By Wendell Berry
Half ribald farce, half lyrical contemplation, Wendell Berry's novel is the tale of a place-Port William, Kentucky-the farm lands and forests that encompass it, and the river that runs close by. The rhythms of this novel are the rhythms of the land. a spot in the world resonates with adaptations performed on subject matters of swap; looping transitions from warfare into peace, iciness into spring, browning flood destruction into greening fields, absence into presence, misplaced into chanced on. This brings the revised 1983 variation again into print, the following booklet in our application to place all of Wendell Berry's fiction into print in revised and corrected uniform variants.
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All you do is go to heaven and come back with the word of God, and we’re supposed to believe as gospel every stupid thing you write down, like some—” He gestured, tic-like, his big frame shuddering under his blue cotton shirt. ” Pete glowered at him. “If they’ve got weapons designs up there—” He jerked his thumb vaguely toward the ceiling of the office, as if, during his trance-states, Lars literally rose. “Science ought to investigate you. ” “Fairy,” Lars said. “Okay, maybe you’re not a fairy.
To reshuffle your picturesque language that goat’s horse Nitz has not got my ass. So are you satisfied? ” Pete said, “They can groom replacements for you for fifty years and not come up with anyone like you. I knew Wade. He was okay but he wasn’t in the same league as you. No one is. ” “It’s nice of you,” Lars began, but Pete cut him savagely off. “Nice—schnut! ” “No,” Lars agreed. ” Fumbling in his shirt pocket Pete brought out a cheap, drugstore-style cigar. He lit up, puffed its noxious fumes until the office dissolved and reeked.