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Garlic Is Life Paperback – March 1, 1996
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It was fascinating seeing the real-life background for the stories I had read. I'm also looking harder for different kinds of garlics, and even tempted to try to plant a clove or two in one of the pots on our patio.
Strangely, I was reading this at the same time I read Out Stealing Horses: A Novel by Norwegian writer, Per Petterson. It was amazing how the two books complemented each other!
Both are written in the first person in beautiful, engaging prose. (Horses is so well translated that you don't notice that it was written in another language, except for the occasional Norwegian place names.)
Both utilize many flashbacks to childhood, Petterson's Trond mostly to 1948 in alternate chapters, Chester to the 30's in Pennsylvania.
Both have moved to the country to start over after losing their wives: Chester after a devastating divorce, Trond after a horrendous car accident.
Both recall strong relations to difficult fathers, who continue to influence the way they try to create new lives as 70-something "old men." (Their mothers are lurking in the background.) Both fathers are still lurking to show how to do practical things on their farms.Read more ›
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My opinion of this book is bias due to my love of garlic.
Originally I started with 12 cloves of garlic my first year gardening. Read more
I loved reading this book so much that I had to read it all in one go. Chester Aaron tells the story of how he found a new life in his 60's when he bought a piece of land and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ms. Le Chat