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Hannah Coulter

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Back to a simpler time
It's like a visit to bygone days that were simpler and sweeter!
Review by / (Posted on 8/23/2016)
A measure of empathy
Wendell Berry is an amazing writer. Hannah Colter is one of many novels set in a time period when life was more simple and difficult. The books are written by the different characters and follow their lives through the joys and pains that are our lives. While Hannah Colter comments on recounting 'giving thanks' I was struck by the sorrow and pain she suffered. I don't know if that's a greater reflection on me than it is on the character, but I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a soul!
Review by / (Posted on 7/11/2016)
Had a hard time believing this was Christian fiction
Although the writing was very good, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and plotlines, I was constantly looking for anything Christian in it. Church was not an integral part of the characters lives. Once in a while there was a minor reference to a bible verse. The use of language upon occasion was a red flag for me. I think this was fairly moral and mostly sweet, but I would not consider this Christian fiction, and the fact that I bought it from Christianaudio was a bit off-putting. With that thought in my mind I think I enjoyed it just a little less than I would if it had been labelled "moral fiction".
I have to admit, the narrator (Susan Denaker) was excellent!!
Now I'm listening to Nathan Coulter and the language in that is worse by far. I have a feeling I'm going to be wincing all the way through it.
Sorry Mr. Berry, I felt that none of that language was necessary if you want it to be enjoyed by folks who are trying to escape from the world's values.
Review by / (Posted on 8/16/2014)
Disappointed with language
The story was interesting, with wisdom through the years coming out, but I deleted it because I didn't care for the language that it used....Not something I'd allow in my home as a Christian.
Review by / (Posted on 3/27/2014)
Nearly 5 stars
I would give this five stars except that a few times, Berry goes off on tangents that seem to clearly be him stating his opinions apart from the character. A chapter on the horrors of Okinawa, for instance. But once again, Berry writes an amazing account of one woman's memories of growing up as a "member" of the Port William community. Some of the stories are familiar, if you've read other Berry stories, but this time they're from a woman's point of view. In telling my wife about what I was reading, I would usually refer to what "she" was saying instead of what Berry was writing (regardless of what I wrote above.) Of those stories, I was a bit perplexed by the suicide of one character not being mentioned by Hannah, which we read about in another of Berry's books, even though she was personally close to that character.

Of course, Berry weaves into the story his views on agriculture, community and war and peace. There's even a little sex, from a woman's point of view worked into the narrative.

Bottomline, I can't get enough of Wendell Berry and was disappointed he did not win the Nobel Prize for literature. Hopefully, before he dies.
Review by / (Posted on 10/13/2013)
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