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Nathan Coulter: A Novel
     

Nathan Coulter: A Novel

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by Wendell Berry
 

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This, the first title in the Port William series, introduces the rural section of Kentucky with which novelist Wendell Berry has had a lifelong fascination. When young Nathan loses his grandfather, Berry guides readers through the process of Nathan's grief, endearing the reader to the simple humanity through which Nathan views the world. Echoing Berry's own strongly

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This, the first title in the Port William series, introduces the rural section of Kentucky with which novelist Wendell Berry has had a lifelong fascination. When young Nathan loses his grandfather, Berry guides readers through the process of Nathan's grief, endearing the reader to the simple humanity through which Nathan views the world. Echoing Berry's own strongly held beliefs, Nathan tells us that his grandfather's life "couldn't be divided from the days he'd spent at work in his fields." Berry has long been compared to Faulkner for his ability to erect entire communities in his fiction, and his heart and soul have always lived in Port William, Kentucky. In this eloquent novel about duty, community, and a sweeping love of the land, Berry gives readers a classic book that takes them to that storied place.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
The Coulter family, like the rest of the people who dwell in this tiny farming community... are caught on the wheel of nature, which is at once blindingly beautiful and unwittingly cruel... The narrative is stunning, the natural scene is beautifully evoked.
Newsday
An assured depiction of the coming of age of a young man in rural America... By any standards an unusual and rewarding writer, Berry is especially recommended to readers struggling with the moral and ethical questions confronting contemporary Americans.
San Jose Mercury News
Berry's prose, so carefully tuned you never know it is there, carries us into the very heart of Nathan Coulter and into the land itself.
San Francisco Chronicle
"Spare, elegant and eloquent... Nathan Coulter... is an absolute jewel."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582439679
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Series:
Port William
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
227,741
File size:
646 KB

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Meet the Author

An essayist, novelist, and poet, Wendell Berry has been honored with the T. S. Eliot Award, the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, and the John Hay Award of the Orion Society. Author of more than forty books, he has farmed a hillside in his native Henry County, Kentucky, together with his wife, for almost fifty years.

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Nathan Coulter 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found out about Wendell Barry from an interview I heard on NPR. I was a little confused at first. When I looked up his work the books were presented kind of randomly. They are all about the same imaginary town in Kentucky populated by the same families. After a little research I realized that you can read them that way. They are all stand alone books even though they are all about he same town and people. That said I still read the book he wrote first, first. This is magical storytelling. As you read, disbelief is suspended, this must be an autobiographical story about real people in a real town. If it's not real it sems it should be. I'm sure thousands of people have tried to find the town on maps and google searches. This is first and foremost a book about family and all that means. It's told through the eyes of Nathan Coulter, the younger of two brothers in the family. He tells us about his brother, his parents, his grandparents, his great grandparents, and his friends and neighbors. Through him we get to live with them for a year or so. We don't watch them. We don't look down attthem from afar. We get to live with them. And when it's over you're not ready to leave. Absolutely engrossing. Very early in the process what happens to the people in the book matters because you care about the people in the book. You know them, like them, and want them to be happy. This book seems just as releventt today as when it was written 40 yrs ago. If you like a good story well told you're in for a real treat. Take your time. It will be over too soon.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This was a nice short story and was very descriptive as is his fashion. I did not care for the gratuitous animal abuse throughout the book though. It added nothing to the story or the character development. So if you dont like reading about animals getting killed in various ways, stay away from this. I ended up trying to skip over most of it.