The Olive Tree by Carol Drinkwater

The Olive Tree

In 2002, Carol Drinkwater published her memoir of finding a new life and career when she purchased an olive farm in France.  It was a wonderful book, and subsequently, the author wrote several follow-ups about her farm and life in France.  With The Olive Tree, Drinkwater journeys around the Mediterranean, searching for the origins and new information/stories about the olive tree itself.

I enjoyed this book immensely.  Not only was this a charming travelogue, with visits to far flung places and interesting people, but Carol Drinkwater managed to make her interest in olive farming fascinating to me.  There were many times I feared for her, a lone woman traveling in Spain, the Middle East and Italy.  There were many times I envied her – savoring the food and the culture of these exotic locales.  I was amazed that she stumbled upon a 3,000 year old olive tree, and I was interested in the effects of climate and modern business practices upon the end product – that bottle of extra virgin olive oil that made it’s way to my kitchen.  But the trip was a harsh one, and I was glad she enabled me to come along without the struggles she endured.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who like to armchair travel with a taste for learning.

4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2009
434 pages

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