***Warning: This audiobook may contain offensive content***
This, the first title in the Port William series, introduces the rural section of Kentucky with which novelist Wendell Berry has had a lifelong fascination. When young Nathan loses his grandfather, Berry guides readers through the process of Nathan's grief, endearing the reader to the simple humanity through which Nathan views the world. Echoing Berry's own strongly held beliefs, Nathan tells us that his grandfather's life "couldn't be divided from the days he'd spent at work in his fields." Berry has long been compared to Faulkner for his ability to erect entire communities in his fiction, and his heart and soul have always lived in Port William, Kentucky. In this eloquent novel about duty, community, and a sweeping love of the land, Berry gives readers a classic book that takes them to that storied place.
- NOT a Christian book for youth!
I had thought that literature on a CHRISTIAN book site would be "Christian"...I guess not...within the first 5 chapters of Nathan Coulter there is so much that I would NEVER want my son to hear that I put it away...I proceeded to give it another chance with the second CD and see if it was different- it was WORSE...
There is animal cruelty ("sticking a firecracker into a birds butt hole and blowing it up" and "hanging a cat" and then for fun "shooting Grandmas ducks")
Its also got a good deal of definitely inappropriate female to male encounters (visiting a fair/carnival nude dance show, "touching a fortune tellers breasts")
ALL this within the first 7 chapters...
A CHRISTIAN BOOK seller should ensure that their books for youth ARE Christian based...I can promise you this book is NOT!! I'm so disappointed...you ruin your opportunity to have a return customer with this type of issue...PLEASE DO NOT PUT MATERIAL THAT IS NOT CHRISTIAN BASED ON YOUR PRODUCT SITE IF IT IS OBVIOUSLY ANYTHING BUT CHRISTIAN AND CERTIANLY NOT "GEARED" FOR YOUTH!!! so frustrated!
- First time's a charm
In Wendell Berry's first novel, published in 1960, we're introduced to some of the characters that populate the fictitious Port William. Nathan is a boy growing up on a farm. In a short span of time he undergoes a variety of family traumas. Berry is a wonderfully descriptive, spiritual writer. And, as always, narrarator Paul Michael does amazing work, bringing to life a plethora of characters -- young boys, old women, old men.
- Part Faulkner, part Twain, and wholly...
Part Faulkner, part Twain, and wholly engrossing, Nathan Coulter had me immersed in the richness of its characters and the beauty of its setting from start to finish. Its sparse narrative and deceptively simple perspective (that of a boy in depression-era, rural, northwestern Kentucky) delve deeply into inviolable themes of family, community, and stewardship. Nostalgic? Yes - but this work goes beyond resurrecting a bygone era's values by eloquently affirming their present-day relevance.
Adding still more sparkle to this memoir-styled classic is the reader, Paul Michael. In both his pacing and his portrayal, Michael perfectly captures the nuances of the culture that inspired Nathan Coulter, making for a truly great audio book. I highly recommend it!