Synopses & Reviews
Wendell Berry identifies himself as both a farmer of sorts and an artist of sorts,” which he deftly illustrates in the scope of these 22 essays. Ranging from Americas insatiable consumerism and household economies to literary subjects and Americas attitude toward waste, Berry gracefully navigates from one topic to the next. He speaks candidly about the ills plaguing America and the growing gap between people and the land. Despite the somber nature of these essays, Berrys voice and prose provide an underlying sense of faith and hope. He frames his reflections with poetic responsibility, standing up as a firm believer in the power of the human race not only to fix its past mistakes but to build a future that will provide a better life for all.
Praise for Wendell Berry
Wherever we live, however we do so, we desperately need a prophet of responsibility; and although the days of the prophets seem past to many of us, Berry may be the closest to one we have. But, fortunately, he is also a poet of responsibility. He makes one believe that the good life may not only be harder than what were used to but sweeter as well.” The New York Review of Books
He is . . . the prophetic American voice of our day.” Christian Science Monitor
Whether suggesting standards for technical innovation or pointing to the ruinous effects of what has become everyday practice, Berry speaks bravely against thoughtlessness, measuring every word as he leads the way toward balancing our currently out-of-kilter society.