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Posted October 22, 2005
An Above Average Read
Although pleasant reading, Masumoto's book offers little that hasn't been said already in countless other New Age books. The author uses his voice as a Japanese peach farmer masterfully (reminiscent of Juan Valdez or the Little Old Winemaker) and speaks warmly about his love of family and organic farming. When he attempts to wax philosophical, however, he is awkward ('When I farm or garden, I learn to fail without winners or losers') and at times he seems unsure of his book's purpose. Masumoto's writing is concise, easy and occasionally lyrical, but his use of the first person is amateurish--his unrelenting, line-by-line use of 'I', 'me' and 'my' make the book sound like a 200-page Last Will and Testament. Still, there are some interesting reflections on farming and occasional mixes of humor that make 'Epitaph' a better than average read.
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Posted March 8, 2013
This is a book to fall in love with. Masumoto is a very poetic w
This is a book to fall in love with. Masumoto is a very poetic writer -- you don't feel like you're reading a book about farming. He has a way of writing that can make you feel what he is feeling, with all of your senses. You can feel the heat or the lizard running up your leg, you can smell the clover and the peaches ripening, you can see the wild orchard he creates. This is a book that makes me want to drop everything to become a small-farm farmer. He frames work as a way of life that is inextricably meshed with family and home. It is a very beautiful book that I would highly recommend.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2012
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