It's the stuff of dreams. A Scottish family giving up relative sanity and security to go and grow oranges for a living in a secluded valley in the mountains of the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.
But dreams, as everyone knows, have a nasty habit of not turning out quite as intended. Being greeted by a freak snowstorm is only the first of many surprises and experiences, and it isn't long before they realise that they have been sold a bit of a lemon of an orange farm by the wily previous owners.
However, laughter is the best medicine when confronted with consuming a local dish of rats, the live-chicken-down-a-chimney technique of household maintenance, and attending a shotgun wedding. The colourful set of Mallorcan neighbours (including an eccentric old goatherd who eats worm-ridden oranges to improve his sex life) restores the family's faith in human nature and helps them adapt to a new and unexpectedly testing life in this deceptively simple idyll of rural Spain.
©2000 Peter Kerr; (P)2000 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Peter Kerr writes with a combination of nice observation and gentle humour." (The Sunday Times)
"This should do for Spain what A Year in Provence did for France. (The Sunday Post Magazine)
I really enjoyed the story, similar to Driving over Lemons, and a Year in Provence, and am tempted to try his other books but ALAS the audio quality of this one is poor and Mr Bryce does not do justice to the story. He is clearly "reading" and the performance lacks flow. I like the way he portrays the characters and there, there is no problem, but when reading the narrative
and reaching the end of a line
he goes on to the next
instead of giving the narrative a natural flow as most narrators do so that it sounds as if the story is being told and not
Maybe if someone else did the narration it would be better, but for now I think I will try buying one of his books and reading it myself.
This is "A Year in Provence" set in Majorca, Spain. I enjoy stories that share cultural insights and perspectives from different points of view and there is plenty of that in this with a Scottish family purchasing an run-down farm house complete with orange grove on Majorca. An amusing tale though the audio quality on this was the worst I've ever experienced on Audible.
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