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The Long-Legged House

The Long Legged House First published in and out of print for than twenty five years The Long Legged House was award winner Wendell Berry s first collection of essays the inaugural work introducing many of the centr

  • Title: The Long-Legged House
  • Author: Wendell Berry
  • ISBN: 9781593760137
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • First published in 1969 and out of print for than twenty five years, The Long Legged House was award winner Wendell Berry s first collection of essays, the inaugural work introducing many of the central issues that have occupied him over the course of his career Three essays at the heart of this volume The Rise, The Long Legged House, and A Native Hill are essaFirst published in 1969 and out of print for than twenty five years, The Long Legged House was award winner Wendell Berry s first collection of essays, the inaugural work introducing many of the central issues that have occupied him over the course of his career Three essays at the heart of this volume The Rise, The Long Legged House, and A Native Hill are essays of homecoming and memoir, as the writer finds his home place, his native ground, his place on earth As he later wrote, What I stand for is what I stand on, and here we see him beginning the acts of rediscovery and resettling This volume contains original contents, with only slight revisions as might be desired It gives readers the opportunity to read the work of this remarkable cultural critic and agrarian, and to delight in the prose of one of America s greatest stylists.

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    1. Wendell Berry eloquently expounds on topics of government, ecology, morality, and the intersection of the three. Berry's conclusion: the key to the very survival of both our species and our planet is personal responsibility, and "obedience to the informed conscience." These essays, written in the 1960s, are only more relevant today, and worth reading for absolutely anyone.Berry's ecological writing is beautifully descriptive but I am more drawn to passages that expose his underlying ethic; here [...]

    2. “The Long-Legged House” is Berry’s manifesto of his devotion to his place. The collection of essays was first published in 1969, five years after Berry returned to Port Royal, Kentucky with the intent of living there for the rest of his life (an intent that has been fulfilled to this day). The first six essays are more critical, addressing wrongs Berry identifies and placing himself in relation to and in light of those wrongs. Berry is stinging at several points, speaking against the war i [...]

    3. This is a Berry book of essays. The title one tells of his personal life following college and marriage, living in San Francisco two years, Europe for a year, living in NY and teaching at NYU forthree years, then returning to teach at the U of Kentucky. He spent weeks the first year his familylived in Lexington at his family's farm sixty miles away writing a book. During that year he boughtland and began farming and writing in Port Royal, KY. Two paragraphs in the essay so much reflect mythinkin [...]

    4. "First published in 1969 and out of print for more than twenty-five years, The Long-Legged House was Wendell Berry's first collection of essays, the inaugural work introducing many of the central issues that have occupied him over the course of his career. Three essays at the heart of this volume -- 'The Rise,' 'The Long-Legged House,' and 'A Native Hill' -- are essays of homecoming and memoir, as the writer finds his home place, his native ground, his place on earth. As he later wrote, 'What I [...]

    5. Wendell Berry's first collection of essays, dating from the 1960s, displays more pessimism than I'm used to, particularly in the first section that is primarily concerned with strip-mining in Kentucky. Once you are past those opening essays, however, you can see more of the themes that come to the fore in later essay collections. The three essays of the second section concern the war in Vietnam, yet they are no less applicable to today's "wars on terrorism."The third section was most intriguing [...]

    6. Wendell Berry is a gentle English professor, poet, and writer who has written a book about some things he has obviously thought about carefully. This book is chock full of ideas. Some of them really grabbed me (not that they were new -- just how clearly and simply he has articulated them) while others I did not identify with.I agree with his ideas on the role of the government and on living in the moment. However, some of his ideas would inhibit economic progress. He appears to be against constr [...]

    7. The essays in here could feel a bit dated, but the issues involved continue to this day. And the reminiscences reveal how such memory works for us. I really enjoy Wendell berry and hope to read more of him. He touches the naturalist in me, the kid who played outside all day, the mom who wanted her little ones to hold a toad or watch a sunset. His writing hit even more layers within me, but I haven't sorted them all out.

    8. I just read this book a couple months ago and the thing I find most interesting is that, although being written 40+ years ago, Wendell Berry's essays are extremely relevant today. His anti-war speech, his essays on the environment, corporate greed and his view on mankind's relationship with nature still ring true. A wonderful read for anyone.

    9. Sodude's kind of a prophet. He wrote both this and A Continuous Harmony over forty years ago and they still are both perfectly applicable to today's society. Maybe even more so than before. I went from respecting him to basically studying his work after reading this one. Read this.

    10. I'm pretty sure I had to skim the end (I had a quiz or something on it the next day). Yet, Berry's view of nature and how to treat it really influenced my own views. This book is filled with superb writing as well.

    11. Republished essays on nature, citizenship, peace, and environmentalism. Some of the essays weren't page-turners, but all were still pertinent today. The essay entitled 'The Long-Legged House' was worth the cost of the book by itself, as far as I'm concerned.

    12. Powerful essays on being morally aware in politics and your community. Berry is a fine example of living Christian values with a thinking mind and an outspoken love of right. As always, nature plays a major role in his understanding of self and the world.

    13. Berry's first collection of essays, The Long-Legged House excels best in the lengthy essays at the end - "The Long-Legged House" and "A Native Hill" - that speak of homecoming, the peaceableness of nature, and the mystery of creation.

    14. A great introduction to Wendell Berry. I especially enjoyed the last three essays -- his tales of living and building on the river, watching it.

    15. The most poignant and timely book I've ever read. And soI go to my "Camp" called Kalien. A fellow southerner (Appalachians Tennessee).

    16. Great speech against war! Account of the building of the what became Burley's and then Jayber's cabin on the river.

    17. I have so much to say about this volume that I don't want to say it here. If you're interested, ask me in person.

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