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Rs who yearn to experience the magic of southern France Austin Chronicle Good hud and well written The Washington Post Book World Following Drinkwater's engaging story is like driving the hairpin turns that climb the hills above the French Riviera the views are breathtaking the blind curves frightening and the safe arrival to the top a joyous relief Library Journ. Loved itWant to move to France

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The Olive Farm A Memoir of Life Love and Olive Oil in the South of France

When Carol Drinkwater and her fiancé cute Michel are given the opportunity to purchase ten acres of an abandoned olive farm in the South of France they find the region's splendor impossible to resist Using their entire savings as a down payment the couple embark on an adventure that brings them in contact with the charming countryside of Provence its uerulous pe. It begins with her spoiled progeny whining because they don t have a swimming poolright now The tone is setMore lifestyle porn Jesus another A Year in Provence Under the Tuscan Sun esue memoir of an over privileged hack who buys an old place in a foreign land and fixes it up She makes it appear in this book that she is so original in wanting to buy a romantic old farm in France Who the hell wouldn t want to do this if they had the resources She acts like she is such a maverick for choosing to live in a country mansion in the south of FranceThis book should be subtitled Every noun must have an adjective every verb an adverb The hoariest prose I ve ever stumbled across She is trying much too hard to make this a creative writing exercise and why would anyone do that in the first place because creative writing of the self conscious variety is rubbish All of itThe whole tone of the memoir is that of we the readers must care so very dearly for the people involved Spoiler alert I don t not even a little before I began and after a few pages of hearing about the lives of the privileged and solipsistic I have zero interest in her dramatic personae I had never heard of her and I ve never seen anything she has appeared in so I wasn t the least bit invested in her as a celebrity which shouldn t matter at all to anyone but I m sure this sold most of the booksHere she is talking about her idyllic wonderland And in among all of these gregarious and bohemian activities I slip away unnoticed to a cool stone room of my own lined head to foot with books sprawling with maps and dictionaries switch on my computer and settle down peacefully to writeMaybe I m being too snarky but it sure seems to me like she could use the practiceand an editor Can you bear to read Summer is slipping away like the silent falling of petals Don t petals fall in spring Everyone has left and we are on our own The swallows gather autumn sets in rustic and rather rainy Horrible n est ce pas And for someone who admits to speaking poor French she loves to litter her writing with words from her second poorly spoken language as if her random mais ouis and zut alors give her French street credThere is a bit about olives to be learned but it just isn t worth the effort

Carol Drinkwater ☆ 8 READ

Rsonalities petty bureaucracies and extraordinary wildlife From the glamour of Cannes and the Isles of Leacuterins to the charm of her own small plot of land which she transforms from overgrown weeds into a thriving farm Drinkwater triumphantly relates how she realized her dream of a peaceful meaningful life A fantasy come true as it will be for many of the reade. Carol Drinkwater s account of bringing an olive farm in the south of France back to life is so rich in detail and characterization that I feel as though I am experiencing it with her Her prose draws me in and holds my attention so powerfully that I cannot wait for the next page And the next And the next We meet her fiance with whom she has purchased the farm their dogs his daughters his parents her parents and their eccentric able accomplices in restoring the farm to productivity Rene and uashia and feel that they are old friends as the book draws to a closeI read the book practically straight through over three days pausing only for such mundane things as meals appointments and sleep always eager to return to the verbal feast Miss Drinkwater serves up by the bucketful I first read The Olive Farm 5 or 6 years ago yet it is so fresh and rich that it seems as though I have never before picked up the book I look forward to reading it again in a few years


10 thoughts on “The Olive Farm A Memoir of Life Love and Olive Oil in the South of France

  1. says:

    It begins with her spoiled progeny whining because they don’t have a swimming poolright now The tone is setMore lifestyle porn Jesus another A Year in Provence Under the Tuscan Sun esue memoir of an over privileged hack

  2. says:

    This memoir ranks up there as one of my favorites of the year The author is the actress who played Helen Herriot on the BBC TV production of All Creatures Great and Small By her own admission she isn't a calm person At times in the writing you can sense that she is a little dramatic in her behavior but overall I

  3. says:

    I started off this story with somewhat mixed feelings not sure it was my kind of story but very uickly I came to enjoy Carol Drinkwater's gentle writing style The story is fascinating her journey to southern France with her partner Michel and their efforts to turn an abandoned estate and olive farm into their dream home Al

  4. says:

    The Olive Farm was a feast for the senses Drinkwater's descriptions are so vivid that you are transported to Provence with its blue skies fragrant fruits and flowers and rocky soil Drinkwater has a love affair with the land and a love affair with a Frenchman both of which are excellent fodder for a story It was an easy and very enjoyable read

  5. says:

    It was okay and I liked it enough to bump up my rating to three stars but this book will be DNF for me Nothing against the author or the stor

  6. says:

    Carol Drinkwater's account of bringing an olive farm in the south of France back to life is so rich in detail and characterization that I feel as though I am experiencing it with her Her prose draws me in and hol

  7. says:

    It was a sappy memoir of her life and the drama she has with the farm If you are expecting to read about the farm and its transformation this is not the book for you; which is a pity because it could've been done with this book I wish someone would write a memoir of a place where the place is the center of the story

  8. says:

    Loved itWant to move to France

  9. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir about an actress and her fiance buying an abandoned villa and its overgrown grounds full of olive trees Drinkwater writes so colorfully about her experiences transporting the reader to this beautiful region It's similar in its angle foreigner in foreign land; the uirky country people run down house odd and frustrating ways of doing business to A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun

  10. says:

    Guys I think we all have a place that we dream about living out our days in It might be a beach with an umbrella drink in our hands a huge bookstore with big comfy chairs or a gorgeous mountain vista For me I think I want pe