Chasing Cézanne

Chasing Cézanne

Book - 1997
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Random House, Inc.
Hanky-panky on the international art scene is the source of the hilarity and fizz in Peter Mayle's new novel. He flies us back to the south of France (a region some readers of his irresistible best-sellers believe him to have invented), on a wild chase through galleries, homes of prominent collectors, and wickedly delectable restaurants. There are stopovers in the Bahamas and England, and in New York, where that glossiest of magazines, Decorating Quarterly, reflects the cutting-edge trendiness of its editor, Camilla Jameson Porter. (Camilla has recently broken new ground in the world of power lunches by booking two tables on the same day, and shuttling between them, at the city's trendiest restaurant.)

It is Camilla who has sent our hero, Andre Kelly, to Cap Ferrat to take glamorous photo-graphs of the houses and treasures of the rich, famous, and fatuous. He happens to have his camera at the ready when he spots a Cézanne being loaded onto a plumber's truck near the home of an absent collector. Odd, thinks Andre. And in no time he's on the trail of a state-of-the-art art scam, chasing Cézanne.

It's a joy to follow him and the crowds intent on speeding or foiling his quest--including a beautiful agent; a super-savvy art dealer attracted to the finer things in life, especially if they promise the payoff of a lifetime; an awesome Dutch forger; some outstandingly greedy New York sophisticates; and, invisible in the background, the parade of remarkable chefs whose mouthwatering culinary masterpieces periodically soothe the hero and tantalize the reader of Chasing Cézanne.

Baker & Taylor
At work in the South of France for the magazine Decorating Quarterly, photographer Andre+a7 Kelly stumbles upon a plumber loading a Ce+a7zanne into his truck and sets off on the trail of the culinary delights of France in pursuit of a wicked art scam. 125,000 first printing. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
Hanky-Panky on the international art scene is the source of the hilarity and fizz in Peter Mayle's new novel. He flies us back to the south of France (a region some readers of his irresistible best-sellers believe him to have invented), on a wild chase through galleries, homes of prominent collectors, and wickedly delectable restaurants. There are stopovers in the Bahamas and England, and in New York, where that glossiest of magazines, Decorating Quarterly, reflects the cutting-edge trendiness of its editor, Camilla Jameson Porter. (Camilla has recently broken new ground in the world of power lunches by booking two tables on the same day, and shuttling between them, at the city's trendiest restaurant.)
It is Camilla who has sent our hero, Andre Kelly, to Cap Ferrat to take glamorous photographs of the houses and treasures of the rich, famous, and fatuous. He happens to have his camera at the ready when he spots a Cezanne being loaded onto a plumber's truck near the home of an absent collector. Odd, thinks Andre. And in no time he's on the trail of a state-of-the-art art scam, chasing Cezanne.
It's a joy to follow him and the crowds intent on speeding or foiling his quest - including a beautiful agent; a super-savvy art dealer attracted to the finer things in life, especially if they promise the payoff of a lifetime; an awesome Dutch forger; some outstandingly greedy New York sophisticates; and, invisible in the background, the parade of remarkable chefs whose mouthwatering culinary masterpieces periodically soothe the hero and tantalize the reader of Chasing Cezanne.

Baker
& Taylor

At work in the South of France on the magazine "Decorating Quarterly," photographer Andre Kelly stumbles upon a plumber loading a Cezanne into his truck and sets off on the trail of the culinary delights of France in pursuit of a wicked art scam

Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679455110
0679455116
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 21 cm

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whitcombs2do
Aug 05, 2016

Good low-key mystery with a very French flavor - for lovers of A Year in Provence.

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 27, 2014

A trans-Atlantic comedy with a nose for fine wine, great cheese, expensive hotel linens and of course Impressionist art.

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DALHIA
Jun 16, 2013

I love the way Mayle writes and his way of describing France. You can almost taste France when you read his books

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