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Shvoong Home>Travel>Destinations>A Piano in the Pyrenees Review

A Piano in the Pyrenees

Book Review   by:clawton87     Original Author: Tony Hawks
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Although some may, and indeed have, referred to this book as "slow", "boring", and not as good as his other works, I must disagree. This can not, and should not, be compared to Hawks'' other books, because it is not of the same style as his other books; while the others were comedic references to often strange, and yet on some levels, immature bets, this book is more. While "Around Ireland with a Fridge", focused mainly on the idea of traveling around Ireland and the characters that Hawks'' comes across, this book is so much more. Here we get an insight into French culture and the way of life in the Pyrenees, as well the often tedious channels one must go through to achieve anything. In this sense, Hawks'' writing has evolved from simply being witty tales of his travels to become focused upon the way of life, the culture, and the underlying ideas which go on in such a place. [BR]Everyone of Hawks'' books has been an improvement on the last, again highlighting, as Hawks'' himself does in this work, that he needs to begin to mature, and this can be seen as his writing style has evolved to what it has become today: so much more than a few simply laughs.
[BR]I would go as far as saying that this book is perhaps better than the, now iconic, book on moving to France; "A Year in Provence." While Mayle focuses on the gastronomic delights of Provence, we discover little else about the area and life in it. While Hawks'' gives great reference to the foods of the local area and how they play a part in the everyday life of being part of a village in the Pyrenees, he goes much further than Mayle does when examining life away from the dining table, and we are left with tales of the bureaucratic system of the area, of the thought processes which take place when buying a property abroad, of meeting the locals for the first time and trying to make a good impression, and of course, all this is rounded of with the iconic wit which Hawks'' has become known for.[BR][BR] List of other books by Tony Hawks:[BR] Round Ireland with a Fridge[BR]Playing the Moldovans at Tennis[BR]One Hit Wonderland[BR]
Published: March 26, 2007   
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