Friday, April 03, 2009

That Distant Land


This rather large collection of short stories by Wendell Berry includes several stories from other collections (Fidelity and The Wild Birds). Once again, characters from Port William and the neighboring countryside tell their stories.

My favorite, most attractive stories in That Distant Land are the ones that feature Ptolemy Proudfoot and his wife, Miss Minnie. They're sweet and generous characters with few flaws, making them rank up there with Andy Catlett in my mind.

For now, this ends my reading of Wendell Berry. In the last six months I have read eleven of his novels and collections of short stories. Now I'll think about them and maybe in a few months start reading some of his non-fiction books.

Book give-away:
In celebration of Wendell Berry's fiction and the enjoyment it has afforded me recently I'm going to give away a hardcover copy (with dust jacket) of A World Lost. If you would like a chance to win, leave a comment at this post between now and April 6. In the comment, be sure to tell me if you want to be in the drawing and leave a way for me to contact you via email to get your mailing address. On April 7 I'll put the names in a bowl and have a family member draw for me. Then I'll notify the winner and mail out the book post haste.

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Blogger Dana said...

Today's entries seems like a Wendell Berry marathon, Laura!

I just returned That Distant Land to the library.... after reading only a couple of stories.

Not that I didnt like it, other books just captured my attention.

Yup, enter me in your contest :)

12:35 PM  
Blogger Jennie C. said...

Put my name in the hat!

2:02 PM  
Blogger Book Psmith said...

I love that name Ptolemy Proudfoot. I have to admit I had to look up Wendell Berry on wikipedia. He sounds like an interesting man. I wouldn't mind a chance at reading a new author, so I am in. Thanks.

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Carrie K. said...

Don't enter me in the contest, but I had to comment about how much I loved this book - and all of Berry's fiction. I like his non-fiction, too - and his poetry is brilliant. Great post!

1:00 AM  
Blogger BubblesandMoney said...

Please enter me into your drawing. I'm loving Wendell Berry and thank you for all your reviews.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Sam drew from the bowl this morning and the winner of the Wendell Berry book give-away is.... BubblesandMoney!

I'm going to keep everyone else in mind for any other Wendell Berry books that come my way.

2:15 PM  
Blogger BubblesandMoney said...

I am so excited!

8:41 AM  

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