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A Place On Earth: A Novel

By Berry
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Pages   1
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.37" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   0.43 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Aug 1, 2007
Publisher   christianaudio Fiction
ISBN  1596444851  
EAN  9781596444850  

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Mat Feltner struggles to accept the loss of his son as the rest of the Port William community watches the progress of World War II.

Publishers Description
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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Wendell Berry WENDELL BERRY was born in Henry County, Kentucky, in 1934. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in 1956 and continued on to complete a master’s degree in 1957. In 1958, he received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.

Berry has taught at Stanford University, Georgetown College, New York University, the University of Cincinnati, and Bucknell University. He taught at his alma mater, the University of Kentucky from 1964-77, and again from 1987-93.

The author of more than 40 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Wendell Berry has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1962), the Vachel Lindsay Prize from Poetry (1962), a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (1965), a National Institute of Arts and Letters award for writing (1971), the Emily Clark Balch Prize from The Virginia Quarterly Review (1974), the American Academy of Arts and Letters Jean Stein Award (1987), a Lannan Foundation Award for Non-Fiction (1989), Membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers (1991), the Ingersoll Foundation's T. S. Eliot Award (1994), the John Hay Award (1997), the Lyndhurst Prize (1997), and the Aitken-Taylor Award for Poetry from The Sewanee Review (1998). His books include the novel Hannah Coulter (2004), the essay collections Citizenship Papers (2005) and The Way of Ignorance (2006), and Given: Poems (2005), all available from Counterpoint. Berry's latest works include The Mad Farmer Poems (2008) and Whitefoot (2009), which features illustrations by Davis Te Selle.

He lives and works with his wife, Tanya Berry, on their farm in Port Royal, Kentucky.

Wendell Berry currently resides in the state of Kentucky. Wendell Berry was born in 1934.

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A Sense of Place  Feb 12, 2007
This is a book that reads almost like poetry. I found myself slowing down and re-reading for the pleasure of the words and the strong sense of place that the author is able to create. I found the characters believable and admirable - doing the best they can as the war takes their sons and husbands- trying to hold on to life at home so that their war veterans will have the home that they left recognizable when they return to it. A powerful and realistic blending and interweaving of the lives of members of a small southern community - I highly recommend this book.
rural masterpiece.  Feb 5, 2007
mr berry is my favorite author when it comes to writing about rural america. I've enjoyed each novel that i've read by him so far, but this one is my absolute favorite. this is a great american classic that has been sadly under the radar for too long. the writing is exquisite and the book is filled with wonderfully memorable characters that make each page pulse with life. my highest recommendations go out to this great work of art.
A Place on Earth  Jan 5, 2007
Wonderful! Our library didn't have this early book by Wendell Berry. It arrived in perfect shape and quickly, and I couldn't have found fault with your service if I'd been trying to.
"A Place Called Earth"  Jul 26, 2006
Wendell Berry's wonderful and beautifully written novel brings us back to a beautiful place on earth, Port William. The time is 1945, and the backdrop is the ending of World War II, and how is affects the lives of the farmers and people of this little and beloved town. Here we see our friends from Berry's other novels about Port William: Jayber Crow, Hannah Coulter, Old Jack, Burley, Mat, and others we have come to love. We feel the poignancy and despair: we see the inadequacy of platitudes in the face of loss and grief. We also meet new characters whose lives are also incised by tragedy, such as a terrible flood. Through this, though, Berry also gives us hope, and at times, even humor, such as through the character of Uncle Stanley. We live with these character and we love them, and Berry's writing, simple and elegant, brings us closer to the experience of what it is to be human. His book evokes a great poem by jani johe webster, "a place called earth" (from her book "silhouette of a soul"): "if you live here/these space miles/from the moon/ a place called earth/ turn the page / make the music change from sorrow to harmony / let the geese come home / across the miles / the trees bud / into spring / and the day open itself." In Berry's novel, the geese do, in a sense come home again: the war ends and we celebrate with these characters. And the many of characters do change the music of their lives from sorrow to harmony: and we see the quiet heroism in their souls. Along with "Jayber Crow", "Hannah Coulter", and "The Memory of Old Jack," this is one of Berry's greatest and most sensitive works.
A Place of Loss and Hope  Nov 18, 2004
"A Place on Earth" is the second novel of the Port William Membership that I have read; the first being "Jayber Crow". Berry proves himself to be yet again a master storyteller with the power to weave prose into beautiful and sometimes elegaic poetry. "A Place on Earth" is an incredible tribute to the power of loss, love, family and community.

Rather than focusing on one character, or one cohesive story, Berry chooses to tell about the daily life of various town members. Readers feel as though they are members of the community as well and have known these characters and their comings and goings for years. There are several main characters, such as the Feltner family, who have received news that their son is missing in action and must come to terms with the fact that he may never come home. Since Port William is a small town, the lives of every townperson is interweaved with that of their neighbors. Everyone knows everyone, and knows their joys and sufferings almost as immediately as they do.

A long time fan of Berry's poetry, I have loved the discovery of these two novels, and look forward to reading the rest of the Port William stories. Wendell Berry paints his characters so vividly, and sometimes so heartbreakingly real, that we come away from the story shocked back into reality. Berry knows the true nature of loss, the grief that accompanies it, and the hope that can be found in the most hopeless situations. Through all the trials and tribulations of the town and its members, hope persistently prevades and will, in the end, erase the pain that has been caused.

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