I loved it! I often get books about places I hope to visit someday. Since the author was in a very small town and was only renting, it seemed like something I could possibly do someday. As much as fact that it centered around the garden gave it a different focus. Gardeners as well as travel fans can relate & enjoy!
A great tale of Goodman's experience of growing a garden in the south of France; his challenges, his triumphs. He writes well of his experiences he & his Dutch mate encounter with the village people of St. Sebastien.
First, overcoming the challenge of making friendships, his first friendship with Jules. The couple experience winter in southern France, then the blooming of the apricot trees in the spring.
Goodman dreams of a garden. He finds a plot & goes to work. A garden is born after many hours of digging & work.
The book is a great, easy read. Any gardener will enjoy the book. Even if a person isn't a gardener, the reader can enjoy the stories shared by the writer. There is the appearance of perfectly red tomatoes on his plants at exactly the same location. A mystery of sorts. Read on....
French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France by Richard Goodman is short book about a great undertaking in France. American Richard Goodman and his Dutch girlfriend decided to move to a small village in France for one year. The town had a population of 211 people. Not only did this scant number of inhabitants not warrant a movie theater, there was also no post office, no grocery store, no butcher, no gas station. There weren't any stores at all. In the mornings trucks peddling bread, meat, and even shoes came to the town square. That was the highlight of the day. So what did people do for recreation? Well, gardening ranked up there, but not really for recreational purposes. These people took gardening seriously. When Richard had a difficult time making friends, he made a garden. And with his garden slow friendships ultimately developed. This book is not just about the thrill of growing your own vegetables, the miracle of planting seeds, nurturing them, and getting delicious crops at the end of the season. This book takes us to a foreign land with different cultures and lifestyles. It's like a relaxing little vacation while watching Richard do all the hard work in the garden. I really liked the book. Read other reviews at http://readinginthegarden.blogspot.com