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A Continuous Harmony: Essays Cultural and Agricultural by Wendell Berry

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC A Continuous Harmony: Essays Cultural and Agricultural The title of this book is taken from an account by Thomas F Hornbein on his travels in the Himalayas It seemed to me Horenbein wrote that here man lived in continuous harmony with the land as much as briefly a part of it as all its other occupants Wendell Berry s second collection of essays i A Continuous Harmony i was first published in and includes the seminal Think Little which was printed in i The Last Whole Earth Catalogue i and reprinted around the globe and the splendid centerpiece Discipline and Hope an insightful and articulate essay making a case for what he calls a new middle

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