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The farm Hardcover – 1933

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 346 pages
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (1933)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00005VVPZ
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,132,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Williams on September 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Farm is a beautiful story about the settling of America and about a love for the land. Told in narrative form, it traces the lives of several early settlers in north central Ohio over a period of about 100 years. The Farm presents a picture of how quickly life changed over those years due to immigration, industrialization and the evolution of democracy. This is a semi-autobiographical story by a writer who has been all but forgotten.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Ligtenberg VINE VOICE on June 3, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ASIN B0017L1TL0; Also ISBN 1888683333, ISBN 0451012607, ASIN B000MI08IY, ASIN B000GR7RYO, ASIN B000L1Y45K, ASIN B000MC7G1M, ASIN B000ON8RLM, ASIN B000VL3OS8, ASIN B001G0Y6K8, ASIN B001TE95DE, ASIN B0026PK3WW, ASIN B002HOYDUU, ASIN B002JMMO3S, ASIN B004JOV2HI, ASIN B004UNASVE, ASIN B00507LV38, ASIN B0000CIOFO, ASIN B001E2ZPSA

Johnny is of the last generation to live on The Farm, land owned and farmed by his family for over 100 years (about 1794, just after the Battle of Fallen Timbers, until about 1915, a year into WWI. A brief revisiting of the farm, twelve years later, extends the tale to the late 1920s). The story begins with him and his first memory of the farm, arriving in a horse-drawn sleigh in the winter, in his mother's lap. This very short lead-in is captivating, as the author describe the smallest details, from the odor of the old buffalo robe across their laps to the sound of the sleigh bells; from the moment the door opens and music pours out until he's warming in the Colonel's chair, a little terrified by all the adults, and "the grandmother" brings him a cookie.

If you're a jaded modern reader, you're probably going to expect the web Bromfield weaves to disappear immediately. That always happens in books, lots of pretty prose and evocative imagery to suck you in and then, bam, boring story that drags on forever without the least bit of eloquence. It doesn't happen here, I promise. In fact, the web merely draws you in further, instantly transitioning from Johnny to the Colonel, the ancestor whose chair Johnny occupies, and the farm as it was when that ancestor first set foot on it and began to build a family legacy that would both sustain and destroy their dreams.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elmore Hammes on August 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've been wanting to read a Bromfield novel ever since I saw a PBS special on him.

This was an interesting work, about fifty percent biography with rich scenery and descriptions of the lives of multiple generations of an Ohio family from the 1800's to the 1900's, and the other fifty percent scathing commentary on the destruction of the family farm by industrialists and politicians.

I think I enjoyed the PBS movie more, but this was still worth the time.
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