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The show must go on ...,
This review is from: The Olive Season: Amour, a new life and olives too (Paperback)
If there is one metaphor coming through the two books about Appassionata, it has to be renewal. The house, the land, the search for water, the olive trees, Carol's own faith in love and commitment, her hopes for a baby and dealing with the consequences of loss - all these are part of the cycle of life. I enjoyed reading The Olive Farm and The Olive Season, the mix of biography and snippets of botanical history, meeting the people helping on the farm, and members of her family. I identified with her loss of the baby having recently lost my own, recognising the psychological trauma and withdrawal.
However, the only real niggle I have is with accuracy and representation. Whilst I appreciate the need for privacy, could not the publisher at least provide a consistent image on the front covers of the two books? Obviously it's not even the same house, let alone Appassionata. Also, giving the reader some graphical representation of the locality (as Frances Mayes did in Under the Tuscan Sun) would be nice. And as Carol herself says she has "bent time", it is difficult to judge the number of years the story covers. Ah well, the privilege of the author I suppose. Still, an interesting read, and conveniently available at the airport!