Publisher description for The last of the husbandmen : a novel of farming life / Gene Logsdon.
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In The Last of the Husbandmen, Gene Logsdon looks to his own
roots in Ohio farming life to depict the personal triumphs and tragedies,
clashes and compromises, and abiding human character of American farming
families and communities. From the Great Depression, when farmers tilled
the fields with plow horses, to the corporate farms and government subsidy
programs of the present, this novel presents the complex transformation of a
livelihood and of a way of life.
Two friends, one rich by local standards, and the other of more modest means,
grow to manhood in a lifelong contest of will and character. In response to
many of the same circumstances--war, love, moonshining, the Klan, weather,
the economy--their different approaches and solutions to dealing with their
situations put them at odds with each other, but we are left with a deeper understanding
of the world that they have inherited and have chosen.
Part morality play and part personal recollection, The Last of the Husbandmen
is both a lighthearted look at the past and a profound statement about the
present state of farming life. It is also a novel that captures the spirit of those
who have chosen to work the land they love.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Farm life -- Fiction.
Farmers -- Fiction.
Rural families -- Fiction.
Ohio -- Rural conditions -- Fiction.