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TitleThe Gift of Good Land
AuthorWendell Berry
ISBN0865470529
ImprintWendell Berry Ltd
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Sales rank4.5
LanguageEnglish
FormatPaperback
Pages286

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In the twenty four essays of this collection, Well Berry stresses the carefully modulated harmonics of indivisibility in culture and agriculture, the interdepence, the wholeness, the oneness, of man, animals, the land, the weather, and the family To touch one, he shows, is to tamper with them all.Here he continues issues first raised in The Unsettling of America the problems addressed there are still with us and the solutions no nearer to hand, Mr Berry writes of his journeys to the highlands of Peru, the deserts of southern Arizona, and the Amish country to study traditional agricultural practices He writes of homesteading, tools and their uses, horses and tractors, family work, land reclamation, diversified land use.In the title essay Mr Berry draws parallels between the Christian notion of stewardship and the Buddhist doctrine of right livelihood He develops the compelling argument that the gift of good land has strings attached the recipient has it only as long as he practices responsible stewardship.

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Joe

The Gift of Good Land By Wendell Berry

I am not really finished reading this book, since I need to return to and reconsider so many of the essays in it They are so wise, in their valuing of earth keeping work, and so well written, so attentive to the craft of prose.When I was younger, Berry struck me as somewhat hectoring in tone, remote... (Sign in to see more)


Cheryl Gatling

The Gift of Good Land By Wendell Berry

I was aware of Wendell Berry as a poet, but not as an advocate of sustainable agriculture When quotes from Wendell Berry kept showing up in the form of memes on my computer, I decided to look into this other side of this multifaceted man, and see what he had to say.What Wendell Berry has to say is t... (Sign in to see more)


Dnicebear

The Gift of Good Land By Wendell Berry

This book remains on my shelves as one I got in 1986, and I want to save for re reading and reference I m especially enjoying re reading the 24th essay in which Berry works toward some sort of this worldly aspect of Biblical thought, particularly drawing from a part of the Bible I m reading now alon... (Sign in to see more)


Bobbettylou

The Gift of Good Land By Wendell Berry

Most of the essays in this book are memorable, quotable and just plain good Down to earth, you might say The final one, the Gift of Good Land is classic.


J Crossley

The Gift of Good Land By Wendell Berry

In The Gift of Good Land, Wendell Berry explains the value of healthy farmland He expresses concern over what the current big farm agricultural methods are doing to the land While a farm may seem far from your area of concern, it affects the very basics of life If there is no food, there is no life ... (Sign in to see more)


Jordan Kinsey

The Gift of Good Land By Wendell Berry

Reading so much Berry recently has done me immeasurable good.


Stephen

The Gift of Good Land By Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry is a philosopher, poet, and , but before all else he is a farmer He is a faithful son of Kentucky devoted to the land, to the stewardship of the Earth, to the obedience to the first commandment given in his religious tradition to dress and keep the garden Berry has produced other colle... (Sign in to see more)


John

The Gift of Good Land By Wendell Berry

The Gift of Good Land collects a number of essays from the late 70s and early 80s, as the sub title says, Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural The heart of this collection is Wendell Berry s analysis of American culture through the lens of its connection or lack thereof to the land Berry favors ... (Sign in to see more)


Matt

The Gift of Good Land By Wendell Berry

Written decades prior to Omnivore s Dilemma, this collection of essays sounds many of the same notes, but does so much from the heart and with clear anger at the multitude of detrimental effects associated with agribusiness.Favorite quotes It is the rule, I think, that we often romanticize what we ... (Sign in to see more)


Catherine Meng

The Gift of Good Land By Wendell Berry

I want to suggest that it may be impossible to defend the small farm by itself or for its own sake The small farm cannot be developed like a product or a program Like a household, it is a human organism, and has its origin in both nature and culture Its justification is not only agricultural, but is... (Sign in to see more)


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