Saturday, July 31, 2010
A quote from John Stewart Collis's 'The Worm Forgives the Plough' (1973) - his observations and ruminations on agriculture after working on the land in England's South during World War 2:
When I got home I heard John Barbirolli conducting Beethoven's 'Seventh Symphony' over the air. What was agriculture for, it seemed to me, except that such a thing as that symphony and the playing of it should be made possible? To make bread so that it shall be possible for mankind to have more than bread and hear the scripture of the kings; to listen to a Beethoven, a Sibelius, a Tchaikovsky, uttering some far message to paradox and joy.
This book came recommended; it has had many reprints and the review on the link above is glowing. Have you read it? I think I'd enjoy it.
Pic: Arthur Rackham