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Gene Everlasting Author Gene Logsdon whom Wendell Berry once called the most experienced and best observer of agriculture we have has a notion That it is a little easier for gardeners and farmers to accept death than the rest of the populace Why Because every day farmers and gardeners help plants and animals begin life and help plants and animals end life They are intimately attuned to the food chain They understand how all living things are seated around a dining table eating while being eaten They realize that all of nature is in fluxGene Everlasting contains Logsdon's reflections by turns both humorous and heart wrenching on nature death and eternity all from a contrary farmer's perspective He recounts joys and tragedies from his childhood in the 1930s and '40s spent on an Ohio farm through adulthood and child raising all the way up to his recent bout with cancer always with an eye toward the lessons that farming has taught him about life and its mysteriesWhether his subject is parsnips pigweed immortality irises green burial buzzards or compound interest Logsdon generously applies as much heart and wit to his words as he does care and expertise to his fields

7 thoughts on “Gene Everlasting

  1. says:

    The flyleaf of this book says that with each story Logsdon keeps an eye toward the lessons that farming and his underlying connection to nature have taught him about life and its mysteries This is an apt description of the book and as such was very comforting to me in many respects My family owns a few acres in the country and I often get discouraged by chickweed that threatens to take over by animals that break our hearts by leaving the wo

  2. says:

    If at times Logsdon is uerulous and cranky as in especially the first few of these essays his prose mellows into an intelligent investigation of death aging and pastoral living Some of the best moments here are the personal admissions of vulnerability and joy and these really do redeem the book's occasional shortcomings especially its deliberately but underwhelmingly edgy take on science Other strong themes include the continued call for smal

  3. says:

    Laughing and crying the whole way through a must read

  4. says:

    This collection of essays is thought provoking poignant and optimistic Gene Logsdon is a farmer and these essays were composed after he was diagnosed with cancer and was facing his own mortality He writes with a straightforwardness toward death that is lacking in American society in general His perspective of death in nature and its role in the rejuvenation and continuation of life offers comfort to those who are unwilling or unable to find solac

  5. says:

    A collection of musings on mortality and legacies choices made or not We will miss his voice when he leaves us

  6. says:

    Could not read after the first chapter because of the extreme lack of scientific rigor so my review might be a little biased

  7. says:

    I enjoyed this meditation on death from the perspective of a farmer who lives intimately within the cycles of nature

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