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!Download ⚖ First Person Rural: Essays of a Sometime Farmer ⚖ These essays, all concerned with countryish things, range from intensely practical to mildly literary Transplanted from New York fifteen years ago and now a reallife Vermont farmer, Noel Perrin candidly admits to hilarious early mistakes In Search of the Perfect Fence Post while presenting downtoearth advice on such rural necessities as Sugaring on $ a Year, Raising Sheep, and Making Butter in the Kitchen But, as everyone who has read his essays in The New Yorker, Country Journal, and Vermont Life will confirm, not everything Perrin writes is strictly about the exigencies of country life While one essay seems to discuss the use of wooden sap buckets, it really addresses the nature of illusion and reality as they coexist in rural places
This book was a gift from my mother, and it's clear why she liked it! I found it very enjoyable to read His listed prices are out of date of course, but a lot of the concepts he wrote about seem just as relevant today. This was recommended to me after I read Verlyn Klinkenborg's The Rural Life I enjoyed these essays; they were funny, pithy, and each had a definite focus and angle Perrin has an obvious love and appreciation of his Vermont farming town and the way of life there, though somehow the essays often lacked depth or soul But since it was a fun, quick read with a lot of interesting observations, I'll probably pick up the others at some point. Overall, great collection of essays Some of the chapters are a little too howto and indepth for nonfarmers to enjoy (view spoiler)[ I found myself dozing while reading about the cost and horsepower of every pickup truck on the market (hide spoiler)] Kept me smiling Learned some things about how to buy chainsaws and build fences Quaint little book Author taught at Dartmouth so it all feels familiar, including his mention of the Dartmouth crew boats on the Connecticut and Dan Whits. This is a book you can pick up at any time to continue reading.It's about farming and country living Each chapter is on a different subject ranging from raising sheep to making maple syrup Very pleasant reading, especially, I think, if you've ever been on a farm or wish you had been. Most of these articles were written in the 1970s so are a bit dated in places The historical ones are still of interest. The subtitle of this book is Essays of a Sometime Farmer but it seems to me that Perrin has done enough work to call himself a fulltime farmer Perrin's writing is somewhat inconsistent but the essays are overall enjoyable Particularly the aspects of maple sugaring and his recipe for making maple candy worked like a charm Perrin talks a bit of prices and pricing in these essays and while they are obviously outdated, most of the thoughts are not the final essay (basically city vs country) is the best example of this many of the pros and cons of city life and country life still exist (although it would be foolish to assume technology hasn't improved on at least a few of the country cons.)I didn't really think reading about fence posts or building fences would be interesting but the injection of humor plus personal experience actually trying to complete these projects made them quite enjoyable as well as somewhat educational Perrin has deterred me from wanting to live in Vermont (although it wasn't high on my list anyway) but my farm dreams remain alive and well. Great reminder of pleasure from the simpler things in life. Perrin's collection of essays discuss life in Vermont from the perspective of someone who used to live in New York City While the essays were at times fun to read and highlight how much Vermont has changed and silmultaneously stayed the same, they were a bit dated (I think this was first published in 1978?) Chris Bohjalian (he used to live in Brooklyn before he moved to VT) has published a collection of weekly newspaper columns that he writes for the Burlingotn Free Press Titled Idyll Banter, this collection of lessons a NYC transplant to VT learns are muchcurrent and, I think, funnier.