAT things, it still let me down a little. It wasn't a terrible book by any means, but it really has nothing to recommend it. The story is stupid and makes no sense... to me at least. It's neither suspenseful or terribly entertaining. It is missing the rich descriptions of food and lifestyle from previous books, or at least,the they just don't come together as well in this one. Borrow it from a friend or find it at a second hand store, but I would not pay full retail price for this book as a fan of the classic Peter Mayle Frenchie tales.
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