Driving Over Lemons

Driving Over Lemons

An Optimist in Spain

Book - 2001 | First Vintage Departures edition
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nbsp; No sooner had Chris Stewart set eyes on El Valero than he handed over a check.nbsp; Now all he had to do was explain to Ana, his wife that they were the proud owners of an isolated sheep farm in the Alpujarra Mountains in Southern Spain.nbsp; That was the easy part.

Lush with olive, lemon, and almond groves, the farm lacks a few essentials--running water, electricity, an access road.nbsp; And then there's the problem of rapacious Pedro Romero, the previous owner who refuses to leave.nbsp; A perpetual optimist, whose skill as a sheepshearer provides an ideal entrée into his new community, Stewart alsonbsp;possesses an unflappable spirit that, we soon learn, nothing can diminish.nbsp; Wholly enchanted by the rugged terrain of the hillside and the people they meet along the way--among them farmers, including the ever-resourceful Domingo, other expatriates and artists--Chris and Ana Stewart build an enviable life, complete with a child and dogs, in a country far from home.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2001, [1999]
Edition: First Vintage Departures edition
Copyright Date: 2001, ©1999
ISBN: 9780375709159
Call Number: 946.8 S849d 2001
Characteristics: v, 249 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm


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May 21, 2018

I know it's a completely ridiculous idea, but after reading this book, I want to move to Andalusia and buy a decrepit farm with no modern conveniences such as electricity or running water!! The author is a born story teller, gently funny, self-deprecating and utterly likeable. He made me smell the Andalusian air, taste the fresh (and not so fresh) food, feel the sore muscles of bringing an old farm back to life. I was so sad when I turned the last page.

Mar 20, 2014

The author (once a drummer for Genesis) bought an isolated farmhouse in southern Spain with no electricity or running water. He also had to deal with an elderly crotchety former owner who wouldn't budge, runaway sheep and other calamities, which provided plenty of fodder for his quirky, self-effacing humor. This book is on my top 10 travel book list.

Dec 13, 2010

I returned this book already so not sure why I received a notice. Rosalind Johnson


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