Fallow's Field

Fallow's Field

by Dennis McKay

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ISBN-13: 9780595436521
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/17/2007
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.48(d)

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Fallow's Field 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
summersrun More than 1 year ago
Dennis McKay has given us a rare unveiling into an agrarian world rapidly slipping from view. His novel, Fallow's Field, is based on his travels throughout the wheatbelt, principally Kansas, and interviewing folks who remember the days of scythes and steam-powered threshing machines. Yes, we all leaf through the old albums and collections and marvel at the hours and hardships endured growing and harvesting America's early grain crops. Dennis puts flesh on those gray figures and brings their hopes, fears, loves and loses to life. He's peopled his work with some interesting characters: the durable Doc Auld; the flinty New Englander and proprietor of The Mercantile, Tharrington; the good-hearted and patient neighbors, Bill and Mildred Etheridge. But most pertinently, McKay has diagrammed how a young man hardened and sculpted by loss and despair, sheds his resentments and returns to loving the land, his calling, and the young woman, Lily, who kindles the hopes and dreams she'll share. I especially liked the "Men of Wheat" elements and those chapters describing the harvesting contest the local community organized. Cutting wheat by kerosene lanterns! I doubt any photographs exist of such a practice, but Dennis McKay describes it well: the endless hours, the backbreaking exhaustion, the relief and satisfaction when it's over and the grain safely in the bins. Add Fallow's Field to your collection. It fills those gaps on the shelf of Frontier Americana overlooked by novelists chasing Indian wars, lawless outposts, and cattle drives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The central theme of Fallows field is one of perseverance, will and the need to fulfill a dream. The Kansas wheat farm life was hard and not for the weak of spirit. The character's life, how it weaved through the tough years, the lessons learned, makes one uplifted and filled with the need to achieve what you would want in your life. Excellent visual scenery through words. You indeed feel included in Fallows Field. A great easy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author paints with words in describing midwest wheat farming at the turn of the 20th century. Vivid images easily come to mind from his depiction of the landscape, and the punishing and grueling 'but also rewarding' daily life of Ned Fallow, the story's protagonist. This backdrop sets the stage for developing the story's essential theme - the growth of Ned's character, this through his learning several well known life lessons. Ned evolves from a sullen, withdrawn, self-suffient person to someone who learns the benefits of intimate involvement in the lives of others - both the acceptance and giving of help, friendship, and love. Strongly recommend to all but especially young adults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story line of the time and place that the book takes in, made me wish that I could go back into that era and the life that Ned experienced. The book took me on an exiting journey, and I can't wait to read the author's next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the historical detail of life on the American plains.Life was harsh yet less complicated. I also enjoyed the characters and how Ned's perspective changes as he meets the women he falls in love with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading historical fiction and I also like reading to find out 'what happens next'. Fallow's Fields includes both elements - Kansas wheat farming early life plus the life and love of Ned Fallow.