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World-ending Fire

Wendell Berry


ISBN: 9780141984131
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Wendell Berry is 'something of an anachronism'. He began his life as the old times and the last of the old-time people were dying out, and continues to this day in the old ways- a team of work horses and a pencil are his preferred working tools. The writings gathered in The World-Ending Fire are the unique product of a life spent farming the fields of rural Kentucky with mules and horses, and of the rich, intimate knowledge of the land cultivated by this work. These are essays written in defiance of the false call to progress, and in defence of the local landscapes that provide our cultural heritage, our history, our home.

Author Biography

'A farmer of sorts and an artist of sorts,' Wendell Berry is the author of more than fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan, and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, and also the T. S. Eliot Award, the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement, and the National Humanities Medal. For more than forty years, he has lived and farmed in his native Henry Country, Kentucky, with his wife, Tanya, and their children and grandchildren.

Review

With a precise pen, Berry clears any thicket of cosy consensus with a clear eye and cutting hand Irish Times Maybe you don't care much about farming, but these essays, which move from food culture to feminism to literacy to global economics, confront the idea that the rotten ways we treat one another are rooted in the rotten ways we treat the land. [...] Berry draws endlessly and non-repetitively on the deep well of the lived truth of farm life, which delivers up sweet, clear lines of poetry and local lore and a kind of immediate authenticity. [...] I believe in the project laid out in The World-Ending Fire, the project of finding our humanity in humility, in living as described in the essay "The Agrarian Standard" as "local adaptation, which requires bringing local nature, local people, local economy, and local culture into a practical and enduring harmony." This is something you can do, something that no government, corporation, church, or law enforcement body can stop you from doing, an action in which you can find some measure of empowerment and freedom for you and your neighbors. It's as easy as planting a tree. -- Dean Kuiper Los Angeles Review of Books The poet laureate of America's farmland Observer A fascinating tribute to the life of the land ... Berry's writings are timelier than ever -- Laura Garmeson Financial Times

Review Text

A fascinating tribute to the life of the land ... Berry's writings are timelier than ever

Promotional "Headline"

Life-changing writings by the visionary farmer, essayist and poet Wendell Berry.

Product Details

Author
Wendell Berry
Pages
368
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year
2018
ISBN-10
0141984139
ISBN-13
9780141984131
Format
Paperback
Media
Book
Publication Date
2018-02-22
Subtitle
The Essential Wendell Berry
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Short Title
The World-Ending Fire
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade