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Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
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Feb 01, 11

Read in January, 2011

I read Wendell Berry's Jayber Crow some time ago and felt guilty that I did not like it very much. A number of people recommended it to me, but I thought it was just barely average. I received Hannah Coulter as a Christmas present (thank you, Katie and Becky!) and enjoyed it much more than the first Berry selection. The book starts with Hannah, an elderly twice-widowed farm wife and mother of three, saying, "This is the story of my life..." The story is much more than her life, though. Her personal reflections on marriage, war, farming, parenting, friendship, love, loss, and community become universal reflections. The story was sad; the overall theme was the loss of the family farm and the way of life that made the family farm a viable lifestyle. This was a book that could not be read quickly. It calls for pauses and reflections as you read.
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