By Wendell Berry
Half ribald farce, half lyrical contemplation, Wendell Berry's novel is the tale of a place-Port William, Kentucky-the farm lands and forests that encompass it, and the river that runs within sight. The rhythms of this novel are the rhythms of the land. a spot in the world resonates with adaptations performed on topics of switch; looping transitions from warfare into peace, iciness into spring, browning flood destruction into greening fields, absence into presence, misplaced into stumbled on. This brings the revised 1983 version again into print, the following e-book in our application to place all of Wendell Berry's fiction into print in revised and corrected uniform variants.
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The old man was not only his father, he was also a father to the whole village. ’ The women want him. He clung to the old man and said: ‘I will stay here all night. ’ The noise was stoked by the drum. In his soft voice, the drummer bellowed, ‘The night’. The gleam of gold flashed from his mouth. The men moved towards the fire and lit up their hands. They formed a circle. They sang. A young man moved towards the middle. He spun to the right, he spun to the left. He stamped hard onto the ground and it threw him up high.
The feet did not move in a rhythmical way and the salon’s walls did not send back echoes. Whenever my steps fell on the salon floor, I tried to be the one who was always reading, the one whose features were moulding to the shape of words harvested over years. It did not matter that some would know some of these words and some would know me and make me known to some of the others. I felt that being known by some was a way to be known by all. I was one of those not ready to know anyone, those who seemed like the floor of the salon, whose relations changed with every change in people’s footsteps.
We have dates, and some of us have wheat. The finest traveller is the Abdulaziz Mashri 33 one who brings his provisions along in unknown regions. ’ ‘Good deeds,’ said Atiyya bin al-Sarawi, ‘are in that which God chooses. If we were to leave it aside, there would be no blame upon us. ’ 2 They knocked on the door of the most outlying house in the village. They knocked calmly and with confidence, like one who had been guaranteed of the excellence of their night’s resting place. ’ said a woman’s voice from behind the wooden door.