Cottage in Portugal

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Their dream was to flee the harsh and unforgiving New England winter for a simpler life in the sunny climes of Portugal. All their friends told them it couldn't be done. Buy and renovate an old cottage in a land that time had forgotten? It was madness, impossible. Where would they find competent workers and craftsmen? The Portuguese were notoriously insular and suspicious of strangers. And even worse, the impenetrable government bureaucracy was known for looking with disfavor upon foreigners. Against all the ...
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Their dream was to flee the harsh and unforgiving New England winter for a simpler life in the sunny climes of Portugal. All their friends told them it couldn't be done. Buy and renovate an old cottage in a land that time had forgotten? It was madness, impossible. Where would they find competent workers and craftsmen? The Portuguese were notoriously insular and suspicious of strangers. And even worse, the impenetrable government bureaucracy was known for looking with disfavor upon foreigners. Against all the odds, Richard and Barbara Hewitt decided to buy a 300-year-old cottage in a tiny village just outside Lisbon. She was an artist, he a master builder. But it was to be an experience that neither of them had bargained for. They soon discovered that their picturesque dream house was structurally unsound and had one electrical outlet and no running water. Indeed, the entire village was without water, with the exception of a few private wells and the fountain that bubbled in the central square. The Hewitts' adventures - and misadventures - had begun. Charming, funny, and high-spirited, this delightful true story portrays the inherent frustrations and hilarities of life abroad. More than once Barbara and Richard were tempted to give up. Progress was slow and the money was running out. But while guarded and suspicious at first, their new neighbors welcomed them to the village. Antonio, master mason and carpenter (or so he said), was so strong he could lift a cement-mixer over his head with one hand. He was also master of a dazzling variety of excuses for not showing up for work. And then there was Alberto, the electrician, who wired the house in the tried-and-true Portuguese fashion - by trial and error. But in spite of these many challenges, the Hewitts were enchanted by Portugal, from its heavenly climate to its remarkable denizens. Richard's descriptions of the beauties of the Portuguese landscape and the peculiar logic of the Portuguese way of life are loving

For readers who enjoyed Peter Mayles's bestelling A Year in Provence, Hewitt recounts his high-spirited adventures, with his wife Barbara, as they trade in their hectic lifestyles and New England's harsh winters for the rural charm of a tiny village in Portugal. 34 illustrations.

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After a few weeks' vacation in Portugal, the Hewitts, a New England couple, decided they wanted to live there. They liked its weather, relaxed pace, gentle people, gorgeous scenery and antiquities. Not far from Lisbon, the ancient, red-roofed castle town of Sintra, set amid forest and lush countryside and within sight of the sea, appealed to them. Here, they believed, their small savings would go a long way; they could buy some tumbled-down house, fix it up and live happily ever after. Never mind that neither of them was fluent in the language; Richard had been studying it and could get along; besides, his skills as a builder, hers as an artist would see them through. But they were unprepared for the suspicious neighbors and stolid bureaucracy, neither of which comprehended why any sane foreigners would want to live there. Their Kafkaesque experiences with contracts, permits, labor, plumbing, electricity and money duplicate those of others who have recorded similar projects in unfamiliar cultures. Though lacking the grace of such accounts as Peter Mayles's A Year in Provence, for a glimpse of country life in Portugal, their story has its moments. The Hewitts now divide their time between Massachusetts and Portugal. illustrations. (Mar.)
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Hewitt and his wife, illustrator Barbara Finn Hewitt, have put together a delightful story of how they left their house and frenzied lifestyle in Massachusetts, packed up all their belongings, and moved to a small village in Portugal, where they bought a 300-year-old cottage and fixed it up. Fortunately, the two display great senses of humor and patience as they deal with the frustrating Portuguese bureaucracy, the trial-and-error method of the construction professionals, and the laid-back attitude of the workers. Hewitt colorfully describes the beautiful landscapes of the remote and unspoiled region, and he sensitively details the generosity and humor of the Portuguese people. Hewitt is not only a master builder but a skillful and witty storyteller. Barbara Hewitt has added whimsical illustrations to round out this travel adventure. For public library collections.-Melinda Stivers Leach, Precision Editorial Svcs., Wondervu, Col.
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Another American-couple-moves-to-European-village-and- renovates-a-house book.

Hewitt, a builder, jack-of-all-trades, and writer-type, and his wife, Barbara, an artist whose overcute drawings adorn the chapter openings, moved from rural Massachusetts to Portugal with the plan of earning their keep by buying and renovating an old house. Naturally, they are foiled at nearly every turn, encountering the usual combination of rustic hostility, inefficiency, benightedness, charm, warmth, and plain old poverty- stricken stupidity. The house is in Sintra, a small, remote resort city surrounded by fairy tale forests and populated by wily, short unindustrious natives and super-tanned, tall, unindustrious vacationers. Ultimately, of course, the house gets bought and hooked up to water; the renovations get done; the house gets sold; and the book gets written. Unfortunately, Hewitt's account of life in and around Sintra actually conveys little of the true character of either the distinctive natural landscape or the human look and sound. Although Hewitt uses the Peter Mayle model for his own book, his touch is inexpert, and he lacks both a real sense of humor and a knack for storytelling. Among other procedural problems, he inflates his own persona more than an author should, in effect laughing at his own, and his wife's, jokes—always a no-no. Of the genuinely funny bits (of which there mercifully are one or two), there is the time when Antonio, a building crew member, fails to show up for work because his "mother was visiting from Switzerland." Hewitt is given the translation, "Antonio was drinking kirsch."

This has a superficial, describe-every-cup-of-coffee-and- glass-of-wine feel that offers little inspiration to prospective Portugal dwellers or dreamers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736635608
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 7 Cassettes

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