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Riassunto: This title comes with an introduction by Robert Macfarlane. During the Second World War, John Stewart Collis volunteered to leave his comfortable life as an academic to work on the land for the war effort. His account of this time perfectly captures the soft-handed, city-dweller's naivety and wonder both at the workings of nature and the toughness of life on a farm. It's set in the south of England and comprises exquisitely written sections on whatever happens to take Collis' fancy and inspire his thoughtful curiosity, ranging from humorous sketches of the characters he works alongside; mini-essays such as 'Contemplation upon Ants', 'The Mystery of Clouds', 'Colloquy on the Rick', 'Meditation while Singling Mangolds', 'The Garden of Eden'; and, celebrations of the earthworm, pea and potato. His mind ranges far and wide through literature science and philosophy as well as amazing descriptive writing, which makes for a book that is as uncategorizable as it is enchanting.
A beautiful lost classic of English countryside literature.
During the Second World War, John Stewart Collis left his comfortable academic life to work on the land for the war effort. Set in the south of England, his account comprises whatever happens to take his fancy, ranging from humorous sketches of the characters he works alongside, mini-essays such as ?Contemplation upon Ants,? ?Meditation while Singling Mangolds,? to celebrations of the earth worm, pea and potato. Exquisitely written, the book is an enchanting read.
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Descrizione libro Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Codice libro della libreria GOR003243989
Descrizione libro House Of Stratus, 2001. Softback book combines two works: The first, While Following the Plough, is a highly personal account of his experience as a labourer on the land during WW2. The second, Down to Earth, is an extraordinary series of meditations on remarkably prosaic things, such as the potato, the plough, the ant and the dunghill. A fine condition softback. 277 pages. Codice libro della libreria 14657
Descrizione libro House of Stratus Ltd, 2001. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 1842326465