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Garlic Is Life Paperback – March 1, 1996
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Originally I started with 12 cloves of garlic my first year gardening. Each year I planted more and more until just last fall when I planted almost 400. This is something that also happened to the author of this story, as well as something that will ring true to anyone that takes on the challenge of growing garlic.
The book serves as an autobiographical tale of the authors life as it has revolved around garlic in one form or another. The characters are very real (although they should be if they're based on real characters) and the author does a great job of bringing you into his life and showing you how garlic really connects him to his childhood (more specifically his father) and his ancestors. He talks at great lengths on this history of certain strains as well as the "garlic" we find in grocery stores.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in growing garlic, or has found themselves on their hands and knees on an overcast day in October plunking clove after clove after clove in the ground. This book will certainly ring true. Even if you don't have an interest in garlic but are still interested in gardening, this book is a fun, easy read that you can enjoy while sipping a glass of ice tea after you finish your garden duties.
With all that said there is only one thing about this book that bugged me, and it is the main reason why it lost a star. The dialogue. Now, it stands to reason that the author probably used some of the exact words from conversations he had with people but I couldn't get past it's awkwardness.Read more ›
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It was very informative, yet very personal. I like Chester Aaron's writing style, it made me want to meet the man, while at the same time made me feel that I already had.Published on October 25, 2013 by pirate fan
Take a good helping of witty memoir, add a handful of very useful gardening/farming information, & a huge heap of garlic (and recipes) and you have a marvelous book. Read morePublished on April 1, 2008 by Robert J. Kourik