COUNTRYMAN: A Summary of Belief by Hal Borland

COUNTRYMAN: A Summary of Belief

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Mr. Borland has written many books on the outdoors, and this absorbing concern with the influence of the natural environment on the ways of man offers the bedrock for this moving tribute to the cycle of the country year and its moral and spiritual legacy. From the knowing observation of a man living close to the soil, Mr. Borland roots his understanding of the nature of man -- the challenge answering that of the elements; the appreciation of mystery as in the stars; the sense of the inevitability of change as growth yields to decay and new life; faith, as the winter solstice is a test of faith; self-examination as February shuts in the mind upon itself; an acceptance of new beginnings as March ferments with new life and April persists. This lively essay does not consistently rest in the higher reaches, however. The author's conservationist fervor and rural proclivities shine sharply through, and the audience should extend from church to corn crib.

Publisher: Lippincott