- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 850 KB
- Print Length: 370 pages
- Publisher: George Mournehis; 3 edition (12 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CXSYYJK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Mulberry Tree Kindle Edition
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This is a hugely impressive first novel, and George Mounehis has a promising literary career ahead!
Are we likely to see how Marcus copes with the challenges in the next stage of his life? I hope so.
Mournehis writes with authority, confidence and affection in this heartwarming novel. He clearly knows and understands these North London characters whose lives revolve around the allotments which form a backdrop to the protaganists' journeys towards maturity and enlightenment.
The changes in the natural world seen through the cycle of life on the allotments run in parallel to and act as a metaphor for the characters' development.
In short, this is an enjoyable read and should have wide appeal. It is thoroughly entertaining on a superficial level but there is sufficient depth both intellectual and literary to allow greater degrees of appreciation. Don't beat about the bush, buy The Mulberry Tree, read it and recommend it.
Marcus is...a hedonist. Actually, he's an unscrupulous toad, who lets down his pregnant girlfriend so he can continue to pursue the pleasures of drugs, drink, and sex. So, he is just a little more than surprised when his late grandfather leaves him, of all things, his allotment. What on earth would he want to do with an expanse of soil and neighbouring fuddy-duddy plot-holders? He discovers that these fuddy-duddies are quite a motley crew. Alex is disgruntled and bad-tempered with a chip on his shoulder. Petro and Yianni are friendly and helpful...and Yianni has a rather attractive daughter, Sophie, herself going through her own crisis. Then there's the very mysterious, but oh so wise, reclusive Ben. Then there's plot politics, jealousy, and skulduggery (oh yes, you can bet your sweet potato there is!).
But...and this is what Marcus was to discover...there was beauty, calm, tranquillity, satisfaction, and sheer joy. Joy from watching something grow to magnificence with patience and plenty of nurturing. Even the rampant, randy, and reckless Marcus becomes smitten.
Mournehis has put together a wonderful array of characters, skilfully portrayed and well defined. Marcus' character was quite simply a masterpiece, poignantly contrasted by the enigmatic Ben. The author certainly knows a thing or two about growing luscious vegetables and fruit and expertly interlaces his experience (or if not, his impeccable research) into a rich and compelling story.
Don't for one minute think that this is just a meandering story about human nature and runner beans. There are some smack-in-the-face shocks and twists that catch you unawares.
Classy and compelling. Do read this.
The author shows an eloquence in his writing with a deep understanding of the complexities of human behaviours, reasoning and relationships. The novel revolves around the journey of Marcus taking responsibility of his adultlife, aided by a community of allotmenteers in North London. The richness of the authors description of the characters and the setting truly engulfs you.
I couldn't recommend this novel enough. The characters leave footprints on your heart, and days after finishing this novel you will miss them.
well worth the read so much so i have recommended it to my mother-in-law, who i know will enjoy it.
looking forward to the next book should he write one.
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An inheritance of an allotment leads to changes.
A pleasant read, it will make you want an allotment of your own