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10 thoughts on “The Farmer's Son: Calving Season on a Family Farm

  1. Diane Barnes Diane Barnes says:

    I m not sure why I requested this book from the library I ve never given much thought to cows and sheep, to cattle farming Maybe it was the Irish setting, or the title whatever, it came in and I sat down to read My thinking is that library books are all maybes With no cash investment, a boring book can be returned, no harm, no foul.But from the very first sentence, I m twenty nine and I ve never delivered a calf myself , I was captured by the Zen like writing and honesty of Connell s memoi I m not sure why I requested this book from the library I ve never given much thought to cows and sheep, to cattle farming Maybe it was the Irish setting, or the title whatever, it came in and I sat down to read My thinking is that library books are all maybes With no cash investment, a boring book can be returned, no harm, no foul.But from the very first sentence, I m twenty nine and I ve never delivered a calf myself , I was captured by the Zen like writing and honesty of Connell s memoir In simple poetic language, he tells us about the day to day life at Birchview, his family farm We get scraps of literature, music, the history of cows The Irish title is The Cow Book , allusions to his battle with depression, his difficult relationship with his father, and some hard won philosophy in the battle with nature It s a quiet little gem that I enjoyed very much.Thank you, Charleston County Library system Score one for you


  2. Trish at Between My Lines Trish at Between My Lines says:

    Look if you told me I d read a non fiction book about cows, and love it, I d laugh in your face But this book is not just a book about cows, or about life on a farm It s a book about life.Life full stop I identified with the family dynamics so much, and even felt a sigh of relief that it s not just our family that is so shy about expressing emotions.Poignantly told, it croons a love song to the pleasure of working with nature, but also pipes out a funeral dirge to the hardships of that same l Look if you told me I d read a non fiction book about cows, and love it, I d laugh in your face But this book is not just a book about cows, or about life on a farm It s a book about life.Life full stop I identified with the family dynamics so much, and even felt a sigh of relief that it s not just our family that is so shy about expressing emotions.Poignantly told, it croons a love song to the pleasure of working with nature, but also pipes out a funeral dirge to the hardships of that same life Being honest, I skipped some of the cow history chapters, but I gobbled up the story of everyday activity on the farm And the realistic highs and lows of being a member of a rural Irish family Sometime a book comes along, that s unconventional, and feels refreshingly different The Cow Book was that for me


  3. Jessica Thompson Jessica Thompson says:

    I m not into farming and so the history of cows went over my head But I loved this book because it was such an honest telling of John s life on the farm and made me feel proud to be from rural Longford.


  4. Maggie Maggie says:

    I had never heard of this author or book but got it from my library following recommendation by Easons.com My father and all of his family were dairy farmers in West Limerick I did not grow up on the farm but visited regularly and this so takes me back to my childhood I felt quite emotional reading it in parts due to the memories it returned to me Also as a practising midwife many of the birthing descriptions made so much sense to me This is such a lovely book describing the highs and lows o I had never heard of this author or book but got it from my library following recommendation by Easons.com My father and all of his family were dairy farmers in West Limerick I did not grow up on the farm but visited regularly and this so takes me back to my childhood I felt quite emotional reading it in parts due to the memories it returned to me Also as a practising midwife many of the birthing descriptions made so much sense to me This is such a lovely book describing the highs and lows of living on a farm The animals are central to the story as they should be I loved to hear of their characters and Vinny the dog The relationship between John and his parents and wider community is also lovely to watch Disagreement avoidance and reengagement are part of that cycle The writing has a simplistic and serene style making me feel relaxed, enabling me to remain with it throughout the book.The writer describes it warts and all which is so refreshing Its lovely to witness the joy and the heartache as in real life Reading this has been a joy Thank you John Connell for the gift of memories restored This will stay with me and I so highly recommend it


  5. Orlaith Orlaith says:

    I am familiar with the Longford countryside and even some of the people in it The book is evocative and brave He writes about his struggles with mental health, the rows with his father, his friendship with a priest and the control factories have over farming He also writes about why he does not eat pigmeat which I doubt makes him popular with piggery owners.


  6. Janet Janet says:

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it For fans of The Shepherd s Life, a poignant memoir and 1 Irish bestseller about a wayward son s return home to his family s farm, and how he found a new beginning in an age old worldFarming has been in John Connell s family for generations, but he never intended to follow in his father s fo I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it For fans of The Shepherd s Life, a poignant memoir and 1 Irish bestseller about a wayward son s return home to his family s farm, and how he found a new beginning in an age old worldFarming has been in John Connell s family for generations, but he never intended to follow in his father s footsteps Until, one winter, afterthan a decade away, he finds himself back on the farm.Connell records the hypnotic rhythm of the farming day cleaning the barns, caring for the herd, tending to sickly lambs, helping the cows give birth Alongside the routine events, there are the unforeseen moments when things go wrong when a calf fails to thrive, when a sheep goes missing, when illness breaks out and when an argument between father and son erupts and things are said that cannot be unsaid.The Farmer s Son is the story of a calving season and the story of a man who emerges from depression to find hope in the place he least expected to find it It is the story of Connell s life as a farmer, and of his relationship with the community of County Longford, with his faith, with the animals he tends, and, above all, with his father.This is an oddly compelling and readable book it is a wonderfully written memoir about the people we forget that make it possible for us to eat Seriously, if you ate today, thank a farmer I didn t expect that I would like it as much as I did but it was wonderfully written and totally enjoyable I imagine that my mom and her book club would love this book as well keep in mind its May 7, 2019 release date and buy it


  7. Bronwyn Mcloughlin Bronwyn Mcloughlin says:

    It helped that we were travelling through Ireland as I read this it was both an awakening for me, to the lives lived in the land around me, and an affirmation of the discoveries and experiences of our trip A very lyrical and considered exploration of one man s place within and without his family and community, and the strong bonds he has discovered lie very deep between them Beautiful and sad and real all at once.


  8. Linda Linda says:

    Sitting here in a world that seems to have gone mad pandemic, self isolation, economic collapse, racial unrest and riots, etc , what a pleasure it was to be able to lose myself for a day while reading about the life and times of an Irish writer farmer who was trying to regain his zen while immersed in animal husbandry at his family s rural farm in County Longford, Ireland, over the span of half a year The challenges he faced, the struggles, the exhaustion, the disappointments when things went Sitting here in a world that seems to have gone mad pandemic, self isolation, economic collapse, racial unrest and riots, etc , what a pleasure it was to be able to lose myself for a day while reading about the life and times of an Irish writer farmer who was trying to regain his zen while immersed in animal husbandry at his family s rural farm in County Longford, Ireland, over the span of half a year The challenges he faced, the struggles, the exhaustion, the disappointments when things went badly I could feel the pain he felt But his almost spiritual and emotional connection to his cows and sheep was palpable, and I was transported there during the uplifting times as well, and celebrated with him It s really a great book, and I recommend it to all lovers of Irish literature in particular, and to others looking for a change of pace and a trip to the countryside, away from the fray of everyday life that envelops most of us now But be advised things got messy and rather graphic in his descriptions of calf and lamb birthing This is a memoir, and he tells it like it really is, no holds barred


  9. Steve Steve says:

    Enjoyable, insightful, moving memoir of a season on an Irish family farm Connell is an aspiring young writer who left Ireland and worked in Australia and Canada before coming home to focus on writing but also to work the small family farm It s a portrait of a man falling in love with and learning to take pride in his people s traditional way of life, yet also struggling to get along with his father The two butt heads over the daily operations, and the fights, combined with some crises on the Enjoyable, insightful, moving memoir of a season on an Irish family farm Connell is an aspiring young writer who left Ireland and worked in Australia and Canada before coming home to focus on writing but also to work the small family farm It s a portrait of a man falling in love with and learning to take pride in his people s traditional way of life, yet also struggling to get along with his father The two butt heads over the daily operations, and the fights, combined with some crises on the farm, strain Connell to the breaking point.The writing is simple and clear, and when the author writes about the care of the animals the cows and sheep it really sings The book gives a great sense of the grueling, if poetic, daily toil of farming, the way farmers especially in this birthing season have to constantly be on the lookout for the life around them, alert to the slightest signs of disease, watchful for pregnancy, and you follow him as he makes the right call sometimes, and the wrong call others People interested in veterinary care would also enjoy this The author also mixes in some autobiography, rumination on culture and history, as well as short sections of facts about cows and agriculture His family s farm stands in notable contrast to the industrial farming dominant in America and elsewhere, a fact he takes understandable pride in And while Connell mixes in these brief sections of background, the balance is good it s never too much, and it breaks up the daily farm narrative nicely.This may not be a major book of the year, but it s an excellent book I m glad I read it I bought the Irish edition of this book while on vacation there I d wanted to see Ireland for many decades, so the trip was a dream come true , and this book was a great way to deepen my experiences driving through the beautiful Irish countryside and to satisfy my curiosity about the farming life I saw from a distance including the gorgeous livestock Fans of The Shepherd s Life by James Rebanks and modern nature writing in general will certainly enjoy this


  10. Sharon Sharon says:

    2.5 5 Rounded down to 2This is the story of a 29 year old Longford man who returned home to help out on his family farm after living and working abroad It covers January to June, which is calving season The author documents these couple of months and the ups and downs that come with them for farmers He balances the monotony of daily farm life with personal stories about his relationship with his father, how important neighbours are in rural Ireland, the connections farmers make with animals, 2.5 5 Rounded down to 2This is the story of a 29 year old Longford man who returned home to help out on his family farm after living and working abroad It covers January to June, which is calving season The author documents these couple of months and the ups and downs that come with them for farmers He balances the monotony of daily farm life with personal stories about his relationship with his father, how important neighbours are in rural Ireland, the connections farmers make with animals, how climate change and the Department affect farming There are also stories about the history of cows and how important they are in legends and lore.I don t think I m the intended audience for this, I know several people mentioned in the book I don t think it s possible to live in Longford and not know at least one of the Connells and I grew up in a farming community so for me the insight may not have been as special as it would be to someone who never set foot on a farm The repeated use of but instead of only annoyed me, I ve never heard anyone from Longford speak like that, but perhaps they do and I just haven t met them The other thing that I found broke the flow of the stories because they are all short stories and anecdotes, interconnected, rather than one cohesive novel was the repeated use of an old Irish word here and there followed by the explanation of the word I think the English translation interrupted the flow of the stories and may have been better suited to a glossary at the back I would have liked to know how some of the stories ended what ever happened to the one eyed dog I m glad a book like this exists, because I think it s important to have modern farming life documented, but I didn t really take anything from it myself, which is why I ve rated it 2.5, bang in the middle


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10 thoughts on “The Farmer's Son: Calving Season on a Family Farm

  1. Diane Barnes Diane Barnes says:

    I m not sure why I requested this book from the library I ve never given much thought to cows and sheep, to cattle farming Maybe it was the Irish setting, or the title whatever, it came in and I sat down to read My thinking is that library books are all maybes With no cash investment, a boring book can be returned, no harm, no foul.But from the very first sentence, I m twenty nine and I ve never delivered a calf myself , I was captured by the Zen like writing and honesty of Connell s memoi I m not sure why I requested this book from the library I ve never given much thought to cows and sheep, to cattle farming Maybe it was the Irish setting, or the title whatever, it came in and I sat down to read My thinking is that library books are all maybes With no cash investment, a boring book can be returned, no harm, no foul.But from the very first sentence, I m twenty nine and I ve never delivered a calf myself , I was captured by the Zen like writing and honesty of Connell s memoir In simple poetic language, he tells us about the day to day life at Birchview, his family farm We get scraps of literature, music, the history of cows The Irish title is The Cow Book , allusions to his battle with depression, his difficult relationship with his father, and some hard won philosophy in the battle with nature It s a quiet little gem that I enjoyed very much.Thank you, Charleston County Library system Score one for you

  2. Trish at Between My Lines Trish at Between My Lines says:

    Look if you told me I d read a non fiction book about cows, and love it, I d laugh in your face But this book is not just a book about cows, or about life on a farm It s a book about life.Life full stop I identified with the family dynamics so much, and even felt a sigh of relief that it s not just our family that is so shy about expressing emotions.Poignantly told, it croons a love song to the pleasure of working with nature, but also pipes out a funeral dirge to the hardships of that same l Look if you told me I d read a non fiction book about cows, and love it, I d laugh in your face But this book is not just a book about cows, or about life on a farm It s a book about life.Life full stop I identified with the family dynamics so much, and even felt a sigh of relief that it s not just our family that is so shy about expressing emotions.Poignantly told, it croons a love song to the pleasure of working with nature, but also pipes out a funeral dirge to the hardships of that same life Being honest, I skipped some of the cow history chapters, but I gobbled up the story of everyday activity on the farm And the realistic highs and lows of being a member of a rural Irish family Sometime a book comes along, that s unconventional, and feels refreshingly different The Cow Book was that for me

  3. Jessica Thompson Jessica Thompson says:

    I m not into farming and so the history of cows went over my head But I loved this book because it was such an honest telling of John s life on the farm and made me feel proud to be from rural Longford.

  4. Maggie Maggie says:

    I had never heard of this author or book but got it from my library following recommendation by Easons.com My father and all of his family were dairy farmers in West Limerick I did not grow up on the farm but visited regularly and this so takes me back to my childhood I felt quite emotional reading it in parts due to the memories it returned to me Also as a practising midwife many of the birthing descriptions made so much sense to me This is such a lovely book describing the highs and lows o I had never heard of this author or book but got it from my library following recommendation by Easons.com My father and all of his family were dairy farmers in West Limerick I did not grow up on the farm but visited regularly and this so takes me back to my childhood I felt quite emotional reading it in parts due to the memories it returned to me Also as a practising midwife many of the birthing descriptions made so much sense to me This is such a lovely book describing the highs and lows of living on a farm The animals are central to the story as they should be I loved to hear of their characters and Vinny the dog The relationship between John and his parents and wider community is also lovely to watch Disagreement avoidance and reengagement are part of that cycle The writing has a simplistic and serene style making me feel relaxed, enabling me to remain with it throughout the book.The writer describes it warts and all which is so refreshing Its lovely to witness the joy and the heartache as in real life Reading this has been a joy Thank you John Connell for the gift of memories restored This will stay with me and I so highly recommend it

  5. Orlaith Orlaith says:

    I am familiar with the Longford countryside and even some of the people in it The book is evocative and brave He writes about his struggles with mental health, the rows with his father, his friendship with a priest and the control factories have over farming He also writes about why he does not eat pigmeat which I doubt makes him popular with piggery owners.

  6. Janet Janet says:

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it For fans of The Shepherd s Life, a poignant memoir and 1 Irish bestseller about a wayward son s return home to his family s farm, and how he found a new beginning in an age old worldFarming has been in John Connell s family for generations, but he never intended to follow in his father s fo I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it For fans of The Shepherd s Life, a poignant memoir and 1 Irish bestseller about a wayward son s return home to his family s farm, and how he found a new beginning in an age old worldFarming has been in John Connell s family for generations, but he never intended to follow in his father s footsteps Until, one winter, afterthan a decade away, he finds himself back on the farm.Connell records the hypnotic rhythm of the farming day cleaning the barns, caring for the herd, tending to sickly lambs, helping the cows give birth Alongside the routine events, there are the unforeseen moments when things go wrong when a calf fails to thrive, when a sheep goes missing, when illness breaks out and when an argument between father and son erupts and things are said that cannot be unsaid.The Farmer s Son is the story of a calving season and the story of a man who emerges from depression to find hope in the place he least expected to find it It is the story of Connell s life as a farmer, and of his relationship with the community of County Longford, with his faith, with the animals he tends, and, above all, with his father.This is an oddly compelling and readable book it is a wonderfully written memoir about the people we forget that make it possible for us to eat Seriously, if you ate today, thank a farmer I didn t expect that I would like it as much as I did but it was wonderfully written and totally enjoyable I imagine that my mom and her book club would love this book as well keep in mind its May 7, 2019 release date and buy it

  7. Bronwyn Mcloughlin Bronwyn Mcloughlin says:

    It helped that we were travelling through Ireland as I read this it was both an awakening for me, to the lives lived in the land around me, and an affirmation of the discoveries and experiences of our trip A very lyrical and considered exploration of one man s place within and without his family and community, and the strong bonds he has discovered lie very deep between them Beautiful and sad and real all at once.

  8. Linda Linda says:

    Sitting here in a world that seems to have gone mad pandemic, self isolation, economic collapse, racial unrest and riots, etc , what a pleasure it was to be able to lose myself for a day while reading about the life and times of an Irish writer farmer who was trying to regain his zen while immersed in animal husbandry at his family s rural farm in County Longford, Ireland, over the span of half a year The challenges he faced, the struggles, the exhaustion, the disappointments when things went Sitting here in a world that seems to have gone mad pandemic, self isolation, economic collapse, racial unrest and riots, etc , what a pleasure it was to be able to lose myself for a day while reading about the life and times of an Irish writer farmer who was trying to regain his zen while immersed in animal husbandry at his family s rural farm in County Longford, Ireland, over the span of half a year The challenges he faced, the struggles, the exhaustion, the disappointments when things went badly I could feel the pain he felt But his almost spiritual and emotional connection to his cows and sheep was palpable, and I was transported there during the uplifting times as well, and celebrated with him It s really a great book, and I recommend it to all lovers of Irish literature in particular, and to others looking for a change of pace and a trip to the countryside, away from the fray of everyday life that envelops most of us now But be advised things got messy and rather graphic in his descriptions of calf and lamb birthing This is a memoir, and he tells it like it really is, no holds barred

  9. Steve Steve says:

    Enjoyable, insightful, moving memoir of a season on an Irish family farm Connell is an aspiring young writer who left Ireland and worked in Australia and Canada before coming home to focus on writing but also to work the small family farm It s a portrait of a man falling in love with and learning to take pride in his people s traditional way of life, yet also struggling to get along with his father The two butt heads over the daily operations, and the fights, combined with some crises on the Enjoyable, insightful, moving memoir of a season on an Irish family farm Connell is an aspiring young writer who left Ireland and worked in Australia and Canada before coming home to focus on writing but also to work the small family farm It s a portrait of a man falling in love with and learning to take pride in his people s traditional way of life, yet also struggling to get along with his father The two butt heads over the daily operations, and the fights, combined with some crises on the farm, strain Connell to the breaking point.The writing is simple and clear, and when the author writes about the care of the animals the cows and sheep it really sings The book gives a great sense of the grueling, if poetic, daily toil of farming, the way farmers especially in this birthing season have to constantly be on the lookout for the life around them, alert to the slightest signs of disease, watchful for pregnancy, and you follow him as he makes the right call sometimes, and the wrong call others People interested in veterinary care would also enjoy this The author also mixes in some autobiography, rumination on culture and history, as well as short sections of facts about cows and agriculture His family s farm stands in notable contrast to the industrial farming dominant in America and elsewhere, a fact he takes understandable pride in And while Connell mixes in these brief sections of background, the balance is good it s never too much, and it breaks up the daily farm narrative nicely.This may not be a major book of the year, but it s an excellent book I m glad I read it I bought the Irish edition of this book while on vacation there I d wanted to see Ireland for many decades, so the trip was a dream come true , and this book was a great way to deepen my experiences driving through the beautiful Irish countryside and to satisfy my curiosity about the farming life I saw from a distance including the gorgeous livestock Fans of The Shepherd s Life by James Rebanks and modern nature writing in general will certainly enjoy this

  10. Sharon Sharon says:

    2.5 5 Rounded down to 2This is the story of a 29 year old Longford man who returned home to help out on his family farm after living and working abroad It covers January to June, which is calving season The author documents these couple of months and the ups and downs that come with them for farmers He balances the monotony of daily farm life with personal stories about his relationship with his father, how important neighbours are in rural Ireland, the connections farmers make with animals, 2.5 5 Rounded down to 2This is the story of a 29 year old Longford man who returned home to help out on his family farm after living and working abroad It covers January to June, which is calving season The author documents these couple of months and the ups and downs that come with them for farmers He balances the monotony of daily farm life with personal stories about his relationship with his father, how important neighbours are in rural Ireland, the connections farmers make with animals, how climate change and the Department affect farming There are also stories about the history of cows and how important they are in legends and lore.I don t think I m the intended audience for this, I know several people mentioned in the book I don t think it s possible to live in Longford and not know at least one of the Connells and I grew up in a farming community so for me the insight may not have been as special as it would be to someone who never set foot on a farm The repeated use of but instead of only annoyed me, I ve never heard anyone from Longford speak like that, but perhaps they do and I just haven t met them The other thing that I found broke the flow of the stories because they are all short stories and anecdotes, interconnected, rather than one cohesive novel was the repeated use of an old Irish word here and there followed by the explanation of the word I think the English translation interrupted the flow of the stories and may have been better suited to a glossary at the back I would have liked to know how some of the stories ended what ever happened to the one eyed dog I m glad a book like this exists, because I think it s important to have modern farming life documented, but I didn t really take anything from it myself, which is why I ve rated it 2.5, bang in the middle

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