When I was an impressionable 13 or 14 year old, I devoured this book. I had nothing in common with the author, never been to Provence yet even today this book has remained with me as my ultimate escape book. Was this the book that changed my outlook on life?
Looking back at it now, it resonates with the desire to FIRE and to live a better life. The angst of what to do during retirement was a fear unfounded. Mayle retired at 55 after 2 divorces and with 12 months of living expenses. He wasn't FI, he had a book contract to float him. And indeed this book turbocharged his post-FIRE life and wildly made him richer both materially and spiritually.
Perhaps how/what Mayle made his life in France so successful was his positive attitude and openness to changes and a more chillaxed way of approaching obstacles.
I do wonder how much this book has influenced my life choices and how it continues to - the search for sunlight, the search for community, the search for simplicity.