- Taschenbuch: 340 Seiten
- Verlag: Barcelona ed (4. September 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1453271090
- ISBN-13: 978-1453271094
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 0,1 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 76.773 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Winemaker (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. September 2012
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"Conciseness is Gordon's greatest skill. He unfolds a plot branching out far, until a panoramic view of a world past emerges--as vivid as the great realistical novels of the 19th century." --"Welt am Sonntag "(Germany)
"So suspenseful that you cannot put it down." --"Leipziger Volkszeitung "(Germany)
"Gordon's healthy obsession with research, his ability to create extremely realistic characters, and that innate literary talent of his for which there's no explanation are certain to make this book another best seller." --"Elle Magazine "(Spain)
"A wonderful book. Enjoy it with a good bottle of wine." --"Bucher "(Germany)
Conciseness is Gordon s greatest skill. He unfolds a plot branching out far, until a panoramic view of a world past emerges as vivid as the great realistical novels of the 19th century. "Welt am Sonntag "(Germany)
So suspenseful that you cannot put it down. "Leipziger Volkszeitung "(Germany)
"Gordon's healthy obsession with research, his ability to create extremely realistic characters, and that innate literary talent of his for which there's no explanation are certain to make this book another best seller." "Elle Magazine "(Spain)
A wonderful book. Enjoy it with a good bottle of wine. "Bucher "(Germany)
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Noah Gordon has had outstanding international success." The Physician," soon to be a motion picture, has been called a modern classic, and booksellers at the Madrid Book Fair voted it one of the 10 best-loved books of all time. "Shaman" was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. Both of these books, and five of the author s other novels "The Rabbi, The Death Committee, The Jerusalem Diamond, Matters of Choice, "and "The Winemaker" are published in digital formats by Barcelona eBooks and Open Road Integrated Media. Gordon s novel, "The Last Jew," will also be published digitally in the near future. He lives outside of Boston with his wife, Lorraine Gordon."
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Die Geschichte ist schnell in einem Satz zusammengefasst: ein junger Mann, Anfang zwanzig sucht sich seinen Platz in der Welt.
Hört sich wenig spektakulär an und spektakulär ist dieses Buch auch nicht. Und doch konnte ich es selbst bei der zweiten Lektüre nicht mehr aus der Hand legen. Die Story ist ruhig, aber plätschert nicht vor sich hin. Sie zieht einen in ihren Bann und dramatische Wendungen finden mehr auf emotionaler Ebene statt und bedienen sich nicht des sonst gerne genommenen Szenarios der Gefahr für Leib und Leben.
The Winemaker - oder Der Katalane - ist eine Geschichte vom Ankommen, vom Erwachsenwerden und davon, dass die Vergangenheit die eigene Zukunft nur bedingt bestimmt.
Und es bleibt ein Mysterium warum die einen den Status-Quo verwalten und die anderen es nicht lassen können, "zu verbessern".
Es bleibt zu hoffen, dass durch Bücher wie diese mehr Leute diesen inneren Antrieb spüren, über sich hinaus zu wachsen!
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After four years working in the vineyard and barrel room of a vintner in Languedoc, Josep Alvarez has developed an appreciation of fine wine that he could never have imagined growing up on his father's farm in Catalonia, where grapes are grown to produce vinegar and wine that tastes like horse urine. When he learns that his father has died, Josep decides to return home for the first time since 1870. He discovers that his brother, Donat, wants to sell the farm. Josep buys it and settles in, content to own "a slice of Spain" and hoping to use the knowledge he acquired in France to revitalize the neglected vineyard. Climbing a hill on the property and discovering hundred year old Garnacha vines, he begins to wonder whether it might be possible to produce grapes suitable for something more palatable than vinegar.
After these scene-setting chapters, the novel backtracks to explain why Josep left Spain and how he struggled to make his way into the world. It then returns to the present as Josep pursues his new life as a winemaker. The last section completes a journey of self-discovery as Josep learns to embrace the pleasures of a simple life while resisting his neighbors' urges to be satisfied with its limitations.
While there is satisfying drama in the growing of grapes, Noah Gordon finds things for Josep to do that heighten the story's tension, from chasing a wild boar to the odd but dangerous sport of castell-building. Josep owes a debt to his brother that creates family discord. Even the mysterious relationship between Josep's neighboring farmer and the village priest adds dramatic interest to the story. When Josep's brief militia experience comes back to threaten him toward the novel's end, the story gains a layer of political intrigue without devolving into a cheap thriller. It also becomes a tale of turmoil as Josep realizes that he was manipulated by a friend.
The Winemaker is a novel of relationships and personal growth rather than action and suspense. Gordon also wedges in a love story, as Josep pursues romance (and/or sex) in a village where options are severely limited. Gordon captures the place and time in his vibrant descriptions of mills and barrel makers and horse-drawn carts. He convincingly recreates sleepy, gossipy village life. The Winemaker treats readers to a brief history of Spanish land reform and civil strife during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Of greater significance to wine lovers, the novel provides a unique glimpse of winemaking on a small nineteenth century Spanish farm. Gordon writes lovingly of the hardships of winemakers who are at the mercy of weather, pests, rotting vats and fickle soils. The description of the final stages of wine production -- the experimentation required to produce the perfect blend of varietals -- is fascinating. Wine lovers will certainly admire this novel, but I think most fans of character-driven fiction will enjoy it as well.
The description mentions a political angle to the story which I was a little worried about, as I don't like political intrigues. Luckily, this was only a very small part of the book and served merely to give Josep a history that may come to find him later on in the story.
The story has this friendly, amiable feel similar to that in The Physician (which is one of those books that is eternally in my re-read loop). It reminded me to quite a large extend, in terms of general feel, of The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani. That book starts off in Italy rather than Spain and takes place a little later (1910s rather than 1870s). Also, in Trigiani's book, the story moves to the big city, New York, and later small town America, while The Winemaker takes place mainly in Northern Spain, in a small village.
Even so, these are books about genuine, hardworking people, that struggle through adversity but that deserve a better life than they have. That makes them very satisfactory stories.
The Winemaker follows Josep through a few years of his life, trying to make a living as a vineyard owner. Starting off on his own on his family's vineyard with a debt to his brother, he gains more and more friends and business connections to help him fulfill his dream of successfully running the vineyard. No need to have a special interest in wines or vineyard to appreciate this book.
I'd give this 3Stars.