- Series: Port William
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Counterpoint (June 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582431248
- ISBN-13: 978-1582431246
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An essayist, novelist, and poet, Wendell Berry is the author of more than thirty books. He lives and farms in his native Kentucky with his wife, Tanya Berry.
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Even before I eventually returned to finish the book later that day, I ordered still another installment in Wendell Berry's series, probably my fifth or sixth one. Berry's cast of characters are imperfect people whose authenticity warmed my heart-and broke it, infuriated me, made me laugh out loud or sense tears welling up, and usually reflected a fair share of myself, the good and the not so.
The story revolves around the intertwined lives of inhabitants of the tiny Kentucky town of Port William in the mid-1940s. They weather a natural disaster, endure loss, experience brotherhood, and root themselves in their love and harsh demands of the land they farm. They are bound by sweat and honor. A strong undercurrent of humor exists to balance the pastoral beauty and poignant drama of their existence.
I wish I could know these people. But then, maybe I do and just can't see it for all the complex diversions and distractions of our current day. It is too difficult to parse out this book. For me its richness and poetic beauty are more easily felt than described. The next Port William book cannot arrive in the mail soon enough.
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