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Riassunto: “I imagine everyone has a center of gravity,” says Ellen Bromfield Geld. “Something which binds one to the earth and gives sense and direction to what one does.” For Ellen, this center is a writing table before a window that looks out upon groves of pecan trees and mahogany-colored cattle in seas of grass. The place is Fazenda Pau D’Alho, Brazil, where she and her husband, Carson, have lived and farmed since 1961.
Healing the ravaged coffee plantation, rearing five children, exploring the outposts, the Gelds have created a dynamic yet peaceful life far from Ellen’s native Ohio. Their practice of sustainable agriculture, and Ellen’s plea for the preservation of Brazil's remaining wilderness areas, reflect the legacy of her father, the novelist and farm visionary Louis Bromfield. Their shared vision is crystallized in her account of a cattle drive across the Pantanal, the vast flood plain on Brazil's side of the Paraguay River. She describes a two-hundred year symbiosis between ranchers and a fragile ecosystem that is being threatened by development.
View from the Fazenda is distilled from fifty years of living in Brazil, weaving daily life on the farm into her quest to understand a nation. It portrays a true melting pot of people who—as conquerers, immigrants, or slaves, their blood and history mingled with those of native Indians—have created the character of Brazil. This huge, diverse county, living in several eras at the same time, is ever changing through its people’s amazing ability to “find a way.”
Ellen Bromfield Geld evokes the land and people of Brazil and offers readers an invigorating glimpse into a soulful life. “It seems to me that being a bit of a poet is perhaps the only way one can survive as a farmer,” she explains. “For in the end, more than anything, farming is a way of life you either love or become bitter enduring.”
From the Publisher: Letter from Ellen Bromfield Geld
Despite my having published nine books and countless chronicles, I have never until now seen fit to respond in writing to criticism. This time, however, it seems to me that the review of my book, VIEW FROM THE FAZENDA: A Tale of the Brazilian Heartlands, recently published in Publishers Weekly and subsequently posted on Amazon is so misleading as to make a response both fair and necessary.
Misconception in this review begins by describing my father, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist and world-renowned conservationist, Louis Bromfield as "an Ohio agrarian scholar." From there the reviewer goes on to refer to my columns in Brazil's leading newspaper O Estado de São Paulo, as cultural, although in fact they mostly pertained to agriculture, education and the lives of rural people in general, be they farm owners, sharecroppers or farm, hands. In my approach to these last, I am accused of "anachronistic ethnocentricism" for the use of such words as "ignorance" and "passivity," as well as ignoring "the political complexities of of land ownership by foreigners as Brazilians work the land they will never own." Beyond this the book is represented as maintaining, "ignorance of ecological perils in the country on which so much of the planet depends for oxygen." This despite some forty pages dedicated to a farming settlement in the Amazon wherein ecological conditions are my primary concern.
Having done my best to comprehend how the reviewer could have read this book and come to these and similarly strange conclusions, I can only conclude, myself, that the answer lies in this final damning sentence.
"Geld's work is full of vivid memoir and storytelling but devoid of any political consciousness regarding her role as an expatriate landowner in a nation rife with economic and class strife."
For it is with a consistently prejudiced and categorizing eye that the critic insists on approaching VIEW FROM THE FAZENDA as though it were meant to be an academic, socio-economic treatise. This, although one has only to take a look at the book to discover from the start that , yes, it is a book of memoir and storytelling. As such, it deals with all kinds of Brazilians living in various eras at one and the same time in such different regions as the Amazon; the drought stricken northeast; the new frontiers of central Brazil where—rather than "the subtropical poverty of a Brazilian farm economy" as the reviewer puts it—sustainable agriculture is responsible for this country’s becoming the world's second largest producer of grains.
Indeed the tales and memoirs are drawn from half a century's experience of farming, wandering and writing as I go. They are used to describe, as best as I can, a vast and diverse country and the imaginative, spirited people who, like ourselves, have come from every corner of the world to mingle and make of Brazil the open-minded, ever-changing nation that it is.
For those of you who might have been swayed by the review, I hope you take my words into consideration as you decide whether or not to read the book. For those of you who are inclined to pick up the book, my wish is for you to take it in and enjoy it in the same spirit in which it was written.
Sincerely, Ellen Bromfield Geld
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