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Award-winner Wendell Berry’s second collection of essays was first published in 1972, and contained eight essays, including the seminal Think Little,” which was printed in The Last Whole Earth Catalogue and reprinted around the globe. The splendid centerpiece of A Continuous Harmony, Discipline and Hope,” is an insightful and articulate essay of instruction and caution. ThAward-winner Wendell Berry’s second collection of essays was first published in 1972, and contained eight essays, including the seminal “Think Little,” which was printed in The Last Whole Earth Catalogue and reprinted around the globe. The splendid centerpiece of A Continuous Harmony, “Discipline and Hope,” is an insightful and articulate essay of instruction and caution. This volume contains original content, 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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Number of Pages : 182 Pages
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  • Lora
    2019-02-12 10:58

    The first chapter was a real disappointment for me. It is Berry's statement against religion and that we must throw off religion in order to live well with nature. He goes on for quite a while, is very clear in his feelings, and I mostly settled for reading the poetry of other writers that he references in that chapter. Now I am scanning the rest of the book with some feeling of my own. He has so much great stuff, important stuff, to say. But to throw out the healing arts because so many doctors you meet are horrible at healing is just sad. It seems so below Berry's usual standards to fall for that stereotype. Even great thinkers sometimes fall for spoon fed dogmas, I guess. We are all beggars, after all. We often beg from the poison when we think we have the fruit.

  • Joshua
    2019-02-10 09:23

    Somewhat uneven collection, especially at the start, but the long chapter "Discipline and Hope" is one of Berry's best.

  • Jordan Kinsey
    2019-01-18 10:13

    No one is more timeless than Wendell Berry.

  • Brenda
    2019-02-07 11:08

    Wendell Berry is an author I read regularly. Not exactly like taking a vitamin, but I need his perspective, the challenge of his thought on various topics, the pace of his life, his connection to land and community. This book was no exception. I am nearly to the point that I need to stop reading library copies of his books and just buy my own. I want to underline and write in the margins too often (and perhaps am too lazy to start copying quotes, as there would be WAY too many). I appreciated the essays entitled "A Secular Pilgrimage" and "A Homage to Dr. Williams", both of which are about poetry, its ability to reveal aspects of life and nature that cannot be described otherwise. "Think Little" was yet another challenge to me to be mindful of how I live. This book was published in the early 70s, and he was responding to the times as they were, and I often wished I could have had his updated perspective. But then I suppose all of his subsequent work is just that! Probably the best quote is in the essay "In Defense of Literacy": "I am saying then, that literacy -- the mastery of language and the knowledge of books -- is not an ornament, but a necessity." Just as true today as then.

  • Bobby
    2019-02-09 14:06

    Through the years, especially recent ones, I've come in passing contact with the writing of Wendell Berry. A quote here, a poem there, an essay on occasion. I'm not sure why it took me so long to make a point to read a Wendell Berry book since I've always been impressed and touched by what little I've read.For those who are already fans of Berry, there is nothing that I am currently capable of saying that will shed more light on this, or any, of Berry's writings. For the uninitiated I would simply say that Berry's insights are of a sort that the whole planet would benefit if we all read and pondered essays such as these. During the course of these essays Berry touches upon such topics as nature poetry, spirituality, education, politics, farming and ecology, and much more. His world view is one that is consistent, well worth contemplating, and exceptionally well written. I can't say that this collection should be everyone's starting point but I can say that everyone should acquire a starting point - start reading Wendell Berry now!

  • Marie
    2019-01-24 06:25

    One of those amazingly prescient books, where you find yourself turning back to the copyright page to confirm that the book was indeed written in 1970(!) and not yesterday - or tomorrow. It is interesting to note that we are still riding the same waves that were rising high already forty years ago - that our world and societies are, far from "new and improved" as we insist more and more shrilly, very much riding along the ever rising crest of the wave of all things' commodification, instrumentalization, fragmentization, effictivization, abstraction, consumption, etc. Wendell Berry makes a most soulful and literate plea for us to collect and connect ourselves - back to one another, to the land, to death, to abandonment and mystery. The book consists of eight essays of varying length - the four that are excellent ("A Secular Pilgrimage", "Think Little", "Discipline and Hope" and "In Defence of Literacy") more than make up for the missability of the others.

  • Kati
    2019-01-29 13:22

    My favorite essay was "Notes from an Absence and a Return." I am in a transitional place in my life and have been thinking a lot about the sort of life I want to lead. Perhaps because of that, this book seemed particularly poignant. It is wise and inspiring and manages to feel both deadly serious and light at once.

  • Bradley
    2019-02-07 08:06

    Wendell Berry impacts me deeply yet again with this collection of essays. It is sad that every one of these, written in 1971 or before, is just as pertinent (more so really) as they were then. There is a lot of work to be done, and he provides some clear solutions and starting points. His topics focus on literacy, morality, farming, ecology.

  • Kevin Spicer
    2019-02-11 09:08

    Wonderful and simple essays offering profound political insights through a man who has exacted his own sense of love and discipline through his devotion toward land and community. It's both exhilarating and challenging in its unraveling of so many cornerstones of American culture.

  • shawn
    2019-01-29 09:05

    Classic. Very well considered, thoughtful, and thought-provoking. Written in the early seventies and yet still entirely timely -- which is a bit depressing for the contemporary reader sympathetic to Berry's principles. Makes one yearn to go back and reread "Walden". Great collection.

  • Hannah
    2019-01-27 14:14

    Real talk from Wendell Berry.. Endlessly applicable to today's economic, environmental, and community challenges.

  • Jenna
    2019-02-11 14:17

    Read this book. Probably has had the most profound effect on my perception of the world of any of the books I have read since Jack London.

  • Kathryne
    2019-02-03 07:56

    A prolific writer! Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc. Such a story teller.

  • Annie
    2019-01-29 08:04

    I essentially underlined the whole thing.