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The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry
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Sep 16, 2010

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Read from August 30 to September 16, 2010

Taken on its own, this novel contains many of Berry's typical concerns and displays his enchanting prose style. As a volume in the literature of Port William, however, it has less to distinguish it than I would have liked. There is no plot--something you get used to in Berry. But, worse, the book lacks the grand rural-epic story arc of Jayber Crow, and the quantity of bitter world-weariness exceeds that of Jayber Crow and Nathan Coulter. Still, it's a very readable novel and likely to charm readers who first encounter Port William here. In terms of form, the book has much in common with the later (and less successful) Hannah Coulter.

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