Bromfield's next to last book, From My Experience (1955) introduced his readers to the Brazilian experiment of which his...

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STRANGERS IN THE VALLEY

Bromfield's next to last book, From My Experience (1955) introduced his readers to the Brazilian experiment of which his daughter writes glowingly here. Where the Bromfield book is uneven and largely technical and scientific, this story about the rehabilitation of a dying Brazilian fazenda is rich with the love of the earth, of growing things, of an intimate relation with nature. With her husband, Ellen Bromfield replicated the Malabar Farm project in the wilds of the Atibaica Valley in Brazil. The experience was a unique challenge. Aided by scores of Italians, Brazilians and Indians, the ambitious couple convert an eroded, uncivilized area to a productive happy community. Their progress is recorded along with warm anecdotes about the workers, the timid neighbors, the trilingual children and the competent managers. There is a contagious admiration for the plush and fertile beauty of earth and labor which may arouse the Louis Bromfield market.

Pub Date: Aug. 12, 1957

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Publisher: Dodd, Mead

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1957