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This was a fun memoir for me, it s like having an armchair anthropologist look at the area you grew up in a nondescript small town in the rural mid Atlantic, full of folks just like the ones in these pages Sure, the author s got a little sometimes a lot of snobbishness to him, but I don t think he would pretend otherwise He accurately locates the wonderful heart of life in these places that behind the gruffness and unsentimental posturing, rural people look out for one another, know wh This was a fun memoir for me, it s like having an armchair anthropologist look at the area you grew up in a nondescript small town in the rural mid Atlantic, full of folks just like the ones in these pages Sure, the author s got a little sometimes a lot of snobbishness to him, but I don t think he would pretend otherwise He accurately locates the wonderful heart of life in these places that behind the gruffness and unsentimental posturing, rural people look out for one another, know what community looks like dropping in on neighbors unannounced, offering unsolicited advice , and are always available to offer a helping hand I particularly enjoyed this ex Brit learning firsthand the distinct flavor of rural places in his part of America the surprising willingness to let go of certain elements of the past and adopt 20th century modern life wholeheartedly snowmobiles, sports cars, TV dinners and frozen food while holding tight to other traditions Lots of good laughs, too, at the quirks and charms of the old timers and their way of getting work done One of the best chapters is him describing a day in the country to his hypothetical city friend who thinks country life is nothing but relaxation Korda tries to sit down in his office and write, but is interrupted from sun up to sun down by all manner of contractors, neighbors, bills to pay and deliveries to be made, horses to care for, new repairs to be scheduled Whereas in the city, once you lock the door on your apartment door, no one can find you the ultimate way to escape is to hide out in city At best, Korda is able to tease out the unmistakable ambivalence of rural people to change take some of it, leave some of it, life moves on In all the small towns of America that missed the chance to transform into quaint tourist towns, there exists this tension, this question of what to make of the unformed future when it s possible that the best days are indeed behind I appreciated how Korda integrated himself into the community not without some comical missteps and am glad to see that he and his wife eventually found a place to truly call home in the country As a girl who moved from a small city, to a suburb, finally ending up in my own 18th century farmhouse much of what Korda writes about is relatable and brought laughter bubbling up An old house that always needs work, projects you are never caught up on, and all the other oddities that go along with being a newcomer in a tight knit community were spot on I ll keep this book in my library when I want to reread and remind myself we aren t the only crazy ones out there that elected to live this l As a girl who moved from a small city, to a suburb, finally ending up in my own 18th century farmhouse much of what Korda writes about is relatable and brought laughter bubbling up An old house that always needs work, projects you are never caught up on, and all the other oddities that go along with being a newcomer in a tight knit community were spot on I ll keep this book in my library when I want to reread and remind myself we aren t the only crazy ones out there that elected to live this life One of my neighbours gave me this book because she couldn t get into it I understand why Many of the stories do not have a strong theme The premise is good, but The anecdotes were disappointing Yes, there were some good chapters, but it took a long way into the book to find them I think that this book could have done with a good editor to suggest a clear focus I wonder if it would have been published at all if the author hadn t been the editor in chief at Simon and Schuster. I m marking this as read even though I couldn t finish it I tried multiple times an made it 3 4 of the way through, but I just can t read any about city slickers moving to the country to keep being city slickers there I keep picking it up forgetting why I put it down Two things pushed me over the edge His company gave him a motorcycle as a 20 year anniversary present but he ended up trading it in for a Harley so he could fit in They built the biggest building in town on land they bou I m marking this as read even though I couldn t finish it I tried multiple times an made it 3 4 of the way through, but I just can t read any about city slickers moving to the country to keep being city slickers there I keep picking it up forgetting why I put it down Two things pushed me over the edge His company gave him a motorcycle as a 20 year anniversary present but he ended up trading it in for a Harley so he could fit in They built the biggest building in town on land they bought so nobody could move in across the street so his wife could ride show horses indoors I can t identify with people who worry about one patch of grass not matching the color of the rest, or have an extra house where their horse keeper lives Anything I might glean from this book is overshadowed by the rich people mentality It s not often I part with a book, but I m not even keeping this one in my library A bit elitist and dated but readable and mildly entertaining. Some parts were dry, but a good book overall Loved the anecdote format Too much about horses, but that s just their lives. EnjoyableI enjoyed this tale of country life and the ups, downs, trials and tribulations I am also from the country and could relate to much of what he wrote about. *DOWNLOAD EBOOK ⇯ Country Matters: The Pleasures and Tribulations of Moving from a Big City to an Old Country Farmhouse ⇩ With his inimitable sense of humor and storytelling talent, New York Times bestselling author Michael Korda brings us this charming, hilarious, self deprecating memoir of a city couple s new life in the countryAt once entertaining, canny, and moving, Country Matters does for Dutchess County, New York, what Under the Tuscan Sun did for Tuscany This witty memoir, replete with Korda s own line drawings, reads like a novel, as it chronicles the author s transformation from city slicker to full time country gentleman, complete with tractors, horses, and a leaking roofWhen he decides to take up residence in an eighteenth century farmhouse in Dutchess County, ninety miles north of New York City, Korda discovers what country life is really like Owning pigs, than owning horses, even than owning the actual house, firmly anchored the Kordas as residents in the eyes of their Pleasant Valley neighborsYou may own your land, but without concertina barbed wire, or the nd Airborne on patrol, it s impossible to keep people off it It s possible to line up major household repairs over a tuna melt sandwichAnd everyone in the area is fully aware that Michael don t know shit about septics The locals are not particularly quick to accept these outsiders, and the couple s earliest interactions with their new neighbors provide constant entertainment, particularly when the Kordas discover that hunting season is a year round event right on their own land From their closest neighbors, mostly dairy farmers, to their unforgettable caretaker Harold Roe whose motto regarding the local flora is Whack it all back the residents of Pleasant Valley eventually come to realize that the Kordas are than mere weekendersSure to have readers in stitches, this is a book that has universal appeal for all who have ever dreamed of owning that perfect little place to escape to up in the country, or, boldly, have done it tape while mowing pertains matters indeed A list of complaints from a self proclaimed farmer, whose farm is managed by hands Clearly meant to amuse city folk who want to know about quaint country life rather than being an actual farmoir.