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Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools: Tuck Into a Slice of Andaluc an Life Paperback – October 3, 2009
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'Victoria Twead is a natural storyteller with a knack for charm and wit.'
--Robin Bayley, author of 'The Mango Orchard'
'laugh-out-loud funny...especially the Spanish women heckling over eggs from "The English"...hilarious...engaging...the interspersion of recipes is charming'
Weeks later, after finishing the book, you will be standing at your kitchen window doing the dishes and then recall some fleeting scene with chickens or mules or two old fools and laugh out loud all over again.
--The Catalunya Chronicle
From the Author
As I wrote, the book made me both laugh and cry. I love Spain, I love the Spanish people and I love Spanish food. I hope all this shines through in my writing, and if I have one wish, it's that the reader enjoys reading 'Chickens' as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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Top Customer Reviews
Approaching retirement, Vicky and her husband, Joe, one day decide to pack up their bags and leave their comfortable Sussex, England home and settle in the village El Hoya, Spain. It is not long before they come to learn village life is full of surprises and quirky mishaps, and with hilarious culture clashes at every turn. When Vicky and Joe unintentionally find themselves chicken farmers, Vicky says:
"Oh, Please! Our Spanish neighbours already thought we were insane, sitting on the yellow sofa gazing at our flock, letting them hop onto our laps, talking to them."
Whether saved by a mule or sitting at a party table in the middle of the road celebrating a neighbour's birthday (and blocking traffic), CHICKENS ... not only paints a warm, humorous and colourful picture of rural Spain, but also tells of how two zany Brits came to fit right in. Light-hearted and full of sunshine. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
You really get a flavor for the impish nature of the author as you survey the characters, both human and animal, and the names she bestowed on them. I often had the feeling that if she really let her hair down and gave in to her bawdy impulses, we'd be rolling in the aisles. Nonetheless, an excellent read by a skillful writer. Even the English slang was funny and educational.
Put this book on your reading list!
reminds me of the writings of Betty McDonald. She wrote
about her life is the 1920's to the 1950's in the Seattle area.
She wrote a very humorous account of her life. The style of
writing is one of my most favorite writing styles. I would definitely
read any book Victoria Twead should care to write.
Tired of the dreary British climate as she and her husband Joe neared retirement, they decided to sell in Britain and move to sunny Spain. The book begins with (Victoria's) discontent with England, the process of their decision to make the move, and their search for the ideal piece of Spanish real estate ("The House"). Finding a reliable real estate agent was aided greatly by their serendipitous meeting with another ex-pat who had lived in Spain for some time.
The Tweads found a run-down terrace house with rudimentary bathroom facilities and less-than-that kitchen amenities, in a small village tucked into the mountains. They set about making (extensive) renovations and moving their worldly possessions. They made friends with their neighbours and became acquainted with the villagers and village life, all the while receiving what seems a steady stream of visitors from England.
With a fresh perspective and laugh-out-loud humour, Victoria shares all of this with us.
I tremendously enjoyed reading Chickens & Mules because
* Victoria's voice is down-to-earth. She finds the humour in village life and is not afraid to laugh at herself too. There are also no judgements as to superiorities of one culture over another. I believe this is a key reason the Tweads were successful and happy in their move.
* It was well-written and edited. There are no bumpy repetitions, badly constructed sentences, or annoying typos.
* There are photos! On my Kindle, they are in black and white.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I so enjoyed this book. I have read all of Roderic Jeffries Inspector Alvarez books, which laid the foundation for this wonderful location. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Sandra S. Knox
A most enjoyable light holiday read, especially for anyone who has visited and been welcomed by people from these small villages in Spain.Published 4 days ago by Elizabeth-Ann Nightingale
I loved this book, I feel like I know all the people in the village and general area. I would love to move therePublished 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
I'm still trying to be captured by this book.. It hasn't gotten to the "I couldn't put it down point yet"Published 6 days ago by Ron Brown
Although not on my normal list to read I found enough to keep me reading this book. Not a lot of adventure or action bot a surprise here and there and a bit of humor in places. Read morePublished 8 days ago by James Thurmond
I rarely read books. They have to hook me pretty quickly in order for me to continue past the first chapter or two. Read morePublished 10 days ago by John
A well-written book about how a retired couple bought a place in Spain, how they came to love the life and people in the small village where they settled down.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer Lois Louthan