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Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
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Oct 07, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: 2010-books-read
Read from February 26 to October 06, 2010

I know Berry is a hero to many and practically a demi-god where I work, but he completely lost me toward the end of the novel. As a Christian I like the subtle working in of faith issues early in the novel, but the last section (15% of the book or so) just gets preachy, annoying, and predictable. While I'll agree with him on favoring small farms over industrialized farms, his version gives this "moral right will win" idea which is simply not the reality we see. Immoral industrialization of our food and farms will not stop if we think good intentions alone will overcome them. Yes, people suffer because of them. But the industry does not care, so what do we learn from this? Nothing.

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