Logsdon writes about contemporary farming issues with quaint elegance, good humor and rich detail in this novel set in the rustic village of Gowler, Ohio. Ben Bump grows up poor and of immigrant parents, while his boyhood friend Emmett Gowler is from the village founder's affluent family. Logsdon explores different agricultural methods and philosophies that highlight the benefits of Ben's frugal organic approach over Emmett's greedy agribusiness. A few lively subplots—Ben's sister's sparring with Emmett, the defrocking of the local KKK—offset the preachy overtones and the welter of arguments advocating the family farm. Full-bodied characters and the fecund Midwest setting also help to propel Logsdon's narrative about a disappearing way of life. (Mar.)
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In The Last of the Husbandmenas in everything Gene Logsdon writes wit is the nurse crop to wisdom. With a conclusion as comical as it is hopeful, this latest book is equal parts entertainment and enlightenmentjust what we’ve come to expect from Mr. Logsdon.”
Michael Perry, author of Truck: A Love Story
Gene Logsdon remains as truetoform in his fiction as he does in his nonfiction.
this book was maybe as valuable a read as any of his books, not for the instruction, but for scope and perspective on a life lived tied down’ to a place.”
The Englewood Review of Books
One finds humor, hijinx aplenty, and even romance, but it would be a mistake to overlook the serious implications of The Last of the Husbandmen. Aptly subtitled A Novel of Farming Life, the novel at times reads like a narrative of American agriculture in the decades following World War II.”
Rich Tomsu, Rich Gardens Organic Farm
The Last of the Husbandmen proves quite entertaining, especially for anyone who has ever spent much time on a farm.
(Logsdon) covers many of the issues so important to Ohio farmers during that period, including the consolidation of rural school districts, the competition for shrinking agricultural land, inheritance taxes, overproduction, and even organic agriculture, while never losing the human element in the story.”
Mansfield News Journal
Logsdon writes about contemporary farming issues with quaint elegance, good humor and rich detail in this novel set in the rustic village of Gowler, Ohio.
A few lively subplots
help to propel Logsdon's narrative about a disappearing way of life.”
The Last of the Husbandmen reads like a parable. Emmet is the grasshopper, fiddling with crazy schemes that lead to disaster. Ben is the ant, steady and industrious, storing away the fruit of his labors to keep him happy and warm all winter.
This uplifting book had a few surprises.
Logsdon pulls out all the stops for a drunken funeral that would do Lake Wobegon proud.”
Dayton Daily News
The characters in Gene Logsdon’s The Last of the Husbandmen hear a song the modern ear cannot hear. Yes, this fascinating story suggests, you must listen closely, but maybe, just maybe, the music will play on.”
Steve Zender, publisher, The Progressor Times