Manana, Manana : One Mallorcan Summer Paperback
by Peter Kerr
Part of the Peter Kerr series
Having battled and succumbed to the manana pace of rural Mallorca, spring sees Peter Kerr and family relaxing into a supposedly simpler way of life, growing oranges on their little valley farm, Ca's Mayoral.
However, even after the trials, tribulations and triumphs of their initiation, Spain has not yet finished with them.
Embarrassing subtleties of the language, brushes with the local police, the unfortunate outcome of a drinking session ...surprises are aplenty to test the resolve, stamina and, perhaps more importantly, the sense of humour of this venturesome (some would say foolhardy) emigre family.
Their eccentric and colourful new friends are always on hand to help out - for better or worse - and add spice to this engaging account of tranquilo life from the author of Snowball Oranges.
All the charm of Mallorca: where you seldom do today what can be more judiciously put off till manana!
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- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
- Publication Date: 03/07/2001
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9781840241631
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Review by tututhefirst
I listened to the audio of this book while packing for our upcoming trip (packing takes two hands) and was instantly transported to the land of manana. Peter Kerr's story of a couple from Scotland who purchase a rundown orange orchard on Mallorca, and uproot themselves and two teenage sons is amusing, and at the same time, rather inspiring. I admire someone who has the courage in mid-life to decide to give up a big riding deisel tractor, and revert to plowing behind a push-tractor. The advise from the local tree pruners, and donkey dung collectors, while probably excellent horticulturally, is related in Kerr's normal hilarious, tongue-in-cheek style.There are the usual stories that one finds in any book about ex-pats living in a foreign land- the language gaffes, the strange foods, the different customs, dealings with police etc. I got a good flavor of the Mediterranean.