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Old Herbaceous (1951)
by Reginald Arkell
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Heartfelt, quick read about an old man looking back over his life as head gardener at an English manor house during the Victorian era, the Edwardian era, and two world wars, as well as the comradeship he has with the lady of the house. Very touching. ( )
I could read this once a year - and happily - touches my heart in all the best ways
not sure where I bought this - Borders bookmark inside - perhaps while I worked there?
Well this one is just a cozy read that hit me in just the right way.
Spanning from the late 1800's through the end of WWII, this is the story of a manor house's head gardener, from his inauspicious beginnings as a foundling through to his last days.
I'm left confused about the narrator: for much of the story it feels like you're listening to Old Herbaceous himself telling his story as he looks back; in fact I'm sure it is him. But there are moments of omniscient third person: the narrator lets the reader in on conversations and the internal dialogues of secondary characters that Old Herbaceous couldn't know about. It flows well if you don't focus too hard on it; it didn't throw me out of the story so much as just slow me down a little bit.
This was the perfect book for a cold, rainy do-nothing kind of day, and I closed the book smiling.
Witty comic portrait of the career of a head gardener long ago at a Manor house in England. Comfortabe as a pair of old gardening gloves. Particulary liked the love/hate relationship with lawns and gardening in general.
A lovely book to fall into and come out refreshed.
A time long gone but nice to visit.
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Selezione del Libro contiene: La signora e il giardiniere - Matador - Digby - Prigionieri del cielo by Reader's Digest
Back in print after fifty years Old Herbaceous is a classic British novel of the garden, with a title character as outsized and unforgettable as P. G. Wodehouse's immortal butler, Jeeves. Born at the dusk of the Victorian era, Bert Pinnegar, an awkward orphan child with one leg a tad longer than the other, rises from inauspicious schoolboy days spent picking wildflowers and dodging angry farmers to become the legendary head gardener "Old Herbaceous," the most esteemed flower-show judge in the county and a famed horticultural wizard capable of producing dazzling April strawberries from the greenhouse and the exact morning glories his Lady spies on the French Riviera, "so blue, so blue it positively hurts." Sprinkled with nuggets of gardening wisdom, Old Herbaceous is a witty comic portrait of the most archetypal--and crotchety--head gardener ever to plant a row of bulbs at a British country house. This Modern Library edition is published with a new Introduction by Penelope Hobhouse, a renowned garden designer and lecturer and the author of numerous gardening books.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)823.912Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 1901-1999 1901-1945
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