This is a collection of stories diverse in subject, but sutured together by the limitless affection the author holds for the land and the people of New England. Donald Hall tells about life on a small farm where, as a boy, he spent summers with his grandparents. Gradually the boy grows to be a young man, sees his grandparents aging, the farm become marginal, and finally, the cows sold and the barn abandoned. But these are more than nostalgic memories, for in the measured and tender prose of each episode are signs of the end of things - a childhood, perhaps a culture. In an Epilogue written for this edition, Donald Hall describes his return to the farm twenty-five years later, to live the rest of his life in the house of string.
We take pleasure in bringing back into print this classic account of boyhood summers in old New England, with the addition of an Epilogue and an album of family snapshots.
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String Too Short to Be Saved: Recollections of Summers on a New England Farm based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
FOr those of us not blessed to have grown along with the boy, then the man...a small way to hold him and those he loved near to our own hearts...and to share in some way a life most of us never encountered.
The title fit the book. If you like nostalgia and you like to picture and savor what is being said, you will enjoy this book. It was calming with bits of humor and makes you appreciate not so much what we have today but what and how it was like way back then. It held my interest to the end.