Monday, August 29, 2011
Book Review: Sprung from the Soil by David Madden
A childhood field trip to Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) inspired poet and author David Madden to develop his love of United States history. In this touching tribute, Madden shares 33 poems that take readers on a journey through OSV that leave you feeling like you've just paid them a visit.
I have visited Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts numerous times. I'm also a huge lover of American history. So when the author asked me to review Sprung from the Soil I was delighted.
With few exceptions, Madden has laid this beautiful poetry collection out in the order one would take walking through OSV. Sprung from the Soil, like the village it pays tribute to, takes us back to a time long forgotten; a time where televisions, computers, twenty-four hour news, and cell phones weren't even in the imaginations of Massachusetts residents. These were simpler times when children ran around barefoot unless going to church; where towns gathered in their meetinghouses; where apples were crushed into juice by mill stones and fermented into cider for Thanksgiving, and the blacksmith was a vital member of the community.
Madden celebrates this early America in every moving word of each verse. He paints OSV in the reader's mind, as vividly as the included artwork by Ian Newbury. His watercolor illustrations are stunning. From the Fenno House to the Thompson Bank, and from the Fitch House to the Saw Mill, Newbury's artwork is the perfect complement to Madden's lyrical prose.
Sprung from the Soil captures the importance of man living one with the land and the strength of a fine community. I would share this book with a friend, but I adore it too much to let it go. I know I'll be reading it again soon.
Title: Sprung from the Soil
Author: David Madden
Publisher: Garden Patch Books
Look for a reprint coming soon from Wild Animal Publishing!
This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to provide this review.