Return the Innocent Earth: A Novel

Return the Innocent Earth: A Novel

by Wilma Dykeman
     
 

In a novel even more timely now than when it first appeared, Wilma Dykeman interweaves past and present. The Clayburn family perseveres to create a canning company in the Great Smoky Mountains of the South at the turn of the last century, while in the present, Clayburn descendant Jon struggles against cousin and company-head Stull's amoral vision. This struggle

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In a novel even more timely now than when it first appeared, Wilma Dykeman interweaves past and present. The Clayburn family perseveres to create a canning company in the Great Smoky Mountains of the South at the turn of the last century, while in the present, Clayburn descendant Jon struggles against cousin and company-head Stull's amoral vision. This struggle unfolds during a crisis involving the testing of a new spray to retard growth of vegetables on the vine. Her rich variety of characters dramatizes how society and the individual can achieve a mutual understanding in the context of nature and the community.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A saga about three generations of an agrarian family first published in 1973. (Nov.)
Wendell Berry
This book is about the growth of an agrarian family enterprise into a modern industrial corporation, a juggernaut that destroys its origins for the sake of profit. Wilma Dykeman has both studied and imagines this evolution, and she understands it fully. But her book is as moving and necessary as it is because she understands also how conscience may (triumphantly, if uncertainly) survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781884450013
Publisher:
Wakestone Books
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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