山居歲月 A Year in Provence
The book was so popular that tourists flooded Provence, causing real estate prices soared and life quality badly affected. Some readers even managed to locate the writer’s residence based on the descriptions in the book which caused the writer quite some trouble. He moved to New York to avoid the hustle brought to him by his fame. Years later, however, he moved back to Provence, but this time he concealed his home very carefully.
My first impression after reading this book is like this: The write is loaded. When he retired and decided to move to southern France, off he went. When he decided to buy a house there, he did it. When he wanted to renovate it, he did it. It seems to me that he did not need to care about cost at all. I used to work in an office. When I was an officer worker, I dreamed every day that one day when I retired I wanted to move to country side. So many negative and twisted things went on in the office every day. Manipulation, calculation, showing off, endless desires and twisted minds. It was a modern version of period drama. After working in that kind of environment for years, certainly I became one of them.
Then I quit and started running my little classroom. Gradually I got rid of the bad habits I inherited from my former office life. I didn’t realize my mind was so twisted until years later I looked back my office life. Now I am doing a job I enjoy every day. I don’t feel like moving to the country side any more. If you are an office worker now and dream about moving to country side or running a little café, you need to ask yourself one question: Do I really enjoy country life? Is this wish generated from my disgust of office life?