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In a rural Kentucky river town, "Old Jack" Beechum, a retired farmer, sees his life again through the sades of one burnished day in September 1952. Bringing the earthiness of America's past to mind, The Memory of Old Jack conveys the truth and integrity of the land and the people who live from it. Through the eyes of one man can be seen the values Americans strive to recapture as we arrive at the next century.
"Few novelists treat both their characters and their readers with the kind of respect that Wendell Berry displays in this deeply moving account . . . The Memory of Old Jack is a slab of rich Americana." The New York Times Book Review
|Series:||Port William Series|
|Edition description:||1ST COUNTE|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have read and reread this book and given copies to friends. This book never fails to move me--Jack's recollections of his life are inticrate but at the same time simple and familiar. The Memory of Old Jack is very 'true' in its portrayal of humanity.
This little gem is a powerful poem in novel form. For the protagonist, close to death, the past is more present than the present. What might be perceived as dementia by the young, the uncaring, or the uprooted, is a testament to a way of life that is held precious by those who know 'Old Jack', and - at the end - held precious by the perceptive and mature reader. This is a book about America, the human mind, and men and women, seen through the lens of rural life.
I don't recall the last time I have read a book so boring! The only good point of this book is the developing identity of the the main character, Old Jack. The Color Purple has better character developments and more of a plot, get that instead.