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A Place on Earth
A Place on Earth | Wendell Berry
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Part ribald farce, part lyrical contemplation, Wendell Berry's novel is the story of a place-Port William, Kentucky-the farm lands and forests that surround it, and the river that runs nearby The rhythms of this novel are the rhythms of the land. A Place on Earth resonates with variations played on themes of change; looping transitions from war into peace, winter into spring, browning flood destruction into greening fields, absence into presence, lost into found. This brings the revised 1983 edition back into print, the next book in our program to put all of Wendell Berry's fiction into print in revised and corrected uniform editions.
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paulfrankspencer
A Place on Earth | Wendell Berry
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This book is hard and wholesome as the rural life it displays. Berry understands the rhythms of life and death and how these are inextricably tied with the natural order and human nature. A worthwhile read for anyone who is interested in hearing a little homegrown wisdom.

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paulfrankspencer
A Place on Earth | Wendell Berry

"We belong to each other. After all these years. Doesn't that mean something?"

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"I don't know what it means," he says finally. "I know what it's worth."

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paulfrankspencer
A Place on Earth | Wendell Berry

On Hiroshima being bombed:

"It has seemed to him that the years of violence have at last arrived at what, without his knowing it, they had been headed for, not by any human reason or motive or will but by the logic of violence itself."

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paulfrankspencer
A Place on Earth | Wendell Berry

"And all this worries me. There seems a possibility of pain in it."

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paulfrankspencer
A Place on Earth | Wendell Berry

"She sees now how free he leaves her. His love for her requires nothing of her, not even that she find it useful. He has simply made himself present."

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paulfrankspencer
A Place on Earth | Wendell Berry

"Well, Mat, what I've come about really ain't any of my business. I think it probably ain't any of yours either, really. But the reason I come is that if it ain't our business then it probably won't be anybody's."

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A Place on Earth | Wendell Berry
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#Augustabc #spinepoem
A place on earth,
west of here
normal people,
drinking in America.