Counting Sheep

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When Axel Linden left the city to raise sheep, he quickly realized that the simple life did not mean an easy one. The sheep were constantly escaping, plus they needed feeding and mucking and shearing and slaughtering. Amidst this work and worry, Linden developed a Zen-like outlook far beyond mere stoicism. The time spent with the sheep allowed him to contemplate life in a particularly observant way, leading to commentary that is both direct and surprisingly profound. This little collection of diary entries leads you to ponder your own relationships and place in this world even while getting surprisingly caught up in the (truly) gripping drama of questions such as, “Is the sheep sick? Or just depressed?”

Towards the end of the volume, Linden’s farm is running more smoothly and he starts to lose his intimacy with each sheep, especially as he has to make some tough decisions about expanding the flock and ceding some of their care to keep his farm financially viable. By this time, you are so invested in Linden’s life that this is a hard blow, and you agonize about it right with the author. And there is no perfect resolution. But isn’t that life as well?


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Author Axel Lindén
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 160 pages
Publisher Atria Books
Publish Date 2018-Nov-06
ISBN 9781982100629
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Issue March 2019
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