A World Lost
"An elegiac celebration of the end of innocence....A sharp portrait of a small farming town nursing its secrets over several decades". Kirkus Reviews
Andy Catlett is nine years old when his...more
I have said this before, but Berry does not employ literary pyrotechnics, He does not need them. His style is graceful, lovely, filled with hope and yet infused with a melancholy that is realistic and sometimes even heartbreaking. His characters are among the richest I have ever read. They are people you wish you knew, but knowing that they exist in his pages is enough to comfort you that they could truly exist in this world. ...more
If this weren't enough, you make us inhabit his every thought.
This story made me wish I'd been born a boy.
Before you jump to strange conclusions, let me explain. Girls often drape themselves in their mother's ...more
"I learned that all human stories in this world contain many lost or unwritten or unreadable or unwritable pages and that the truth about us, though it must exist though it must lie all around us everyday, is mostly hidden from us, like birds' nests in the woods."
"In that time of grief and discouragement and defeat--it comes clear ...more
introduced to his writings a few years ago? This would have been a good beginning book to the continuing characters in Port William, a small town and farm community in Kentucky. This book is set in the summer of 1944 and narrated by Andy Cartlett, nine at the time. Andy gains insight into the lives of his parents, grandparents, neighbors, and friends. (grandfather) "He was a comforting man to be with. Perhaps that was enough ...more
“Perhaps it was from thinking about him after his death, discovering how much I remembered and how little I knew, that I learned that all human stories in this world contain many lost or unwritten or unreadable or unwritable pages and that the truth about us, though ...more
When young Andy Catlett loses his uncle to gun violence, a world he inhabited was lost to him. The story of his lifelong recalling and reimagining of that world is the subject of this rich novella.
A few fri ...more
“Why are you laughing?” I keep asking him. Wendell Berry’s A World Lost begins with a death, a murder.
But Jeremy is right, Berry’s 104 page novella about the death of Andrew Catlett—beloved uncle, brother, husband, drifter, drinker, dancer, and farmer—in Port William, Kentucky, 1944 is as funny as it is sad and mournful.
A World L ...more
"Finally you must believe as your heart instructs. If you are a gos ...more
The Port William novels are a collection of stories from a small farming town in Kentucky. The stories cross the fi ...more
This is my third Berry fiction book and none of the th ...more
This is a short book about a little boy and the violent death of his uncle, but it is a profound study of human hearts, human loves, and all the little choices we make that so form the stories of everyone around us.
Also, such a sense of place, as always, pervades W.B.'s stories.
I really enjoyed reading this short book by Berry It is typical of Berry's fiction. Although I tend to prefer fiction a little stronge ...more
Writers and readers talk about accurate portrayals of complex characters but are obliged to acknowledge that the best drawn fictional character is only a shadow of the true complexity of a real human being. Berry admits this in his depictions of his characters. Nonetheless, he does the best job of any writer I've experienced in ...more
"A story, I see, is not a life. A story must follow a line; the telling must begin and end. A life, on the contrary, would be impossible to fix in time, for it does not begin within itself, and it does not end...the dead remain in thought as much alive as they ever were, and yet increased in stature and grown remarkably n ...more
I still remember my good people from the 40s, and though they are departed they still live within me today. :)