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Reviews of The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden

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Author (1): William Alexander

Hardcopy edition:
Publish date: April 2006
Published by: Algonquin Books
List price: $22.95
ISBN Number: 1565125037

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4 positives
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2 negatives

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Positive emillner On Aug 29, 2007, emillner wrote:

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.

Negative Hyblaean On Aug 9, 2007, Hyblaean wrote:

Second Mizpat- not my version of humor.


On October 25th, 2007, Hyblaean added the following:

In answer to the person above- no, either I commit to killing something or let it go. I wouldn\'t consider it the punchline of a joke in either case. I\'ve got faults ;) but that\'s not one.
Positive cindyeo On Mar 12, 2007, cindyeo wrote:

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.

Positive SlopeySunset On Dec 4, 2006, SlopeySunset wrote:

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.

Negative mizpat On Oct 1, 2006, mizpat wrote:

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.

Positive strawgirl On Sep 8, 2006, strawgirl wrote:

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


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