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Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
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Jun 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: project-unshackle, green-books, literature-fiction
Read from May 13 to June 05, 2012

I have mixed feelings after finally completing Wendell Berry's novel Jayber Crow. I will start by saying that Berry has become a hero of mine. One seldom finds a philosopher who seems to speak directly to many of the same questions that circle about inside your own mine. Berry has become that kind of voice to me and this novel is a powerful manifestation of the idea's that drive Berry's philosophy. And it is beautifully written. Sentences flow with the slow, steady pulse of the river that runs beside Port William. however, it is this slowness, this deliberateness in the plot and pacing of the book that can be a challenge. Rejecting the breakneck life of the modern industrialized age lies at the core of what Berry believes, yet when this is transferred to a novel, the results can be, at times, plodding. I found myself more drawn to Berry's essays, which seem to capture the essence of his beliefs in far fewer words, though they lack the lyrical and aesthetic qualities of his fiction. So, I remain split. Definitely a worthwhile read, but undoubtedly a commitment.

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