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A Place on Earth

(1967)
(A book in the Port William Membership series)
A novel by

 
 
In A Place on Earth the central character is not a person but a place: Port William, Kentucky, and the farmlands and forests that surround it, and the Kentucky River that runs nearby. This is a region that Mr. Berry knows intimately, both with heart and mind, a region whose faults and virtues he has spent a lifetime studying. In this novel he reveals the deep marriage between the land and its people; as a key figure in the story, the farmer Mat Feltner, puts it, "The earth is the genius of our life. The final questions and answers lie serenely coupled in it."

So the rhythms of the novel are the rhythms of the land. The novel resonates with variations played on themes of change; looping transitions from war into peace, winter into spring, browning flood destruction into greening fields, absence into presence, lost into found. The style of the writing is exquisitely adapted to this varying subject, ranging from lyrical, reflective passages to ribald and rollicking farce -- but it is unified throughout by Wendell Berry's acute perception and delicate sensibility.

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Paperback Editions

May 2010 : Canada Paperback
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Title: A Place on Earth
Author(s): Wendell Berry
ISBN: 1-4587-5257-7 / 978-1-4587-5257-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
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May 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Place on Earth: A Novel
Author(s): Wendell Berry
ISBN: 1-58243-124-8 / 978-1-58243-124-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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October 1983 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Place On Earth
Author(s): Wendell Berry
ISBN: 0-86547-083-9 / 978-0-86547-083-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: North Point Press
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January 1982 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Place on Earth
Author(s): Wendell Berry
ISBN: 0-86547-044-8 / 978-0-86547-044-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: North Point Pr
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Audio Editions

January 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Place on Earth: A Novel
Author(s): Wendell Berry
Publisher: christianaudio.com
Availability: Amazon CA   


January 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Place on Earth: A Novel
Author(s): Wendell Berry
Publisher: christianaudio.com
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Place On Earth: A Novel
Author(s): Wendell Berry
ISBN: 1-59644-485-1 / 978-1-59644-485-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: christianaudio Fiction
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Kindle Editions

March 2009 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Place on Earth (Port William)
Author(s): Wendell Berry
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon CA