Thursday, December 11, 2008

First Person Rural

If I were looking for a book to give someone with agrarian sympathies, I'd give him Noel Perrin's collection of essays on his life in Vermont - First Person Rural.

Mr. Perrin clearly loved his life in rural Vermont, but he was realistic, too. He saw and praised the benefits of life in the country and he saw and praised the benefits of modern life, too. He liked sugaring on his own farm, and he liked using his chainsaw and his truck. At times he wrote nostalgically of what was, and other times he was laugh-out-loud funny.



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