A Taste of Northern Germany: Background information when reading The Taste of Apple Seeds

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The Taste of Apple Seeds

by Katharina Hagena

The Taste of Apple Seeds
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    Feb 2014, 256 pages
    Feb 2014, 256 pages

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A Taste of Northern Germany

Map of Lower SaxonyKatharina Hagena has set The Taste of Apple Seeds in a rural corner of northwest Germany, in the fictional farming village of Bootshaven. Geographical clues in the novel place Bootshaven in the state of Lower Saxony, in the North German plain region south of Hamburg and north of Bremen. It's a terrain not unlike the low-lying plains of neighboring Holland. The land is flat and fertile, with sand beneath a layer of peaty loam. Hagena calls it a "rain-soaked" place, full of rivers, lakes, canals, locks, and millponds.

Windmill of Jork BorstelbyThe architectural heritage of the region includes a smattering of Dutch-style windmills, one of which makes it into the book as a museum. The historic farmhouses of the region are lovely to look at and have a long pedigree, with half-timbering and thatched roofs in a style that dates back to medieval times. Hagena doesn't specify the age of Iris's house (only that it's "old"), but the kitchen has a stone floor and a door to the barn. Many antique ...

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