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By Wallace Kaufman

"An soaking up, unflinching, and strangely comedian account of the way one man-a committed father-withdrew from the realm and progressively again. it truly is as clever and instructive because it is compelling."-Reynolds PriceIn 1974 Wallace Kaufman, following the romantic imaginative and prescient of an easier existence in concord with nature he first glimpsed in Thoreau's Walden, moved directly to his personal land by way of a small movement within the North Carolina woods. Now, twenty-five years later, he emerges to inform a story a bit of assorted from Thoreau's-an pleasing, relocating, and quite late-twentieth-century tale of a lifestyles lived within the wild as landowner, environmentally wakeful developer, builder, farmer, conservationist, wasteland steward. His love of nature and his dedication to maintaining it by no means waver, at the same time he tells his occasionally hilarious, occasionally catastrophic tales of the way to reside with nature even if nature isn't really too a fan of residing with you.

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Maybe no one else notices them. The edges have softened and grass and moss grow on the dirt left in them. To me they are like small grave markers, like the crosses people put up along the road where a friend or relative perished. These piles, however, are the thing that perished, several acres of old forest diminished to rubble. Each pile was also a lumpish grave for my lost innocence. Fortunately, money worries gave me no time to grieve. I had made the most common mistake in all new businesses: I had underestimated the costs of making a profit.

I asked if we could bury them. He looked around for no more than a few seconds. "You ain't got no place to bury them unless you want us to clear some spaces and dig holes. That'll cost you and we'll only have more stuff Armageddon j 45 to bury," he said. "We can push 'em off into the woods. " I could hear his machines revving up on the state road. The four big diesels together sounded like distant thunder. They were his machines, and he was the field general, but I was the commander-in-chief.

In those days we were reading Kipling's JwngJe Boole and Bomba the Jtmgfe Boy and watching Tarzan movies, and we planned to head for real jungle and have a farm with panthers and monkeys. Art's dream, or a version of it, came true for a few years when he managed a dairy and apple farm by Lake Erie, For a brief day or two, I imagined I was creating the path to my part of that dream. Buddy jourdain, Jernigan's bulldozer operator, was a big man who wore loose coveralls over a round belly. His hair had thinned to a monk's fringe below a bald pate.

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