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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 really enjoyed this book a lot, and have read 3 more in the series. Twead has a way with words that is extraordinary! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Queen Esther
This was a charming book. Hard to see pictures on my Kindle. I don't think you'd call this highly stylized writing, but it was enjoyable as a quick read.Published 7 days ago by Eems2013
This is a fun read about two retired people who move from England to Spain. It's a really fun adventure.Published 23 days ago by Kindle Customer
As soon as I began reading I was drawn in to the story of Victoria and her husband, Joe, who make a plan to move to Spain for 5 years from the UK. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Leslie Johansen Nack
As someone who has lived in a small inland Andulucian village in southern Spain for the past 9 years, I can relate to the ups and downs of this married couple. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patricia Pope
Amusing if a bit formulaic. Quirky local characters, troubles with house renovations, visitors, etc. A pleasant beach read.Published 1 month ago by Nancy P.