Book Review: Fields Without Dreams

Edge Induced Cohesion

Fields Without Dreams:  Defending The Agrarian Idea, by Victor Davis Hanson

Despite my mixed feelings about the author’s work, I find that he is rarely if ever more appealing than when he is talking about his life as a farmer.  Coming as I do from an agrarian background on my father’s side of the family [1], there is a lot to relate to here.  This book is somewhat of a memoir of the lack of success in farming for Hanson’s own family farm operation and that of his neighbors, and while I admittedly know little about raisin farming (although more than enough to know that raisins do not have their own trees–a frequent joke about clueless city folk that the author makes in this book), this book does give a good understanding of the struggles faced by him and those who like him are quixotically devoted to farming in spite…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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