The Almond Picker

The Almond Picker


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Almond Picker 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
bookchic8 More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book at all. It interested me being italian and having the story set in Sicily. I found it very boring. The book got good the last couple chapters, but the rest was terrible.
PittsHQ More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on the recommendation from Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP e-mail. Although the story itself is good (richly layered & interesting--both the characters and the tale), the translation just seemed strange and awkward...sometimes the words just didn't flow. And with the author being fluent in English, I mean, come one she lives in Great Britain, I have to wonder why she didn't translate it herself to ensure her story's fluidity. Overall, a good read.
CathyB More than 1 year ago
Who was Mennulara, The Almond Picker? That is the question to be answered in Ms. Hornby's debut novel. At a very young age, she became the maid for a wealthy local family and eventually became the indispensable administrator of their affairs. Was she just a servant? Rumors and speculation abound as the story unfolds. Everyone has their own opinion as to the type of person she was and what she did in life to get to where she was. ----- This novel starts with the death of Mennulara and an unusual request to the family that she served. Desperate to acquire her so-called wealth, they take on a series of tasks that will ensure them their due. Both the characters and the story were wonderful. I was delighted by Mennulara and wanted to know the truth behind her life. I recommend to those who would like to experience the feeling of living in a small Sicilian town, those who like mystery and those who just want something pleasurable to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly could not put the book down. The book kept me in suspence regarding Mennu. Each time I thought I had the answer about her past, something else came up and changed my mind. The book also brings gossip to a front. Anyone reading this book can think of real life people that would participate in the very same kind of gossip. In my own opinion, the book definately deserves the 4 stars I rated.