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The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry
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Oct 25, 2010

really liked it
Read in September, 2010

Another wonderful Berry book with a favorite character from Port William, KY. It's the last day in Jack's life, with the usual flashbacks. These books most remind me of the Jan Karon series, but with better and more varied characters and super quality writing. I love that small town atmosphere. About Jack: "Anyone who looked at him in those days sensed that he was a man who would do unflinchingly whatever he thought necessary, whatever affection or loyalty or obligation demanded. He had become a man whose presence changed other men; when he came among them his influence was discernable in the way they looked or stood or spoke." About the hotel for retirees where Jack lived: "For years now Jayber Crow has referred to the establishment as the local airport: 'Where are gathered those about to depart into the heavens.'"

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