On the perimeter of Israel’s Jezreel Valley, with the Carmel mountains rising up in the west, Meir Shalev has a beloved garden, “neither neatly organized nor well kept,” as he cheerfully explains. Often covered in mud and scrapes, Shalev cultivates both nomadic plants and “house dwellers,” using his own quirky techniques. He extolls the virtues of the lemon tree, rescues a precious variety of purple snapdragon from the Jerusalem–Tel Aviv highway, and does battle with a saboteur mole rat. He even gives us his superior private recipe for curing olives. Informed by Shalev’s literary sensibility, his sometime riotous humor, and his deep curiosity about the land, My Wild Garden abounds with appreciation for the joy of living, quite literally, on Earth. Our borrowed time on any particular patch of it is enhanced, the author reminds us, by our honest, respectful dealings with all manner of beings who inhabit it with us.Jacket art by Refaella Shir
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"This audiobook, essentially a love letter to gardening, wends its way through foliage and flowers with a sweet, affectionate tone, thanks to Arthur Morey's genuine narration. With a unique texture to his tone, Morey treats this very specific subject matter with a warmth that transcends mere reflection and allows the listener to consider larger, more personal connections with nature and its inhabitants. There is a gentle gruffness to Morey's timbre that, paired with a consistent pace, lulls one into the center of rich descriptions and creates a hypnotic effect. Yes, this is a very specialized topic for an audiobook and, yes, the details can be esoteric, but the affection for beauty and all living things is universal, and Morey's delivery amplifies that love. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"
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