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Raymond Depardon: Our Farm Paperback – September 1, 2007

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dis Voir/ Actes Sud (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2742764151
  • ISBN-13: 978-2742764150
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,650,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Craveiro de Carvalho on May 18, 2009
I am one of those persons who tend to become rather sentimental when talking about one's elders, especially if they did everything they could so their offspring might have a better life. That is certainly one of the reasons why I liked this book so much.
The book is a tale about a farm and a little boy who did not want to become a farmer. It is quite understandable, quite a heavy work, only half a day's rest a week. There is a particularly touching passage - "A doctor from Grange-Blanche had told my brother that my father's generation had been worn out by work. My father left school when he was twelve to replace his father who had been drafted in the First World War."
The boy went on to become a basically self-taught photographer, ending up as a MAGNUM member. I do not thing one can get much higher.
On the other hand, we watch the farm declining. Progress led to its reduction in size and hard work made the present owner, the photographer's brother, to sell cattle and become a vegetable and fruit grower.
The little boy might not have wanted to become a farmer but he always felt and feels the need to go back and stay at length. Certainly out of love for his family but also for the place itself. He shows his concern on his brother's sadness that there is no one to take over after him.
The book consists of text portions and photographs, the latter being of past times and recent ones. The text is kept to a minimum and that is the way it should be. There are some misprints but, really, they are very minor ones.
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