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Trauma farm : a rebel history of rural life /
Brian Brett.
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Vancouver : Greystone Books, c2009.
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373 p.
ISBN
9781553654742 :
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imprint
Vancouver : Greystone Books, c2009.
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9781553654742 :
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6981530
 
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, CAN, 2010 : Nominated
Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, CAN, 2010 : Nominated
Reviews
Review Quotes
" Trauma Farmis a passionate memoir of life on a small farm. Brian Brettrants and raves, bringing us his own version of guns and roses in the guise of wisdom and wit. A great book that asks the reader to read it and then joyfully read it again."
"A wonderful meditation on farm life and by extension life itself ...told intelligently and often humorously, by a writer with a welcome fresh sharp eye." Peter Matthiessen, author ofShadow Countryandthe Snow Leopard "a superb, wise, witty, and vivid weave of barnyard tales with deep insights into the fraught symbiosis of animals, plants, and man" Ronald Wright, author ofA Short History of Progress "a touching and tender memoir, at once humorous and profound, filled with wonderful insights about life as a poet and accidental farmer" Wade Davis, National Geographic Explorer in Residence and author ofOne RiverandThe Serpent and the Rainbow "[Brett] comes with the gumboot poet's fearless tongue to speak truth to those who would reduce the life-and-death work of farming into a pastoral idyll. ...If it's hope you're looking for, you'll find it in the fortifying madness of Trauma Farm" James MacKinnon, author ofPlenty(akaThe 100-Mile Diet)
" Brettsuccessfully maintains a delicate balance between broader, abstract issues: the global and historic context, and personal anecdote: the concrete, day-to-day details of operating a small farm on Saltspring Island, BC."
"In this gloriously detailed memoir, Brettbrings us into life on his small working farm on Saltspring Island. A gorgeously thoughtful meditation on the natural world."
"It's easy to sympathize with Brett's world view. He represents the David of small farms against the Goliath of corporate agriculture."
"Luxurious prose, striking imagery, and a sampling of his poems add to the tone and flavour of his book, thus making it eminently deserving of the 2010 Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award (BC Book Prizes).î"
"""The work was hard, the pay was lousy, it was utter chaos, and I loved it. Brett would call that farming. Trauma Farm is a memoir and a natural history of small farms, rural life, biology, barnyards and botany set on an 18-year-long day. It begins and ends with Brett biblically and literally naked in the dark in the garden and poetically zigzags through time and place."""
"Bretthangs meditations of farm life, observations on biology and botany, and musings about the modern world on this Joycean structure. His writing is so vivid, the observations so telling, that a reader can virtually feel the smooth heft of a collected egg in the palm of a hand or hear the goofy, honking dawn call of the peacock."
" Brettneither champions the rural, pastoral cliches nor flinches in the face of the brutality of the natural world. Instead, he simply offers a deeply personal meditation on life on his small mixed farm...he leads the reader on a joyful, shocking, funny and absurdist journey that revels in the beauty of the smallest events."
"Bretthangs meditations of farm life, observations on biology and botany, and musings about the modern world on this Joycean structure. His writing is so vivid, the observations so telling, that a reader can virtually feel the smooth heft of a collected egg in the palm of a hand or hear the goofy, honking dawn call of the peacock. "
" Bretthangs meditations of farm life, observations on biology and botany, and musings about the modern world on this Joycean structure. His writing is so vivid, the observations so telling, that a reader can virtually feel the smooth heft of a collected egg in the palm of a hand or hear the goofy, honking dawn call of the peacock."
" Brett's wit and giddy ambivalence makes this account a stretch more provocative than similar rural memoirs, and an altogether compelling read."
"The work was hard, the pay was lousy, it was utter chaos, and I loved it. Brettwould call that farming. Trauma Farmis a memoir and a natural history of small farms, rural life, biology, barnyards and botany set on an 18-year-long day. It begins and ends with Brett biblically and literally naked in the dark in the garden and poetically zigzags through time and place."
"A wonderful meditation on farm life and by extension life itself ...told intelligently and often humorously, by a writer with a welcome fresh sharp eye." Peter Matthiessen, author of Shadow Country and the Snow Leopard "a superb, wise, witty, and vivid weave of barnyard tales with deep insights into the fraught symbiosis of animals, plants, and man" Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress "a touching and tender memoir, at once humorous and profound, filled with wonderful insights about life as a poet and accidental farmer" Wade Davis, National Geographic Explorer in Residence and author of One River and The Serpent and the Rainbow "[Brett] comes with the gumboot poet's fearless tongue to speak truth to those who would reduce the life-and-death work of farming into a pastoral idyll. ...If it's hope you're looking for, you'll find it in the fortifying madness of Trauma Farm" James MacKinnon, author of Plenty (aka The 100-Mile Diet) "...It is a striking, stunning book, easily one of the best of the year." National Post
" Trauma Farmis a touching and tender memoir, at once humorous and profound, filled with wonderful insights about life as a poet and accidental farmer in what will always be, for Brian Brettespecially, the gentle rainforests of home."
"You can taste the food he describes, feel the cool morning air on naked skin, smell the dogs and feel the mud. Brettreads almost as an invitation, a provocation, to make the natural, rooted, harmonious existence our own in whatever small ways we can."
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" An irreverent and illuminating journey through a day in the life of the affectionately named Trauma Farm, with numerous side trips into the natural history of farming. Beginning naked in darkness, Brian Brett moves from the tending of livestock, poultry, orchards, gardens, machinery, and fields to the social intricacies of rural communities and, finally, to an encounter with a magnificent deer in the silver moonlight of a magical farm field. Brett understands both tall tales and rigorous science as he explores the small mixed farm-meditating on the perfection of the egg and the nature of soil while also offering a scathing critique of agribusiness and the horror of modern slaughterhouses. Whether discussing the uses and misuses of gates, examining the energy of seeds, or bantering with his family, farm hands, and neighbours, he remains aware of the miracles of life, birth, and death that confront the rural world every day. Trauma Farm tells a story that's poetic, passionate, practical, and frequently hilarious, providing an unforgettable portrait of one farm and our separation from the natural world, as well as a common-sense analysis of rural life. "
Main Description
An irreverent and illuminating journey through a day in the life of the affectionately named Trauma Farm, with numerous side trips into the natural history of farming. Beginning naked in darkness, Brian Brettmoves from the tending of livestock, poultry, orchards, gardens, machinery, and fields to the social intricacies of rural communities and, finally, to an encounter with a magnificent deer in the silver moonlight of a magical farm field. Brettunderstands both tall tales and rigorous science as he explores the small mixed farm-meditating on the perfection of the egg and the nature of soil while also offering a scathing critique of agribusiness and the horror of modern slaughterhouses. Whether discussing the uses and misuses of gates, examining the energy of seeds, or bantering with his family, farm hands, and neighbours, he remains aware of the miracles of life, birth, and death that confront the rural world every day. Trauma Farmtells a story that's poetic, passionate, practical, and frequently hilarious, providing an unforgettable portrait of one farm and our separation from the natural world, as well as a common-sense analysis of rural life.

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