PDF or EBOOK (The Memory of Old Jack) î Wendell Berry


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  • The Memory of Old Jack
  • Wendell Berry
  • English
  • 06 February 2020
  • 9781582430430

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  1. says: PDF or EBOOK (The Memory of Old Jack) î Wendell Berry Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Wendell Berry

    PDF or EBOOK (The Memory of Old Jack) î Wendell Berry Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Wendell Berry A beautifully written and intimate portrayal of A farming man at the end of his days in rural Kentucky in 1952

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    PDF or EBOOK (The Memory of Old Jack) î Wendell Berry Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Wendell Berry Wendell Berry ´ 2 Read A lovely book and it has such gorgeous writing I dare you to read this and not tear up I have come to read several of Wendell Berry’s books set in the fictional Kentucky town of Port William They focus on the families of the town related by birth and their ties to the land All are as kin they rely on each other know everything about one another and share common joys and sorrows There is a shared understanding of eac

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    Review The Memory of Old Jack Wendell Berry ´ 2 Read PDF or EBOOK (The Memory of Old Jack) î Wendell Berry Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous Reading this book is like dreaming coherently it just unfolds in front of you like liuid with images so clear and so simple that you're instantly standing in the bodies of the characters treading the dirt they walk on breathing through their mouths It is a patient book and you must be patient with it and trust its pace Wendell Berry is incredible in many ways and this book is beautiful It is a journey through Old

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    PDF or EBOOK (The Memory of Old Jack) î Wendell Berry The Memory of Old Jack took me back to Port William Kentucky a fictional town that is home to a farming community that I have grown to love This is my fifth book by Wendell Berry; it is also by far the saddest and most deeply affecting Leave taking always is In this story set in 1952 Port William bids farewell to one of their oldest kinsmen Jack Beechum who is 92In the opening pages Berry paints a tender portrait of Old

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    PDF or EBOOK (The Memory of Old Jack) î Wendell Berry Jack Beechum is old now He is unable to help when the men gather the crops he is a fixture when old men gather at the local store he has had to give up his farm to a tenant and reside in the Port William hotel where he is one of several permanent roomers But Jack has had a full life was once a strapping man who sat a horse like a king has known love and failure and heartache and his memories are richer than his curren

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    Review The Memory of Old Jack PDF or EBOOK (The Memory of Old Jack) î Wendell Berry Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Wendell Berry For the past few months I've been working through Wendell Berry's fiction which overall is just marvelous His novels and stories are consistently fine but The Memory of Old Jack is just flat out the best Berry that I've read I still have a few of his books to go The Memory of Old Jack has all the virtues of Berry's other work wise deeply felt environmentally and ethically challenging but it has a level of emotional and s

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    PDF or EBOOK (The Memory of Old Jack) î Wendell Berry What stood out to me in this reading of Old Jack were the narrator's words on ambition in conjunction with the well established sense of place present in all of Berry's fiction Through his narrator Berry offers a critiue of unconsidered ambition or ambition that adheres thoughtlessly to the ladder of success offered by the surrounding culture This emerges first in the character of Andy Catlett who wrestles with the knowledge that

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    PDF or EBOOK (The Memory of Old Jack) î Wendell Berry Wendell Berry ´ 2 Read Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Wendell Berry Wow this one is kind

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    PDF or EBOOK (The Memory of Old Jack) î Wendell Berry Wendell Berry ´ 2 Read Review The Memory of Old Jack Until recently I had never heard of Wendell Berry I started reading The Memory of Old Jack at the same time as my wife started reading Jayber Crow Our house was silent for daysI immediately became immersed in the final day of Jack Beechum reflecting upon his life for better or worse Critics may argue that there is little plot in this book but that’s missing the point This is tapestry weaving and what makes it so subli

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    PDF or EBOOK (The Memory of Old Jack) î Wendell Berry Hold on Trying to reattach my heartstrings hereOk Now I can start With many readers reflectivepoeticalmemoir type fiction can depending on the readers' experiences and dispositions cause either eye dabbing or eyebrow raisi

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The Memory of Old Jack

Review The Memory of Old Jack Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Wendell Berry Wendell Berry ´ 2 Read Eat 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 Wow this one is kind of hard for me to review I have tried to read so many things by Wendell Berry probably for about the past ten years and I ve never managed than a short essay or a dozen pages of a novel before giving up I ve always felt guilty for this A farmer from Kentucky who writes about the evils of modern agriculture the joys of engaging in meaningful work and the importance of being connected to nature and place it is all right up my alley why couldn t I get into it Maybe I just haven t been patient enough The pace of this novel is really really slow It follows the reflections of Old Jack a retired Kentucky farmer As an old man he looks back on his life recalling joys and sorrows accomplishments and regrets It s not a book I was ever really eager to pick up but once I started I got sucked in Not in a way that I couldn t put the book down but I just felt like I was right there with Old Jack seeing what he was seeing feeling what he was feeling I think my eyes were brimming with tears almost the entire time I was reading this It captured so many of my feelings towards farming and the world in general I m not going to be able to say it elouently but I was so moved by Old Jack s contentment in the solitude of his work yet also the pleasure of falling into rhythm when working with others I related to the joys of working with one s hands and the feelings of both utter exhaustion and delight following a day of work in the fields His reflections on the simultaneous significance and insignificance of life and being able to really surrender to that idea were really striking I could go on and on but I ll stop thereThis book is definitely not for everyone but I m glad I finally was able to stick with a Wendell Berry novel

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Review The Memory of Old Jack Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Wendell Berry Wendell Berry ´ 2 Read 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 A lovely book and it has such gorgeous writing I dare you to read this and not tear up I have come to read several of Wendell Berry s books set in the fictional Kentucky town of Port William They focus on the families of the town related by birth and their ties to the land All are as kin they rely on each other know everything about one another and share common joys and sorrows There is a shared understanding of each one s weaknesses and strengths The land on which they live and the tight sense of community are the essence of these novels The characters become individuals you care for they come to feel as your own friendsReaders meet the Beechum Feltner Coulter and Catlett families And others such as Jayber CrowThere is a sense of peace and continuity that pervades the tales This is due to the writing There is wisdom beautifully expressed about human behavior and the inherent beauty importance and value of land After one s own death the land remains It passes from one generation to the next One can draw a sense of peace and tranuility from this knowledgeIn this story one learns about Jack Beechum It is 1952 and he is an old man of ninety two He reminisces We follow his thoughts through the years We learn about what has occurred in the town We learn about its inhabitants and we learn about him I found his thoughts about his own life revealing The central focus of the book is looking back at one s life when it is almost over What is important and what isn t It is about the appreciation of good memories and the acceptance of mistakes madeI found this to be a wise and beautiful bookPaul Michaels narrates this audiobook as he has narrated the others about Port William His narration is absolutely perfect This is how books should be narrated Each character is given their own intonation and each one wonderfully captures that character s personality The speed is perfect and every word can be easily heard I have given both the narration and the written book itself five starsEven if this is my favorite book so far I don t think you should start here It is better if you already know who the people in Port William are I suggest reading the short story Stand By Me first There is a free online link to it in my review If the writing style appeals to you then I would suggest continuing in the following order Stand By Me 4 starsJayber Crow 4 starsA Place on Earth 4 starsThe Memory of Old Jack 5 starsHannah Coulter 2 starsNathan Coulter 2 starsAndy Catlett Early Travels TBRMaybe this is wrong I have not yet read all the books but have I read the best

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Review The Memory of Old Jack Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Wendell Berry Wendell Berry ´ 2 Read 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 centuryFew novelists tr The Memory of Old Jack took me back to Port William Kentucky a fictional town that is home to a farming community that I have grown to love This is my fifth book by Wendell Berry it is also by far the saddest and most deeply affecting Leave taking always is In this story set in 1952 Port William bids farewell to one of their oldest kinsmen Jack Beechum who is 92In the opening pages Berry paints a tender portrait of Old Jack standing on a hotel porch leaning on a cane in the early hours of a fall morning He is cold and contemplates where he can go to seek the warmth of a stove We learn soon enough why in ways than one he is a man wrapped in shade For the last eight years Jack has taken up residence at Mrs Hendrick s hotel a place the town barber Jayber Crow calls the local airport where are gathered those about to depart into the heavens Rather than live with his daughter and her banker husband in the city Jack has chosen to board in this hotel in order to belong among people he loves and knows well As his health begins to fail Old Jack increasingly takes leave of the present and retreats to memories of his past We are told that he is four miles and sixty four years away in the time when he had music in him and he was light Jack s nephew Mat Feltner and his wife and the Port William folks register this change with concern Old Jack has become a worry to them In the last weeks his mind seems to have begun to fail They have all found him at the various stations of his rounds just standing as poignantly vacant as an empty house And they have watched him those who care about him because they feel that he is going away from them going into the past that now holds nearly all of him And they yearn toward him knowing that they will be changed when he is gone The story of Old Jack s life is built up gradually from his own reminiscence of times past as well as from the memories of various individuals in Port William who have labored side by side with him in the fields Readers familiar with Wendell Berry s writing will be pleased to meet again Ben Feltner the Coulter brothers Burley and Jarrat Nathan and Hannah Coulter Elton and Mary Penn Wheeler Catlett and his sons Andy and Henry These memories speak of Jack s commitment to hard and honest labor working off debts twice in his life unhappy marriage loneliness and firm friendship with the men of Port William We see Jack from the perspective of Andy Catlett his great grand nephew Wheeler Catlett his grand nephew and lawyer Mat Feltner his nephew Writing this I become aware of how three generations of men have looked upon Jack as the salt of the earth role model An astute reviewer pointed out that The Memory of Old Jack is a communal memory It is a beautiful collective memory of how one generation gives to another In his younger days Jack Beechum has looked up to Ben Feltner his brother in law a man of few words who keeps his judgment to himself Berry tells us Ben was the man Jack watched and listened to and checked his judgement against In turn Mat Feltner age 69 has always depended on Old Jack for help when it is needed All his life Mat has had Jack before him as standard and example teacher and taskmaster and companion friend and comforter When Jack is gone then Mat will be the oldest of that fellowship of friends and kin of which Old Jack has been for so long the center The youngest of them all Andy Catlett is torn between leaving for college and continuing the work of his predecessors who have given their lives to the land The blessedness of the fellowship in Port William finds its expression best in Andy s contemplation Since the beginning of his consciousness he has felt over and around him the regard of that fellowship of kinsmen and friends watching him warning him correcting him teasing him instructing him not so much because of any ambition they have for him as because in him they see come back again traits and features of dead men and women they loved The hardest chapter to read is the one titled Return when Old Jack finally draws his last breath By then I can hardly hold back my tears Now I know why one reviewer said I dare you to read this and not tear up In case you think this is a sentimental book it explores the struggles of life with clarity and wisdom There is an abundance of goodwill love and care in Port William that spills beyond these pages to touch the reader too This may not be a book for everyone its appeal may depend on one s season in life It is elegiac in tone Yet like Old Jack the reader will not fail to locate a warm stove between the lines to thaw the chill Sadness is assuaged by the acceptance and love anchored in a community of faithful men and women Lovely book

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