Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling…

Paperback | March 20, 2017

byPaul Shore

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Will a foreigner assigned to work in Provence be able to gain acceptance from his French townsfolk? Find out, as Paul Shore’s evocative story telling, wry wit, and big heart, inspire and entertain you, as he tells the tale of how he did just that. 

Shore’s unwavering determination to fit into life in a quaint village, despite having smoke repeatedly blown in face, saw him eventually embraced within the local culture --- at least by a few of his leery French neighbors.

Uncorked celebrates the “uncorking” of a few tightly held traditions that are near and dear to hearts of the locals of the Cote d’Azur and Provence – being taught to play pétanque (boules) under the clandestine cover of darkness; learning vernissage etiquette; drinking pastis before noon; navigating narrow village roads at top driving speed. Shore also “uncorks” personal awakenings about the value of following roads-less-travelled and making time to smell-the-roses, as we cultivate friendships and traditions.  And, through exposure to the life of artist Marc Chagall, Shore reflects on the challenges that all newcomers face to gain acceptance in a foreign land. 

Shore’s humorous and heart-felt accounts of his year living in Provence will touch and amuse, and evoke fond memories of travel to fascinating places --- and they might even trigger reflection on the importance of being afforded new chances in life.

TREAT YOURSELF TODAY to some belly laughter and fond reminiscing about past travels!

 

Praise for Uncorked:

"Like a wry cross between Bill Bryson and Dave Bidini, Paul Shore’s funny, self-deprecating and wholesome recounting of a year spent in the French Riviera will ring très true for anyone who has made the trip to this special but highly exclusive part of the world. Shore captures exactly what it’s like to be a foreign national trying to bust into the local scene. One part travelogue, one part self-help guide, one part memoir, Uncorked is just like a good French wine: light, delicious, and full of flavour."

--- Grant Lawrence, CBC broadcaster and author of Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound

 

“A computer geek in the South of France? What could go wrong? With remarkable storytelling skill, Shore brings to life a time and place where community, simplicity and a slower pace were revered — a younger generation's A Year in Provence.”

--- Sarah Bancroft, co-author of Vancouver: The Unknown City and writer of the blog A Year in Paris

“Through the game of pétanque, Paul found his entry-point into French culture.  His light-hearted story takes you to a place where the simple joys in life are what matters. During my Man in Motion World Tour 30 years ago, I blasted through Provence in a whirlwind. I look back on that time and wish I could have slowed down as Paul has.”

--- Rick Hansen, founder and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation

 

“Paul Shore’s nostalgic musings on the ancient, nuanced sport of pétanque demonstrate how, with a dose of persistence, to tap into a treasure trove of cross-cultural respect and understanding in sunny Provence or, for that matter, just about any place on the planet.”

--- Jack Christie, writer-broadcaster, author of 52 Best Day Trips from Vancouver.

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Will a foreigner assigned to work in Provence be able to gain acceptance from his French townsfolk? Find out, as Paul Shore’s evocative story telling, wry wit, and big heart, inspire and entertain you, as he tells the tale of how he did just that. Shore’s unwavering determination to fit into life in a quaint village, despite having smo...

Paul Shore is a technology industry veteran who has worked around the globe. His drive to embrace new challenges has seen Paul involved in a variety of pursuits. After the software startup he was with in France was acquired by computer chip maker Broadcom in 1999, Paul returned to Vancouver and led the company's voice-over-internet gro...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.41 inPublished:March 20, 2017Publisher:Paul ShoreLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

CONTENTSA Little Background 1Prologue · Watching Silently 21 · A Mysterious Game 62 · Picture Postcard 163 · You Need a Sponsor 224 · A Clandestine Affair 325 · Culture Shock 426 · Initiation by Gendarmes 527 · Go Buy Balls 668 · What's a Vernissage? 769 · Becoming a Riverain 8410 · Stepping Into the Light 9811 · Mind Games 10612 · Not So Lost in Translation 11613 · Welcome to the Circle 13014 · Il a le Sens du Jeu 14015 · Joie de Vivre 150Epilogue · Déjà Vu 156A Closing Note 163