Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Book Club...and I'm late with this book. Is there a fine?

Mr. Owita's Guide to Gardening is not a book I would have ever chosen for myself. 

But my eighty year-old mom?  She chose it for me.

I think this may have been one of her old-lady book club selections, but I'm not sure.  What I AM sure of is that she has written inside the flyleaf ,"Beth, Spring 2014. A lovely book."  And I felt a little sad because her once-beautiful script is shaky, which happens I guess.

As I get older, I have less patience with books that don't hold my attention.  I will say (to the cats), "this is crap!" and maybe even throw the book a little, in a dramatic way.  Or lay it down, whichever.  And I really wanted to do that with this book.  But I kept remembering the shaky handwriting in the front "A lovely book."

Not like this.  This is not dramatic enough.  But this is all I could find.

This book is slow-going at the beginning.  Carol wants to get rid of her overgrown azaleas, while her gardener, Mr. Owita, wants to save them.  And being a gardener (sort of), I understood them both.  I have saved azaleas at one house and yanked them out at another.  I have had to tear up seventy year-old boxwoods, not because I didn't like them, but because they had been neglected too long. 

I understand the use of metaphor, too.

Because it all boils down to this: some things are just not worth saving.  But most things are.

In the end, I too found this "A lovely book."

Join my co-readers to find out what they think:
Cassie,  Katie, Carmel, and Brenda.


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

very true- a lovely book. that's a good way to put it. i felt the same in the beginning- it took some time, but then i started to love giles. :)

Art and Sand said...

Well, you have me intrigued.

You could be as dramatic as Edith in throwing books, but then you might burn down Brandywine. Of course, if one of your servants noticed the fire you would be okay.

Andrea said...

I love that you stuck with it...and the reason why.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

I took a pass on this book when it was recommended to me...maybe I should give it another look?

Feral Turtle said...

Oh to have the climate to grow azaleas! sigh!!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I think I'll pass. If I get really curious I'll give you a call. :-D

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

I love it when you end up enjoying a book you initially didn't think you would. :)
xo Heidi

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

May be a good book for my mom or dad the Gardner. Thanks for the info.

Carmel - Our Fifth House said...

I felt the same.....so slow in the beginning but glad I kept reading.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I'm always looking for a good read but for me I am wondering how long does it take to "get into it"?! If I know it is fairly soon I will hang in. Sounds lovely though!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

In the old days I finished every book I started. These days, not so much. A book probably has to be more than Lovely to keep my attention now that I'm older.

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