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The Olive Farm: A memoir of life, love and olive oil Paperback – 7 Jun 2001
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The new leader of the pack (THE TIMES)
Beautifully written with a great sense of humour, it captures perfectly the dreamy atmosphere of the south of France and its people (WOMAN AND HOME)
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* Restoring a French olive farm - an actress's lyrical account that will appeal to all admirers of UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN.
* Subtitle: A memoir of life, love and olive oil in the South of FranceSee all Product Description
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I am now about 2/3rds through the first book and have loved every bit of it so far Carol is every bit as good a writer as she is an actress she writes with such passion and such a humerous but factual way that you are transported there yourself you are living the dream with them and sharing the ups and downs of such a huge project.
It is one of the best books i have ever read its funny, its sad, its informative, it makes you want to have a better life for yourself and its a great way to unwind the stresses of modern life and drift you off to another world as you sleep.
Written by a moderately well-known actress and billed as telling the tale of her love affair with Michel, a middle-aged French divorce, and Apassionata, an abandoned olive farm near Cannes, it seemed ideal reading for a holiday in that area.
Sadly, however, Drinkwater's writing style makes the book very nearly unreadable. The writing is flabby and gooey - lush vocabulary is twinned with a paucity of characterisation and explanation. She frequently tells the reader that she loves Michel, yet gives no sense of his character so we can enter into her feelings; she says she has passionate pro-organic and anti-hunting beliefs but omits to provide any reasons; she calls the vet but forgets to tell us of his visit; she tells us, vaguely, that she thinks of a literary parallel, e.g. "was it the Scarlet Pimpernel?" but hasn't researched whether it actually was - very frustrating to the reader, whether they know the origin of the parallel or not.
What a pity that her editor didn't sit her down and ask her to rewrite the book, paying attention to her style and to answering all those questions thrown up by the gaps in her first draft.
Because it is a wonderful story. She and Michel buy and restore an olive farm. They clear the massively overgrown land, involve themselves with the local experts in olives, endure storms and disasters and finally end up with a pressing of their own olives from one of the local mills. What a fantastic outcome! But I shan't be re-reading this book.
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I was so looking forward to this book, but I'm afraid I got bored and did't finish it.Published 22 days ago by Jo, London
Fabulous. I love this book. A desert island book choice. When reading it , I'm there on the farm. I wish!!Published 29 days ago by Jacky Stephens
This book starts off promising but soon starts to become very boring. I do not like the writing style. I only tend to read books about resettling abroad and have enjoyed many. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adrian
Thoroughly enjoyable read, very evocative and makes me want to up sticks. Minor irritation though are all the italicised french words that I have to keep looking upPublished 1 month ago by victor meldrew and then some
Quite nice as it referred to places I'd been.
Now to read her next book. Hopefully it will be
Yes they are all here - the stock characters who inhabit tales of buying a ruined house abroad: the horny-handed peasant with a heart of gold; the hapless heroine battling against... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Client d'Amazon
Carol Drinkwater submerges us into the sights, smells, colours and taste of France. Every time I read this, I'm seized with a longing to buy a pension there, although I suspect my... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Highlander
An interesting and moving account of a risky adventure. Who would have thought that olives could be so important?