Pleasant Valley, it turned out, was on the "wrong" side of the Taconic Parkway. It was "red and black plaid hats with earflaps and insulated bib-front overalls country," as opposed to Ralph Lauren estates country. Despite the blue-collar atmosphere (or rather because of it), the Kordas have been there for two decades. Becoming locals hasn't been easy, however. Korda relishes the moments that mark him as an insider--hanging out at the local diner, buying a Harley-Davidson, and most importantly, buying pigs. Pig watching in a place like Pleasant Valley is a truly bonding experience, which Korda describes with his characteristic dry wit:
Pig watching is not something anybody does in a hurry, as we came to learn. You have to shift your trousers down a bit, loosen up your belt a notch or so, give your belly a little breathing room, light a cigarette if you're a smoker, and look at the pigs for a good long time. Then you sigh, nod your head, and say, "Them's nice pigs, them pigs." Then you look at them some more.You get the idea. A natural raconteur, Korda makes the quirks of living in an old house and the quest for local status in an insular community highly entertaining, and he proves once again that, while he may not be handy with tools, he certainly knows his way around the written word. --Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I enjoyed this book very much ! Korda describes everything so well, easy to read, you can put it down and look forward to picking it up again, a very pleasant read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by trot-on!
I enjoyed this book and especially Michael Korda's writing style. The book is about a "city slicker's" travails as he (and his wife) try to adapt to life in the country and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by V. Ciricola
I read this book years ago, then got it on tape, then as cds so I could listen to it again as I traveled--now I am buying it on Kindle. Read morePublished on April 10, 2012 by the real skinny
A lovely read. Author moved from the city to the country...successfully. Beautiful writing, with that incredibly understated British sense of humor.Published on November 23, 2011 by Debnance at Readerbuzz
i bought this book because i loved Horse People soooo much, and when i was much younger, i had really enjoyed Queenie. Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by calisurfergirl
I thought this book was going to be like "A Year in Provence." It is basically, rich snobby guy with "former model" wife moves to the country and continue to be rich snobby... Read morePublished on August 3, 2010 by Angela T
I suppose rich editors (did they really buy him a motorcycle for his 25th anniversary at S&S? No wonder books are so expensive! Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by AY
I liked the book. I really enjoyed reading it.
I do think that some of the criticism noted here is expected; however, it depends on what side of the story you are... Read more