The Way of a Gardener: A Life's Journey [NOOK Book]

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Accomplished novelist, satirist, and garden writer Des Kennedy describes his life journey from a childhood of strict Irish Catholicism in England to a charmed existence amid the gardens of his Gulf Island home in British Columbia. From his First Holy Communion to his days as a young seminarian, through the Beat poetry scene in New York and the social upheavals of the 1960s, this monk-turned-pilgrim pursues a quest for meaning and purpose. After leaving monastic life and moving west, Kennedy takes up a new ...
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The Way of a Gardener: A Life's Journey

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Overview


Accomplished novelist, satirist, and garden writer Des Kennedy describes his life journey from a childhood of strict Irish Catholicism in England to a charmed existence amid the gardens of his Gulf Island home in British Columbia. From his First Holy Communion to his days as a young seminarian, through the Beat poetry scene in New York and the social upheavals of the 1960s, this monk-turned-pilgrim pursues a quest for meaning and purpose. After leaving monastic life and moving west, Kennedy takes up a new vocation in what has been called the Church of the Earth. On a rural acreage, he and his partner build their home from recycled and hand-hewn materials and create gardens that provide food as well as a symbiosis with the Earth that is as profoundly spiritual as past religious rituals. Spiced with irreverence and an eye for the absurd, The Way of a Gardener ranges over environmental activism, aboriginal rights, writing for a living, amateur wood butchery, the protocols of small community living, and the devilish obscenity of a billy goat at stud.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553656234
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,352,919
  • File size: 428 KB

Meet the Author


Nominated three times for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, Des Kennedy is an accomplished novelist and satirist as well as a garden writer. He has lived for the past thirty-six years with his partner, Sandy, in their hand-hewn home on one of British Columbia's Gulf Islands. The author of countless magazine pieces and five previous books—two novels and three collections of essays, Kennedy has also made numerous TV and radio appearances and written for and narrated documentary films. A popular speaker on the gardening circuit, Kennedy has been active in the environmental scene for many years and was a founding director of a community land trust on his home island.
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Table of Contents

preface 11

1 Sanctuary 17

2 The New World 33

3 What Dragons Devour 45

4 Divinity and Poetry 67

5 The Taking of Vows 81

6 Exile 97

7 The West 117

8 Revelations 129

9 Homesteading 139

10 House Building 159

11 The Fate of the Earth 177

12 Dream Gardens 195

13 Words 211

14 Growing Your Own 223

15 Silence and Sounds 235

16 Dwelling Place of the Gods 245

17 Redemption 257

acknowledgments 271

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