Rural life in literature

Derek A Peterson
Derek A Peterson
@derek-a-peterson
one month ago
46 posts

“The the street was quiet again. Country quiet.

That's partly what took city natives like the Whitlams by surprise, Falk thought: the quiet. He could understand them seeking out the idyllic country lifestyle, a lot of people did. The idea had an enticing, wholesome glow when it was weighed out from the back of a traffic jam, or while crammed into a gardenless apartment. They all had the same visions of breathing fresh clean air and knowing their neighbors. The kids would eat home-grown veggies and learn the value of an honest day's work.

On arrival, as the empty moving truck disappeared form sight, they looked around and were always taken aback by the crushing vastness of the open land. The space was the thing that hit them first. There was so much of it. There was enough to drown in. To look out and see not another soul between you and the horizon could be a strange and disturbing sight.

Soon, they discovered that the veggies didn't grow as willingly as they had in the city window box. That every single green shoot had to be coaxed and prized from the reluctant soil, and the neighbors were too busy doing the same on an industrial scale to muster much cheer in their greetings. There was no daily bumper-to-bumper commute, but there was also nowhere much to drive to.

Falk didn't blame the Whitlams, he'd seen it many times before when he was a kid. The arrivals looked around at the barrenness and the scale and the sheer bloody hardness of the land, and before long their faces all said exactly the same thing. "I didn't know it was like this."

He turned away, remembering how the rawness of local life had seeped into the kids' paintings at the school. Sad faces and brown landscapes.”
Jane Harper, The Dry

Derek A Peterson
Derek A Peterson
@derek-a-peterson
one month ago
46 posts

“What was one to do, thought Adela, with someone who didn't talk gardening or dogs - those standbys of rural conversation.”
Agatha Christie, Taken at the Flood

Angie K
Angie K
@angie-k
4 weeks ago
8 posts

This reminds me of our daughter and her husband who both grew up in the rural community and thought the city life would be MUCH better.  They couldn't wait to get out of here.  They lived in a suburb of Indianapolis. Then they lived in a suburb of Columbus, OH.  Then a suburb of Denver, CO.  Back to Indiana to a city center near Indianapolis again.  Now they are back in the rural community and can't figure out why they ever left.  They don't regret their adventures, but they never found home to be so much a home as the rural community where you can see the stars and hear the crickets at night.

Derek A Peterson
Derek A Peterson
@derek-a-peterson
4 weeks ago
46 posts

[quote="Angie K"]

This reminds me of our daughter and her husband who both grew up in the rural community and thought the city life would be MUCH better.  They couldn't wait to get out of here.  They lived in a suburb of Indianapolis. Then they lived in a suburb of Columbus, OH.  Then a suburb of Denver, CO.  Back to Indiana to a city center near Indianapolis again.  Now they are back in the rural community and can't figure out why they ever left.  They don't regret their adventures, but they never found home to be so much a home as the rural community where you can see the stars and hear the crickets at night.

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I wonder about my own journey - I NEVER thought that I'd end up, back on this farm. Perhaps some of us became more attached to HOME when we were young? Perhaps some of us are hard-wired for the mysteries of rural life? I really do wonder.

I do know that it is easier to be here, on the farm, and NOT TO HAVE TO WORK the farm. ;-)

Derek A Peterson
Derek A Peterson
@derek-a-peterson
4 weeks ago
46 posts

While not in literature, I found this YouTube video heart warming this morning... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVZLbtU-rVE

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