The Olive Harvest: A Memoir of Love, Old Trees, and Olive Oil

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Drinkwater's previous works described how she and her husband, Michel, established an olive farm, how they struggled at first to bring the trees back to life, and how their love flourished in the warm Cote d'Azur climate. Olive Harvest shows how she and Michel continued to face obstacles: French bureaucracy, predatory boars, unpredictable droughts, devastating fires, and a traffic accident that brought Michel to the brink of death. Drinkwater captures listeners from the very beginning, describing efforts to produce olives worthy of prestigious recognition by the government of France. The work is difficult, the weather is uncooperative, and the harvest is threatened by insects, but the love between the author and her husband helps them overcome anything. After the accident, though, things change. Drinkwater narrates her work with a compelling mixture of passion and poetry, enabling us to stand beside her as she tackles bees, gypsies, murderous neighbors, and myriad other challenges that help us understand the reality of life under the warm Mediterranean sun. Listeners of the first two volumes will eagerly be awaiting this final chapter. Highly recommended.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781419368332
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Format: CD

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