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Book By Author:  Rudolph Lea

Tales from the Dordogne
 Tales from the Dordogne

is a collection of non-fiction vignettes of a fascinating set of individuals and of some remarkable experiences, told in short story form by an American writer. The chronicles are set in one of France’s most beautiful locations, in a corner of the Dordogne River valley that the author has dubbed The Golden Triangle, that is still relatively unspoiled and filled with an astounding number of significant places. The entire region throbs with the material reminders of prehistoric, Celtic, Roman and medieval times, and, especially, with the beauty of its well-preserved medieval villages. It is a favorite tourist area for the French themselves. For most of the protagonists, World War II still looms in their backgrounds as a powerful reality that shaped and determined the direction of their lives and of their family history down to the present. Another strain that dominates their stories is the overwhelming power of love and of the need to give it and to receive it. The book is a celebration of the lives of these individuals in their magical surroundings.
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Transport yourself to the Golden Triangle of France; you'll enjoy the journey.


Imagine rolling over a hill and heading down into one of the most beautiful places on the planet, full of history, amazing architecture and numerous vibrant characters. This is what Rudolph Lea paints in Tales from the Dordogne. I said paint because Lea is a true artist with a pen. I've always heard stories about the French countryside, but it wasn’t until reading this book that I realized how one could be entranced by the area itself. Lea tells the tale of him and his wife arriving from the US and finding the Golden Triangle in France.  They then buy a house and live there each summer for over 10 years.

Lea writes in the first person about several friends they made and the tales that surround each one. Among them are, Suzette, a beauty that places an ad for a cultured gentleman. Lea goes through the history of her boyfriends and one in particular that had me shocked with the audacity of what he would do to get a seat on a packed train. Lea continues on with more tales of other friends Catherine, Lola and Zoe to name a few, all with their own great stories. Along the way he describes, in a beautiful style, scenery, food, smells and the atmosphere of living in a small picturesque French village. I'll tell you, I wanted to jump on a plane right there to immerse myself into the culture. I would definitely recommend reading Tales from the Dordogne.  It transported me to a place where life is cherished and not just lived.


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Author:  Rudolph Lea