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Read online A Continuous Harmony: Essays Cultural and Agricultural.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC A Continuous Harmony: Essays Cultural and Agricultural The title of this book is taken from an account by Thomas F Hornbein on his travels in the Himalayas It seemed to me Horenbein wrote that here man lived in continuous harmony with the land as much as briefly a part of it as all its other occupants Wendell Berry s second collection of essays i A Continuous Harmony i was first published in and includes the seminal Think Little which was printed in i The Last Whole Earth Catalogue i and reprinted around the globe and the splendid centerpiece Discipline and Hope an insightful and articulate essay making a case for what he calls a new middle by Wendell Berry

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A Continuous Harmony: Essays Cultural and Agricultural
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In this new collection of essays Wendell Berry continues his work as one of America s most necessary social commentators With wisdom and clear ringing prose he tackles head on some of the most difficult problems which face us as we near the end of the twentieth century br br Berry begins the title essay with the Anita Hill Clarence Thomas hearings as an example of a process that has been well established and well respected for at least two hundred years the process of community disintegration Community a locally understood interdependence of local people local culture local economy and local nature bound by trust and affection is being destroyed by the desires and ambitions of both private and public life which for want of the intervention of community interests are also destroying one another br br He then moves on to elucidate connections between sexual brutality and economic brutality and the role of art and free speech Berry forcefully addresses America s unabashed pursuit of self liberation which he says is still the strongest force now operating in our society As individuals turn away from their community they conform to a rootless and placeless monoculture of commercial expectations and products buying into the very economic system which is destroying the earth our communities and all they represent br br Throughout the book Berry asks What is appropriate What is worth conserving from our past and preserving in our present What is it to be human and truly connected to others What does it mean to be free, From the simple setting of his own barber shop Jayber Crow orphan seminarian and native of Port William recalls his life and the life of his community as it spends itself in the middle of the twentieth century Surrounded by his friends and neighbors he is both participant and witness as the community attempts to transcend its own decline And meanwhile Jayber learns the art of devotion and that a faithful love is its own reward, Berry richly evokes Port William s farmlands and hamlets and his characters are fiercely individual yet mutually protective in everything they do His sentences are exquisitely constructed suggesting the cyclic rhythms of his agrarian world New York Times Book Review, Since its original publication in The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters In it Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline But today s agribusiness takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families and as a nation we are thus more estranged from the land from the intimate knowledge love and care of it Sadly as Berry notes in this edition his arguments and observations are even more relevant than ever We continue to suffer loss of community the devaluation of human work and the destruction of nature under an economics dedicated to the mechanistic pursuit of products and profits Although this book has not had the happy fate of being proved wrong Berry writes there are good people working to make something comely and enduring of our life on this earth Wendell Berry is one of those people writing and working as ever with passion eloquence and conviction