Viva Mallorca!

Viva Mallorca!

One Mallorcan Autumn

Book - 2005
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Autumn has arrived for the Kerrs on their fruit farm on the island of Mallorca. The year's third season, "winter's spring," finds Peter under the sharp eye of his long-suffering wife, Ellie, struggling to shake off the relaxed Spanish tranquiloness that he has now mastered all too well. Old friendships have been established, and new ones are found as the Kerrs are introduced to Mallorca's "Filthy-Rich Set" and their eyes are opened to just how the other half lives. Mosquito-repellent vinegar baths, delicious Mallorcan food, and with the support from a background cast of dogs, donkeys, geckos, parrots, and canaries, this is an autumn such as they've never known. On top of all this, the vital question for the Kerrs is whether they will win or lose their gamble of starting a new life in the sun. Fortunately, the laughs still outnumber the tears as they look forward to their second year at the orange farm with redoubled--or maybe overly optimistic--enthusiasm.
Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press : 2005
ISBN: 9781592286188
Branch Call Number: 914.675 K465v
Characteristics: 312p illus


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Oct 05, 2013

I confess that I'm an armchair traveler, a student of Spanish and an aficionado of humorous books. So this one scores on all three. Much of the humor comes from the author's conversations with a couple of his elderly quirky neighbors. One is an old (macho) man who spouts off about his virility. Another funny conversation happens when Kerr's wife says "hígado", which wasn't what she meant. This is the 3rd book in Kerr's trilogy about moving his family from Scotland to grow oranges in Mallorca. Not realizing that, I read it first and then read "Snowball Oranges" (the 2nd), which I found somewhat disappointing. "Viva Mallorca!" is among the best in its genre.

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