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Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain Paperback – May 8, 2001
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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.
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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There are no descriptions of fine wines, imcomparable meals, or other such rich treats. Instead this is a tale of an English couple that eschews the bourgeois lifestyle and seeks a simpler lifestyle in rural Spain. The leitmotif for the book could be summed up as carpe diem. The result is a touching description of evolving understanding of a different culture, appreciation and respect for the challenges of an agrarian lifestyle, and the importance of human relationships.
Throughout one is struck by what a kind hearted, genuinely good, and often frustratingly credulous person Chris Stewart is. He has an endearing capacity for laughing at himself and chalking up losses and set backs as part of the cost of change. Much of the book's humor is derived from the characteristically deadpan British understatement and irony, and the assortment of interesting and eccentric characters to whom the Stewarts are drawn and also attract.
Stewart's growing relationship with his laconic, multitalented neighbor Domingo is particularly heart warming. One is struck by the neighor's acumen, unceasing generosity, and ongoing willingness to aid the often fumbling Stewart. There is a particularly moving chapter about "understanding the water" where Stewart reveals his immense gratitude and respect to Domingo by expressing the hope to earn his respect someday.
This is a lovely, uplifting, fun book depicting the growth of a family and the development of a new, and perhaps more essential, lifestyle. I felt better for having read it.
Another strength of the book is that he does not shy away from describing the bad elements of life, particularly the locals. Even the food gets rough treatment. Stewart doesn't hang out in local cafes or seek out restaurants (ever, it seems); all his food descriptions are from the farms, and they're not the simple, hearty, soul-warming dishes one expects. Food is rough and strong and not always easy to take. He doesn't even pretend that the wine is respectable; it's not.Read more ›
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Rambles a bit. A lot of details that were not very interesting. I would not recommend this book. Not an exciting read.Published 1 month ago by BIRDWATCHER
I wonder how many people have showed up on his doorstep to get a firsthand look at El Valero? I've already ordered the sequel.Published 2 months ago by Douglas Skillins
I rarely put a book down for ever before finishing it. This one I did. I just could not get into it. I loved the idea of the book but I found it just boring. Sorry.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved it! Reminded me of my favorite A Year in Provence. Now to read the follow on!Published 4 months ago by Brigid
I really enjoyed this story and just noticed that it is part of a trilogy! I can't wait to read the next two.Published 5 months ago by Jasmine
Driving Over Lemons took me on a humorous journey to a dilapidated farm in rural Spain. I could picture many of the scenes in my mind and I laughed out loud at the unusual... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Linda
Chris Stewart is so charming and so is his book. His knowledge of the Alpujarras can't be beat. And nicely writtenPublished 6 months ago by Marjorie Pollard Robbins