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This rip-roaringly funny book about seeking a place in an earthy community of peasants and shepherds gives a realistic sense of the hassles and rewards of foreign relocation. Part of its allure stems from the absence of rose-colored glasses, mainly Stewart's refusal to merely coo about the piece of heaven he's found or to portray all residents as angels. Stewart's hilarious and beautifully written passages are deep in their honest perceptions of the place and the sometimes xenophobic natives, whose reception of the newcomers ranges from warm to gruff.
After reading about struggles with dialects, animal husbandry, droughts, flooding, and such local rituals as pig slaughters and the rebuilding of bridges, you may not wish to live Chris Stewart's life. But you can't help but admire him and his wife, Ana, for digging out a niche in these far-flung mountains, for successfully befriending the denizens, and for so eloquently and comically telling the truth. The rich, vibrant, and unromanticized candor of Driving over Lemons makes it a laudable standout in a genre too often typified by laughable naiveté. --Melissa Rossi --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Entertaining and great to be able to relate it to a recent stay in OrgivaPublished 1 day ago by Frances Karl
Writes beautifully and describes life in rural Spain beautifullyPublished 21 days ago by Mr Alec Bates
I enjoyed it,I had a sheep farm and it brought back memories - not all good I have never worked so hard for so little money- maybe I should have tried to be more self sufficient!Published 23 days ago by c r MURDOCH
A candid genuine story about the pursuit of a dream living in another land. A light read but easy and absorbing.Published 2 months ago by Elaine King
An Englishman becoming a small farmer in the hills of Spain. He has a rollicking way with words and is a fun read.Published 6 months ago by jessieth
As I contemplate moving to Spain I am giving serious thought to the region Las Alpujarras near Granada. Read morePublished 8 months ago by dhijana scott-harmony