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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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The dogs hear it in the distance before I do, and so do the horses, a dry dislocated thump, thunder from far away. One moment there's no wind, the air still and damp. The next moment the wind is turning corners where there aren't any, lifting and coiling the barnyard dust. Wind flails the leaves on the sugar maples, revealing their silver undersides. It scatters spent hickory flowers in drifts. The sky blackens, and I can almost hear rain begin. But then the wind drops and the front unravels over the western ridge, where the weather comes from. Blue sky intervenes. A clear night threatens once again, Venus hanging peaceful in the dusk.

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Klinkenborg, Verlyn
Back Bay Books
Country life
Natural history
Personal Memoirs
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8.74x6.22x.83 in. .77 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316741675 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Rural Life is not only a rich and evocative pastoral pilgrimage, it is a national treasure, for it reminds us of the essential place of nature in our increasingly urban lives. Verlyn Klinkenborg is our modern Thoreau."
"Review" by , "Verlyn Klinkenborg has a singular affinity for the natural world and because he is such an accomplished writer... he is able to convey its more delicate rhythms and patterns and mysteries to the rest of us."
"Review" by , "At once lyrical and down to earth, The Rural Life brilliantly takes the reader to the very heart of living in the country, and to the peace and constant surprises it offers." Michael Korda, author of Country Matters: The Pleasures and Tribulations of Moving From a Big City to an Old Country Farmhouse
"Review" by , "As one who readily?and greedily?devours Verlyn Klinkenborg's columns in The New York Times, his new book, The Rural Life, is a joy. There is no journalist who surpasses his liquid prose, which he offers with such ease and fluency. He ought to be put under glass to preserve for the ages."
"Review" by , "Verlyn Klinkenborg has a poetic vision of farm chores and a gardener?s obsession with the weather. He now takes his place among the best American writers about the natural world?up there with Thomas Jefferson, Katherine White, and even Wendell Berry."
"Review" by , "It's tempting to compare rural writer Verlyn Klinkenborg to pillars of American literature such as Robert Frost and Henry Thoreau. But Klinkenborg uses language with such mastery and has such a unique style that these comparisons may not do him full justice."
"Review" by , "Nothing in the prose is accidental, and the deliberate, finely hewn sentences convey, above all else, the seriousness with which Klinkenborg takes the task of watching the world around him. A heady meditation on our relationship to nature, echoing the works of the transcendentalists Thoreau and Emerson, the writing is much closer to poetry than essay."
"Review" by , "Captivating, subtle, and splendid...Nonfiction storytelling at its highest: unflaggingly lovely, with scope, profundity, and power achieved through a mastering of the delicate."
"Review" by , "Klinkenborg's writing serves a sheltering purpose: it's like briefly stepping out of a Great Plains gale and into the wind shadow of a butte. Yet ''escape'' seems the wrong word to describe what his work offers: it reveals to us another kind of worldliness that, in its own way, is inescapably eventful...."
"Synopsis" by , This is a collection of Klinkenborg's writings on the natural world and the changing seasons which appear frequently in a column entitled "The Rural Life" on the editorial page of the "New York Times."
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