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I found this book strangely and profoundly moving. The story is told with such a simplicity and clarity that the depth of emotion conveyed by the text and kindled in the reader is not simple to account for. Is it the charming Oxford vernacular of Old Mont's voice? Is it his deep sense of belonging in a place, 'our Enstone'? Is it his contentment, his sense of humour that unmasks the fool, his quiet courage, his dogged self confidence, his love of the land, his unsentimental consideration of an a ...more
Apr 02, 2012 Pauline rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A tue story of Mont Abbot who lived in rural Enstone Oxfordshire at the turn of the last century. Life was harsh, but as Mont would say "Us'll get over it" His love and understanding of the land and animal's are of a time gone by. In my mind I trudged over the field's with him, felt the wind on my face,shared in his joy's and sorrows. Loved the land as he loved it, I was filled with admiration of his knowledge of country craft. THe World has moved on since Mont's time but not always for the bett ...more