The World-Ending Fire : The Essential Wendell Berry

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      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      Now available in paperback, the most comprehensive—and only author-authorized—Wendell Berry reader.'America's greatest philosopher on sustainable life and living.'—Chicago Tribune In a time when our relationship to the natural world is ruled by the violence and greed of unbridled consumerism, Wendell Berry speaks out in these prescient essays, drawn from his fifty-year campaign on behalf of American lands and communities. The writings gathered in The World-Ending Fire are the unique product of a life spent farming the fields of rural Kentucky with mules and horses, and of the rich, intimate knowledge of the land cultivated by this work. These are essays written in defiance of the false call to progress and in defense of local landscapes, essays that celebrate our cultural heritage, our history, and our home. With grace and conviction, Wendell Berry shows that we simply cannot afford to succumb to the mass-produced madness that drives our global economy—the natural world will not allow it. Yet he also shares with us a vision of consolation and of hope. We may be locked in an uneven struggle, but we can and must begin to treat our land, our neighbors, and ourselves with respect and care. As Berry urges, we must abandon arrogance and stand in awe.
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      9781640090286. 9781640090293.
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      1033675405
    • Accession Number:
      1731043
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    • ABNT:
      BERRY, W.; KINGSNORTH, P. The World-Ending Fire : The Essential Wendell Berry. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2018. v. First Counterpoint edition Disponível em: . Acesso em: 22 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Berry W, Kingsnorth P. The World-Ending Fire : The Essential Wendell Berry. Vol First Counterpoint edition. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=1731043. Accessed November 22, 2019.
    • APA:
      Berry, W., & Kingsnorth, P. (2018). The World-Ending Fire : The Essential Wendell Berry (Vol. First Counterpoint edition). Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=1731043
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Berry, Wendell, and Paul Kingsnorth. 2018. The World-Ending Fire : The Essential Wendell Berry. Vol. First Counterpoint edition. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=1731043.
    • Harvard:
      Berry, W. and Kingsnorth, P. (2018) The World-Ending Fire : The Essential Wendell Berry. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=1731043 (Accessed: 22 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Berry, W & Kingsnorth, P 2018, The World-Ending Fire : The Essential Wendell Berry, vol First Counterpoint edition, Counterpoint, Berkeley, CA, viewed 22 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Berry, Wendell, and Paul Kingsnorth. The World-Ending Fire : The Essential Wendell Berry. Vol. First Counterpoint edition, Counterpoint, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=1731043.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Berry, Wendell, and Paul Kingsnorth. The World-Ending Fire : The Essential Wendell Berry. Vol. First Counterpoint edition. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=1731043.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Berry W, Kingsnorth P. The World-Ending Fire : The Essential Wendell Berry [Internet]. Vol. First Counterpoint edition. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint; 2018 [cited 2019 Nov 22]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=1731043

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 April #1

*Starred Review* Wendell Berry's admirers—a loyal band several generations deep—may blink at the subtitle of this selection of his essays. "Essential? What's not essential?" To read or reread these pieces is, however, to warmly affirm editor Kingsnorth. Berry is the philosopher and the prophet of agriculture, community, stability, and friendship, and there is nothing sentimental or utopian anywhere in his advocacy of those things. Rather, he is humbly empirical; read the four pages of journal-entry-like paragraphs called "Damage," the report of a failed project on his own farm and its lessons. He is precise about America's great delusions; read the three-page "Rugged Individualism," which in passing and in a nutshell counters Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission six years before that case was decided. Turn to that profound diagnosis of organized misuse of the land, "The Unsettling of America," and to its quarter-century-later sequel, "The Agrarian Standard." Proceed to Berry's review of the literary correlative to that unsettling "Writer and Region," with its striking insights into Mark Twain's success and failure in Huckleberry Finn. When the going seems to be getting heavy, try "A Few Words for Motherhood," centered on birthing a calf, or "The Rise," on being in a canoe on a suddenly risen big river. There is much more, all, yes, essential. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 February #1

Berry's graceful essays have long been models of eloquence, insight, and conviction, as Kingsforth's selection of some of his most important pieces reminds readers. Berry's writings traverse topics from agriculture to economics, but always circle back to the values of a small, local economy and to the wastefulness fostered by corporate greed. In a 2011 speech, Berry proclaims, "Our fundamental problem is world destruction, caused by an irreconcilable contradiction between the natural world and the engineered world of industrialism." In "The Total Economy," Berry names neighborhood and subsistence the main features of a local economy. In one of his most famous essays, 1989's "The Pleasures of Eating," he declares eating "inescapably an agricultural act" and proposes seven ways of eating responsibly—e.g., "participate in food production to the extent that you can" and "learn the origins of the food you buy, and buy the food that is produced closest to your home"—that look ahead to today's local food movement. Since all of these essays are readily available elsewhere, Berry's fans won't find anything new, but newcomers will find the works exceptionally timely, and the book as a whole a thoughtful introduction to Berry's writing. (May)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.