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I laughed out loud at this book. I would read passages to my wife so she would not think I was losing my mind laughing so much.
In respectful response to the negative comments below, I took the passages about the have-a-heart trap and the opossum not so much as the author's justification of his actions, but as a self-indictment on their absurdity, all in the name of a decent tomato. I can't help but ask what I would have done under the circumstances. Can you say that the fear of a rabid animal would not have caused you more than a little delay in deciding what to do? I certainly cannot say for sure.
Overall, I found this to be a satisfying read. It is one I would even recommend to non-gardeners.
I loved this book. It reminded me of my dad and his have-a-heart trap struggles when I was a teenager, and also of me and my woodchuck-proofing follies when I started my own garden. I gave this book to several gardening friends for Christmas, anyone who has attempted to garden will find a part of themselves in this book. I was laughing out loud.
This is a very amusing memoir about an obsessed gardener and his family. I've heard William Alexander interviewed on the radio and he's a funny guy. They live in Cornwall NY (Orange County), coincidentally the home of an award-winning Garden Club and a couple of real farms outside of NYC. Gotta feel bad for that opossum, through.
I'm sorry, this author lost me with his tale of trying to kill a trapped opossum by leaving it die of dehydration and exposure, still trapped in the cage, for three days. As I read, I realized that I wouldn't like this author at all. Parts of the book are humorous, yes, but not funny enough to counteract his obvious lack of empathy for other living creatures.
Hilarious. If a TV network did a gardening reality show, this is what they might end up with. Alexander may seem a little unhinged at times, but he never gives up his quest for a good tomato, fighting deer, groundhogs, his neighbors, and mostly himself. You'll laugh aloud on every page.
A must-read for any passionate gardener, and a Quill Book Award finalist