Jayber Crow: A Novel

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Counterpoint Press, Aug 30, 2001 - Fiction - 384 pages
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“This is a book about Heaven,” says Jayber Crow, “but I must say too that . . . I have wondered sometimes if it would not finally turn out to be a book about Hell.” It is 1932 and he has returned to his native Port William to become the town's barber.

Orphaned at age ten, Jayber Crow’s acquaintance with loneliness and want have made him a patient observer of the human animal, in both its goodness and frailty.

He began his search as a "pre-ministerial student" at Pigeonville College. There, freedom met with new burdens and a young man needed more than a mirror to find himself. But the beginning of that finding was a short conversation with "Old Grit," his profound professor of New Testament Greek.
"You have been given questions to which you cannot be given answers. You will have to live them out—perhaps a little at a time."
"And how long is that going to take?"
"I don't know. As long as you live, perhaps."
"That could be a long time."
"I will tell you a further mystery," he said. "It may take longer."

Wendell Berry’s clear-sighted depiction of humanity’s gifts—love and loss, joy and despair—is seen though his intimate knowledge of the Port William Membership.

 

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Before reading this book, I knew vaguely of Wendell Berry as an environmentalist and was not familiar with his writing. [Jayber Crow] is one of several novels set in the fictional town of Port William ... Read full review

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I discovered this author from a friend's suggestion.Mr. Berry's books are stories of people that have endured life and all it gives and takes from you.The stories take place in a simpler time. Each ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
Goforth
Chapter 4 The Good Shepherd
The Call
Pigeonville
The Great World
Chapter 10A Little Worter Dranking Party
Rose of San Antone
Chapter20How It HeldTogether Partly Chapter 21Dont SendaBoy to Do a Mans Work Chapter 22 Born
Part III
The Way of Love
A Passage of Family Life
Chapter25A Period of Disintegration
Finalities
A New Life
Branch

Forsaking All Others
Untold
Chapter 19A Gathering
Chapter 29On the Edge Chapter 30 The Keith Placeinthe Way ofthe World Chapter 31The Nest Egg Chapter32Seen Afar
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Wendell Berry is the author of fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He was recently awarded the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. For over forty years he has lived and farmed with his wife, Tanya, in Kentucky.

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