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From the author of The Physician and Shaman now comes this story of a young man—the grapes he grows, the wine he fashions, the women he loves, and his struggle against an evil that seeks to destroy him. Already an international bestseller.
Josep Alvarez is a young man in the tiny grape-growing village of Santa Eulália, in northern Spain, where his father grows black grapes that are turned into cheap vinegar. Joseph loves the agricultural life, but he is the second son, and his father’s vineyard will be inherited by his brother Donat, the firstborn. Josep needs to keep his hands in the soil. He yearns for a job growing grapes and for an opportunity to marry Teresa Gallego.
In Madrid, an assassination plot, conceived against the political leader of Spain by men of wealth and power, creates a storm of intrigue that sucks into its vortex a group of innocent young farm workers in Santa Eulália. How Josep’s life is changed drastically by these events, and how, ironically, they gradually turn him into an inspired vintner with an evolving vision of life, is the fascinating story of The Winemaker .
|Publisher:||Open Road Integrated Media LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Noah Gordon has had outstanding international success . The Physician , soon to be a motion picture, has been called a modern classic, and booksellers at the Madrid Book Fair voted it “one of the 10 best-loved books of all time.” Shaman was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. Both of these books, and five of the author’s other novels— The Rabbi, The Death Committee, The Jerusalem Diamond, Matters of Choice, and The Winemaker —are published in digital formats by Barcelona eBooks and Open Road Integrated Media. Gordon’s novel, The Last Jew , will also be published digitally in the near future. He lives outside of Boston with his wife, Lorraine Gordon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Josep Alvarez might be called a self-made man, but that appellation would be missing the essence of his visionary nature. Initially, he is a young boy trying in any way he can to get employment for his family, suffering devastating poverty and famine as their wine-making business is failing. Civil War is tearing Spain apart in the early days of the 20th century. As a very young man, Josep tries out to be a soldier but he's not sure on which side he's being tested for. A grim training officer is taking Josep and his few friends through a grueling program involving physical stamina, guts, sharp shooter skills, etc. Finally, Josep and all of his friends are chosen to participate in a secret mission that will make Spain reel and even though only an observer will make Josep look over his shoulder for years and years to come! Escaping to France, Josep becomes an employee of a wine-grower who teaches him the "art" of growing fine grapes and producing finer wine than any produced in Spain. That apprenticeship ends when Josep learns of the death of his father and he returns to mourn the loss of his parents and confront a brother who has nothing but acts like rich prince! To say more would spoil the essence of this wonderful story! Suffice to say, the reader will work fields with Josep, woo a love, work to have restored trust by neighbors and even eventually respect, and so much more. This is a lovely story that has plenty of conflict and struggle but that same tension seems to seamlessly weave its way through the story instead of being deliberately hammered on the reader as well as the characters. Noah Gordon continues to demonstrate a versatility and diversity of subjects and characters in his fiction that is the mark of a truly great writer! Any book by him, including this literate tale, is a must read!!!
As a gardener, I got a kick out of the story of how he improved his grape farm.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book
Interesting story, but a bit slowly paced.
I've enjoyed every Noah Gordon book I've read, and this was no exception. I like his character development, and the details of daily life he introduces to capture the time and culture. I recommend this author and this book!
This is one of my favorite authors and I knew this book would be good. And it is. It is about making wine in the 1700's in Spain.Just the telling of what living in the 1700's is like is interesting.