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Standing by Words: Essays [Kindle Edition]

Wendell Berry

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"This skillfully conceived book is one of the strongest contemporary arguments for literary tradition: a challenging credo, un-glib, calmly assured, clearly illuminating--and required reading for those seriously interested in the interplay between literature, ethics, and morality."


“If we fail to do what is required and if we do what is forbidden, we exclude ourselves from the mercy of Nature; we destroy our place, or we are exiled from it.”

The essays of Wendell Berry are an extended conversation about the life he values; sustainable agriculture, a connection to place, the miracle of life, and the interconnectedness of all things. The existence of this life is dependent on our devotion to preserving it, an emotional proximity to the land that is slipping away from us.

In six elegant, linked literary essays, Berry considers the degeneration of language that is manifest throughout our culture, from poetry to politics, from conversation to advertising, and he shows how the ever-widening cleft between the words and their referents mirrors the increasing isolation of individuals and their communities from the land. With his confident and unwavering prose, Berry assesses how the gap between modern communities and nature grew so large, how we may bridge it, and the role language plays in facilitating both parts.

Standing by Words joins our new series, which celebrates the collected essays of Wendell Berry in beautiful, uniform editions.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 433 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 208 Seiten
  • Verlag: Counterpoint (1. Juni 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005GPSL46
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #506.123 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful book, poorly scanned. 24. Februar 2013
Von Dr. Bill - Veröffentlicht auf
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Wendell Berry's prose is more musical than much poetry, and this meditation on commitment--to a poetic form, a patch of ground, or a marriage--is well worth reading.

Kindle did a poor job scanning the text. In addition to mangling the cover, they introduced at least one glaring misspelling every three pages. Fortunately, Berry is clear enough to survive their treatment. If you'd rather not carry around a paper copy, this is a passable substitute.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Community, poetry and marriage 13. Mai 2012
Von Patricia Kramer - Veröffentlicht auf
I admit I got bogged down in several of the essays and skipped through them. When I settled down and dug in, the words and ideas resonated as they always do when reading Wendell Berry. The essays I most connected to were "People, Land and Community" and "Poetry and Marriage".

There is a paragraph in the essay "The Specialization of Poetry" that strongly speaks to our times.
"Contemporaneity, in the sense of being 'up with the times,' is of no value. Wakefulness to experience - as well as to instruction and example - is another matter. But what we call the modern world is not necessarily, and not often the real world, and there is no virtue in being up-to-date in it. It is a false world, based upon economies and values and desires that are fantastical-a world in which millions of people have lost any idea of the materials, the disciplines, the restraints, and the work necessary to support human life, and have thus become dangerous to their own lives and to the possibility of life. The job now is to get back to that perennial and substantial world in which we really do live, in which the foundations of our life will be visible to us, and in which we can accept our responsibilities again within the conditions of necessity and mystery. In that world all wakeful and responsible people, dead, living, and unborn, are contemporaries. And that is the only contemporaneity worth having."

The false world has not improved in the 29 years since this essay was written.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Best Among The Best 28. Februar 2013
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Thankfully, this masterpiece is back in print after a far-too-long absence. This engaging collection of essays is Berry at his best and "Standing By Words" is quintessencial Wendell Berry. I first read this book over twenty years ago, lost my copy, and was grateful when it was reissued. I have discovered, again, how important Berry's insights and wisdom remains for our culture and how his writing stands the test of time and change. This book will delight the discerning reader of any age and culture.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Standard Wendell Berry 22. Mai 2013
Von Robert Hancock - Veröffentlicht auf
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Well thought out commentary written by a Kentucky master. I really like the chapter on Poetry and Marriage. Berry has a tendency to put phrases together in a way that has me thinking...."wish I'd said that".
This is not just reading, it's literature.
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