Book Reviews of Driving Over Lemons : An Optimist in Spain (Vintage Departures)

Driving Over Lemons : An Optimist in Spain (Vintage Departures)
Driving Over Lemons An Optimist in Spain - Vintage Departures
Author: Chris Stewart
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ISBN-13: 9780375709159
ISBN-10: 0375709150
Publication Date: 5/8/2001
Pages: 272
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 30 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved this funny and warm tale of an English family settling in an old, about to fall down, farm in Spain. The tales of the neighbors are touching and very amusing too. Its been a while since I read this, but the author is a famous guitar player from the 70's, if i recall correctly. A very good read.
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This was a mildly amusing look at an English couple who moved to a farm in rural Spain. The other inhabitants are well described and portrayed.

That said, I wasn't really pulled into the book. I didn't find the author that appealing of a narrator and I didn't feel like I got to know any of the other characters. It was more of a play-by-play than a nicely wove tale. It wasn't bad, but I didn't feel like I'd been on their farm or actually met any of the various people or even had a sense for what they went through. There was nothing bad, there just wasn't anything compelling either.
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I delighted in this book; the anti-thesis of "My Year in Provence". One wonders why anyone would make the choices the author did, yet has to admire his family's perseverance.
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This story was hard for me to get involved in at the beginning but it is funny and affectionate. It is a relaxing story and great read. Different story.
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I really enjoyed reading this book, I had a hard time putting it down. It wasn't over the top exciting, but it introduced me to a world and a lifestyle I could only hope to be brave enough to experience. An unexpected, great read. Enjoy!
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This is an entertaining and humorous memoir of a British writer who decides on a whim to move to the Middle of Nowhere, Spain.
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If you are thinking of moving to Spain or Just visiting this is a must read.
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Author (formerly of the band Genesis) and his wife take up farming in Spain.
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This is a delightful book, especially, if you've traveled to Spain.
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This was an interesting and sensitive account of a couple of British expats creating a home for themselves in a small Andalusian town. My only complaint is that the ending was VERY abrupt.
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I was enchanted by this story describing one family's experiences while remodelling an ancient farmhouse in Spain, and their relationships with the locals. A great read !!
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Book type: Softcover
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This book is not hardcover, but the paperback ISBN on the back would not come up-cover is the same.