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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 within reach. The rhythms of this novel are the rhythms of the land. a spot on the earth resonates with adaptations performed on subject matters of switch; looping transitions from struggle into peace, wintry weather into spring, browning flood destruction into greening fields, absence into presence, misplaced into came across. This brings the revised 1983 version again into print, the subsequent publication in our software to place all of Wendell Berry's fiction into print in revised and corrected uniform variants.

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A Place on Earth: A Novel

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 within sight. The rhythms of this novel are the rhythms of the land. a spot on the earth resonates with diversifications performed on subject matters of switch; looping transitions from battle into peace, iciness into spring, browning flood destruction into greening fields, absence into presence, misplaced into stumbled on.

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Had it struck on a submerged rock, or on an enormous wreck? They could not tell; but on examination of the ship舗s bottom when undergoing repairs, it was found that part of her keel was broken. This fact, so grave in itself, might perhaps have been forgotten like many others, if, three weeks after, it had not been re-enacted under similar circumstances. But, thanks to the nationality of the victim of the shock, thanks to the reputation of the company to which the vessel belonged, the circumstance became extensively circulated.

Still, the experience taught Verne valuable lessons. At the end of this period舒what some have called his apprenticeship舒he could write dialogue and invent plots, and he knew what it was to try and fail. Most importantly, his experience showed him that despite his father舗s wishes, he felt a true passion for writing. 舠There are serious studies to be done on the present genre of literature,舡 Verne wrote in a letter, 舠and especially on that of the future舡 (quoted in Evans, p. 17). When he graduated from law school, he had to make a choice: either return to Nantes to take over his father舗s law practice and lead what he saw as a comfortable but bloodless life, or remain in Paris to write.

If Nemo had been a Pole whose wife died under the knout and the children perished in Siberia, and this Pole found himself confronted by a Russian ship with the possibility of destroying it, everyone would admit his right to vengeance,舡 Verne wrote to Hetzel. 舠[Nemo] is a generous person.... You understand that if I were creating this character again舒which I am totally unable to do because I舗ve been living with him for two years, I would not be able to see him any other way.... If I can舗t be allowed to explain the reasons for his hatred ...

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