The Changing Landscape

The Changing Landscape : Salisbury, Connecticut

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  • Hardback | 204 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • 0195000684
  • 9780195000689

Review Text

In a series of essays spanning ten years (1956-66) and the various seasons, Mr. Rand rambles in and around the town of his boyhood, noting changes, asking questions, suggesting explanations. The first piece is by far the most interesting and substantial, an analysis of the changing landscape in terms of the revolution in dairy farming, the area's principal occupation, embracing both the care of Cows and the growing of their food, and involving the substance of life generally - making technicians of dirt farmers, mechanics of hired hands, aristocrats of cows; modifying the plant and animal population and the style of barns; reducing physical labor and contact with nature. The author returns to these themes in subsequent investigations (of flora and fauna and fish-management) and although he's the sort who capitalizes Welfare State he doesn't exploit sentimental nostalgia. One sortie across the state border to the Dutchess County Fair, where 4H and IBM meet, is immensely satisfying reportage - relaxed, precise, perceptive; a history of charcoal-burning and iron-making in the Salisbury area will be primarily of local interest. These appeared originally in The New Yorker and their multiplication of minute particulars is characteristic; sometimes the result is revealing, sometimes insinuating, sometimes numbing. (Kirkus Reviews)show more