The Man Who Created Paradise by Gene Logsdon

In the midst of doomsay literature about the environment, there is occasionally a tale of hope – for instance, this one, in the form of a gentle fable.  In this quick-to-read little book, the hero is Wally Spero – a kindly erstwhile metal worker who sees the spoil banks of ravaged strip mined land Paradise as a canvas for “painting a farm” with a the help of a bulldozer named Alice.  As he goes about his business, Wally quietly remakes the hellish landscape of his corner of rural Ohio into a very liveable (and living) thing of beauty.

I expected a preachy environment tome, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn’t.  The book didn’t push any agenda other than a simple drive to improve a bad situation, and how a good and steady attitude transforms a community.  It’s a fable, and in some ways overly simplistic, but it put a smile on my face.  It’s worth reading for any lovers of the natural world who want to make a difference.  Think The Man Who Planted Trees transplanted to Appalachia, and you’ll get the idea.

Other books by Gene Logsdon in the GPL collection:

Gene Logsdon’s Practical SkillsA revival of forgotten crafts, techniques, and traditions

The Low-Maintenance House

Two Acre Eden

(William Hicks, Information Services)

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