That Distant Land is a bit different in that this book is really a collection of short stories rather than one coherent narrative (but Port William fans will recognize quite a few reoccurring members and events that better explain the membership).
My favorite (poetic) quote reads, “It was a long walk because we had to go around the inlets of the backwater that lay in every swag and hollow. Way off, now and again, we could hear the owls. Once we startled a deer and stood still while it plunged away into the shadows. And always we were walking among the flowers. I wanted to keep thinking that they were like stars, but after a while I could not think so. They were not like stars. They did not have that hard, distant glitter. And yet in their pale, peaceful way, they shone. They collected their little share of light and gave it back” (p.369).
Overall, this work was my least favorite to date – but far from disappointing. I would just recommend that readers first explore the other two above mentioned books in order to add depth and description to this specific collection of stories.
Any Wendell Berry fans want to point me to your favorite work to pick up next? Just keep in mind that I might take a bit of a break before revisiting the Port . . . .