Driving Over Lemons

Driving Over Lemons

An Optimist in Andalucía

Book - 1999
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A funny, generous, wonderfully written account of an family making a life and home in remote but enchanting southern Spain. At seventeen, Chris Stewart, the first drummer for the rock group Genesis, left the band and launched a career that included stints as a sailor, a sheep shearer, and a travel writer. And he has no regrets. If he'd become a rock star, he might never have moved with his wife, Ana, to El Valero, a mountain farm in Andalucía, Spain, studded with olive, almond, and lemon groves -- but with no access road, water supply, or electricity. He might never have forged the friendship of a lifetime with his resourceful neighbor Domingo. He might never have had the adventures that resulted in both hilarious disasters and blissful serendipity. He might never have experienced the satisfying complexity of a simple life lived in one of Europes's most beautiful regions, among peasants, farmers, ex-pats, New Age travelers, and a growing family, or come to understand a place and its people with such depth and affection. And certainly Stewart, the eternal optimist, would never have written this delectable book and made us his utterly captivated audience.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1999.
ISBN: 9780375410284
0375410287
Branch Call Number: 946.8 S849
Characteristics: v, 248 p. : ill.

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patcarstensen
Aug 16, 2018

He never takes himself too seriously. The end sort of fizzles out though.

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QnVz
Jun 21, 2018

Fabulous read and look at life—taking new chances and adventures and the twists and turns that come with it all.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 06, 2014

The good life abroad. If you enjoyed Peter Mayle of Frances Mayes, you'll love this much more rustic tale of life in southern Spain. Stewart and his wife move from England to a dilapidated farm on the wrong side of the river, with no access road, water supply or electricity, and soon realize it was exactly the life they wanted.

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ThomasLove
Jul 26, 2013

A perfect cottage read or for the world traveler who just wants to settle down anywhere but home. It will teach you about agriculture, horticulture, rural Spanish culture, and will do so in a way that is both easy and memorable. This book will forever be in my heart.

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