Olive Season: Amour, a New Life and Olives Too

Olive Season: Amour, a New Life and Olives Too

by Carol Drinkwater

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ISBN-13: 9781841978031
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 06/27/2003
Edition description: Unabridged

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Olive Season 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Countless readers enchanted with Carol Drinkwater's initial memoir 'The Olive Farm' will find themselves similarly captivated with her eagerly awaited follow-up. The candor, humor, sensuality, and gift for the appropriate word, all the qualities we've come to associate with this talented actress/writer are again very much in evidence in her latest offering. 'The Olive Farm' which traces Ms. Drinkwater's passion for an abandoned villa called 'Appassionata' in the south of France, and her even greater passion for Michel, a French film director, allowed many to enter a world of which they could only dream. Despite the dire prognostications of friends she joined her financial resources with Michel's to purchase the villa with hopes of restoring it to former glory and overseeing a profitable olive farm. As 'The Olive Season' opens with yet another marriage proposal from Michel, Ms. Drinkwater cannot quite bring herself to take that step and responds with, 'Only if the King of Tonga marries us.' She underestimates Michel, and their vows are repeated on an island in the South Pacific. It is more than a fairy tale wedding. Upon returning to their villa they happily learn that she is pregnant. She has miscarried several times, and now yearns to have their child. Yet thoughts of impending motherhood must be set aside as pesky boars are once again intruding. Further, the newly marrieds want the much desired Appellation d'Origine Controlee rating for their olive oil, which necessitates an infinite number of bureaucratic forms, inspections, plus an expansion of their farm. The setting of the Cote d'Azur, evenings on their terrace are incomparably beautiful; their work is exhausting. Once again Ms. Drinkwater peppers her narrative with vivid descriptions of lush countrysides as well as historical notes. Readers accompany her to villages that Napoleon once roamed and learn the origins of bamboo, which she is surprised to find near Baremme amidst apple and cherry trees. Bringing her own unique style and perceptions to these descriptive passages Ms. Drinkwater's words fairly sing with verve and rhythm. 'And our poppies in the garden,' she writes, 'so hot is that colour, I hear the heroin cracked voice of a jazz singer, scarlet lips flush against a silver mike, crooning the blues.' Dropping by Cannes for the film festival, the contented couple saunter through the Croisette. This area is described as a haven for swindlers or, in French, for an 'escroc.' Scoundrels abound, seeking out and bilking foreigners who long for a part of the Cote d'Azur. Escroquerie or swindling 'is woven into the fabric of living here,' she opines. 'How could it be otherwise when money is the god? It is the yardstick by which worth is judged and valued.' Visitors come and go at 'Appassionata;' readers will never want to leave. We wish for just a little more time with Ms. Drinkwater, a charming hostess who enchants and delights with her tales. She is a spellbinding contemporary Scharazade who leaves us awaiting another missive from her paradisaical land.
TanyaTomato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second in the trilogy it really lost its flavor, and my interest.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maybe because my expectations were not high, but I found The Olive Season as engaging as its predecessor. In The Olive Season, Carol Drinkwater continues the story of her development of an old olive tree farm in the south of France. Drinkwater marries and soon becomes pregnant. Her pregnancy is difficult, however, and much of the book consists of her worries about pregnancy and writing and her olive farm.
seasidereader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This sequel wasn't as satisfying to me as The Olive Farm. Ms. Drinkwater seemed to meander around topics while working out her demons related to child-bearing, and it occurred to me that there are several characters who, unless highly fictionalized, were likely most unappreciative of her accounts of them.