That Distant Land: The Collected Stories
ISBN 13: 9781596448179
Publication Date: 2009
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"For five decades, Wendell Berry has been bringing forth stories, novels, essays and poems from his Kentucky farm with the vitality his neighbors reserve for raising their crops.... Interwoven around the author's popular novels..., and incorporating many of the same characters, these stories show Berry at his best. Berry's themes have remained remarkably constant: the ties of kinship, the ethos of community, the overriding presence of history and the underlying power of the land....There is a kind of collective sanity in many of these stories that suggests an unspoken function of community....Not all these pieces explore serious themes; some are homespun sketches, some delightful anecdotes, and others just plain tall tales. What unites them is a deep humanity, compassion and a sense of recognition that our modern lives unfolded at some point on Earth from stories such as these."
Tim McNulty, Seattle Times, 07/25/2004
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