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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (Jan. 23 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099466678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099466673
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 16.4 x 19.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #418,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
cultivating one's garden May 13 2006
By Beckett - Published on
Format: Paperback
The price of water in Finistere is a book with dimensions from here to paradise. It can be read or eaten, or both.

I have read it as a manifest for breaking up, as an inspirig script for gardening, as an historical book and what not.

Bodil Malmsten has the gift of putting a glimpse of eternity in the everyday life. The language itself is a glimpse of eternity - the way she spellbounds the reader by using no other word but that which is just perfect. Her way of making a sentence by putting together the words you never thought you would see in the same context simply makes every second of reading an adventure.

Bodil M invites the reader into her private room without getting sentimental. She will laugh with you, cry with you - she even yells at you but never without blaming herself first and foremost. This is a book about what it is to be human, but without the scholarcrap. Read and proceed, cultivate your garden with The price of water in Finistere.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A welcome new voice to these shores May 11 2006
By Stuart Klipper - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a lovely piece of work. A wise and lively book filled with both verve and insight. The writer is a mature woman with an idiosyncratic ?lan who retains a girlish vivacity and whimsy. Her insights and observations are both fine and fun, serious and serendipitous. She tells about her two homes; the one she hails, and the one where she's staked a new claim -- one that made her who she is, and the other she is making her own. Her mounting passion for gardening and how she recounts her progress -- or lack thereof -- offers a full dollop of wonderful lagniappe. Her politics are honestly rendered; she is not out to preach or proselytize, they are just part and parcel of all her other wherewithal.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If one is good, two is better Jan. 5 2007
By A. Bingham - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It must be pretty good, my wife liked it so much she got a couple more for friends.
Well written but a bit self-obsessed June 4 2014
By bookworm - Published on
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I enjoyed the book, but as a fellow inhabitant of Finistere, would've liked MORE of the region, and LESS of the author. I understand the author's reluctance to turn the book into a mere travelogue, but whilst I found her background interesting, the book didn't conjure up for me the sense of place that would do this beautiful region of Brittany justice.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Price of Water in Finistere March 21 2007
By Ardith E. Butler - Published on
Format: Paperback
A most delightful book. Arrived in good condition and in a timely fashion. Thanks.