Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart

Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart

by Carol Wall
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Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story line. Well written and engaging. One of best books of 2014. And I have read over 25 this year.
mrszoomby More than 1 year ago
Right away I fell in love with this book – even though it is, strictly speaking, not a gardening book. Instead it tells the story of a woman who is grappling with cancer, age and her life in general. Carol can be quite a whingey whiner but her struggles are real and you cannot help but be pulled into her life. And, heck, aren’t we all a bit pompous and self important within our own internal monologue? On the other hand, Giles is one of those people everyone aspires to be. He is kind, thoughtful and loyal to his friends and family. He is also struggling with issues in his life and deals with them in a completely different way to Carol. At times I found this book a struggle to read. Not because it was awful, but because of the raw emotion the author manages to evoke in the reader. I cried at several points through this book (and once while sitting at the bus stop), but the story was worth every heartrending tear! While I loved this book and it tugged at me emotionally, I found, at times, the characters supporting the two main characters were not given much justice. They appeared as Carol and Giles needed them and then disappeared without consequence afterwards. I really would have liked to see a more personal interaction between the main characters and the supporting ones. Overall, I am giving Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall 4 out of 5 stars. make sure you have the tissues ready though!
lovinglifesm More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book, both heartwarming and heartbreaking. One of the best books I have read in a long time. It gives you pause for reflection on your own life.
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Thats will help a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book; could not put it down. Beautifully well-written. I wish I had known Giles but almost feel I have, indeed, known him after reading this lovely memoir. Kudos to the author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carol Wall has written a candid story -- withholding few of her character deflects, and knitting them together with a blossoming tale of friendship -- cross-cultural, perhaps, but vibrant and life-changing, and HOPE-full. The context is how she learned to garden, and love the adventure under the tutoring of a master gardener who graciously accepted handicaps and afflictions -- managing to maintain his composure through very tough times. By their friendship and the the associations their two families formed, Carol Wall learned how to accept different but equally harsh things without wilting. It is best summed up by Giles Owita's last words: "In every moment there exists a lifetime. Every day brings something good." It is an charming, convicting, and comforting -- an easy read -- but an unforgettable one.
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