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Second Person Rural: More Essays of a Sometime Farmer, by Noel Perrin. New York: Penguin Books. 152 pp.$4.95.

During the week Noel Perrin is an English professor at Dartmouth; on the weekends he is a Vermont farmer. In between he manages to be a superb writer of essays. ''Second Person Rural,'' a second book by the author, casts an unromantic eye on the realities of country life; there is little about trout streams and a good deal about chain saws. There is a lot about animal and human behavior.

''The Rural Immigration Law'' tells about what happens when a typical couple leaves suburbia to take up residence in the country. Instead of leaving their suburban life style behind, the ''immigrants'' often take it with them. There ought to be a law, Perrin says, that requires new residents to go before a board ''composed entirely of native farmers, loggers, and road-crew men'' to show evidence that they have adopted rural values.

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For those of us who have no particular desire to pick up and move to the country, these essays are an excellent way to get a taste of what it's all about.

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