[ [READ] The Worm Forgives the Plough ] AUTHOR John Stewart Collis – surreycoltscricket.co.uk
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is based around his experiences of working on a number of farms as an agricultural labourer based around his experiences of working on a number of farms as an agricultural labourer as a woodsman And it is a wonderful book it describes in minute detail various aspects of agricultural work and the complexities of relationships with his co workers with his sensory emotional and philosophical responses to his experiences Much feeling but little sentimentality he values machinery every bit as much as the life force in sprouting seeds He does enjoy
The Work But He Also Enjoys A work but he also enjoys a rest He conveys beautifully the satisfactions of a job well done By the time the book was published as one volume activities like hayricking were already gone yet the book feels completely in tune with the current zeitgeist Most of all he is an absolute master of litotes and has created a very groundedly spiritual but also very funny book A rural memoir par excellence Collis writes so beautifully the next best thing to a Time MachineI can do no better than to ote him I pulled myself together and went out into the pouring darkness and caught the bus and then took my bicycle for the final part of the journey I was soon passing our farmyard which ajoined the road There is was deserted silent a pocket of gloom a nonenity of a place something to pass by Was it really possible I asked myself that this slushy yard so humble so lacking in all the props and appointments of Power Was Yet The Foundation yet the foundation society Yet so it was Upon this fabric rested pon this was erected all that glittered and all that shone and I knew that the lighted palace from which I had come where the Figures paced on the polished floor and the Magicians emerged with food from behind the screens could not otherwise exist at all. Vety and wonder both at the workings of nature and the toughness of life on a farm Collis's thoughtful curiosity leads him to explore a broad variety of subjects from humorous sketches of the characters he works alongside to beautifully.
characters The Worm Forgives the PloughOne of the most beautiful autobiographies I have ever readA dazzling eye for the beauty of nature The story of an academic finding agricultural work during WW2 and observing and eye for the beauty of nature The story of an academic finding agricultural work during WW2 observing and to rural life sounds promising the cover artwork is beautiful too But I failed to connect with the author sounds promising and the cover artwork is beautiful too But I failed to connect with the author didn t tell me any of the things I wanted to know and I didn t finish it This book has been at the back of my mind for many years Around the time I moved to Coventry and acuired my first garden so did the Henry Doubleday Research Association later to become Garden Organic In all honesty a considerable part of the visiting attraction was tea and cake in the caf where we would often be joined by the founder Lawrence Hills who told me than I ever wanted to know about verticillium wilt in tomatoes However I read a good deal of his writing too and he mentioned the influence of this book which has such a wonderful title I was reminded of my interest when a new edition was flagged p to me on account of its beautiful cover by a favourite print maker of mine Angie LewinFor a book I always had a hunch would be a 5 star book I found it surprisingly heavy going at times This is in part because despite the glorious design of the exterior the book itself is crammed in densely to the extent that the last line on a page is often slightly clipped It is also fair to say that some of the themes have become much familiar from subseuent books on similar topics I was helped by a good introduction by Robert MacfarlaneCollis family evacuated to Canada in WWII and Collis chose instead of an Army post in his 40s to pursue a long held interest and contribute to the war effort by working on the land a rather singular species of Land Gi. The Poet among modern ecologists The TimesDuring the Second World War John Stewart Collis left his comfortable life as an academic to work on the land for the war effort His account of this time perfectly captures the city dweller's nai.
And The Two Carts Under The Shelterthe two carts nder the shelter peered at these things through the dreary dank of the dripping darkness with some intensity as if aware that here only in this place and in such guise could I find the roots of grandeur and the keys of lifeAnd because he s wonderful Since becoming submerged in the land the roots of grandeur and the keys of lifeAnd because he s wonderful Since becoming submerged in the land had freuently reflected pon how great is the difference between what the man on THE ROAD SEES AND THE MAN road sees and the man the field experiences From the road how delightful the sowing of that hundred acre stretch of land appears how calm how leisurelyEnter the field draw close The boss is in a state of great anxiety owing to the threat of rain the horse won t stand still without being yelled at the man bending over the sack is in difficulties about getting the grain into too small a bucket and is late in having the stuff ready to feed the approaching tractors the driver in front being in a great hurry because the driver behind is catching him Córka Robrojka (Jeżycjada, up the operations proceed against amidst flurry speed noise anxiety From the road how easy and pleasant it looks Yet here we must pause The man on the road does not see the immediate reality he does see something which they in the field do not see he knows something they do not know He sees the Whole He may see only enough to call it picturesueThe artist is the man on the road with visionHis task is to reveal the whole to those who are submerged in the part tonveil the harmony which is really on earth and thus lessen the burden of life Introduction Preface While Following the Plough Preface Down to Earth. Written pieces such as Contemplation Upon Ants The Mystery of Clouds Collouy on the Rick and celebrations of the earthworm the pea and potatoIncludes While Following the Plough 1946 and Down to Earth 1947Cover illustration by Angie Lew. ,